"I was desperate. . . . I couldn't turn off the dark thoughts, no matter how hard I tried or how much I prayed. And then I spent a whole weekend in bed, and the crying wouldn't stop, and I got really scared. I've had bouts with depression before—it's kind of a cloud I've learned to live with—but this time was different. I felt like I was going under, like I'd never feel hopeful again, and then that just made my anxiety worse and it all spiraled from there."
Wren Crawford is a social worker who finds herself overwhelmed with the troubles of the world. Her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression are starting to overcome her. She finds solace in art, spiritual formation, and pastoral care along with traditional therapeutic interventions. But a complicated relationship from her past also threatens to undo her progress.
Fans of Sharon Brown's bestselling Sensible Shoes Series will be delighted to discover some old friends along the way. As Wren seeks healing in this beautifully written novel, readers are invited to move beyond pat answers and shallow theology into an experience of hope and presence that illuminates even the darkness.
Brown (Sensible Shoes) pulls back the curtain on mental illness in this moving story. In small-town Michigan, Wren Crawford is a social worker who works with women and children overcoming traumatic events. After years of struggling to maintain happiness, Wren's depression and anxiety begin spiraling dangerously out of control, and she decides to check herself in to Glenwood Psychiatric Hospital. While her depression has never really affected her sense of self she accepts it after seeing it all the time in her work and feels numb to it it has started affecting her mother, causing her to wonder what she could have done to help or better understand her daughter. While at Glenwood, Wren admits that she dislikes change and becomes more receptive to therapy. After learning new coping strategies, she returns home and starts working again, but when a childhood friend with bipolar disorder comes back into her life, Wren feels her progress toward stability and health coming undone. To find a way out of her depression, Wren grabs hold of her faith something she had almost given up. Brown's evocative prose and often claustrophobic exploration of Wren's psyche is both heartbreaking and enthralling. This emotionally harrowing story will appeal to fans of Karen Kingsbury.