Can depression be a gift? Is there something to be gained from those dark and hard places in life? If you or someone you love live with this battle, you’ve probably also felt the shame that seems to accompany the intense pain and feelings of hopelessness. The current estimates state that 15% of adults will experience this growing challenge—depression—at some point in their lives. With this in mind, co-hosts Darlene Brock and Julie Graham interview Melissa Maimone, author of The Radiant Midnight: Depression, Grace and the Gifts of a Dark Place. Her transparency is refreshing as she shares her struggle, even admitting that for her, depression has not disappeared to become a battle of the past. She tells how she has found hope for herself and offers insights for those of us who are walking with someone who is currently in this struggle. How we can have the grit to provide them with the grace they need, not expecting them to “get just over it.” A must-listen if you find yourself in a place of depression or have someone you love with these feelings, alone and helpless in this dark place.
Melissa Maimone is a speaker and author. She brings a message of messy, magnificently authentic faith with depth, humor, and astute biblical teaching. Melissa stirs women to discover a deeper relationship with God. Follow her on her website, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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Quote of the episode:
“An authentic life can be messy and magnificent at the same time.” Melissa Maimone