Silent Souls Weeping
In a culture that strives for happiness and perfection, depression and mental illness are often surrounded by stigma, misunderstanding, and endless questions. In Silent Souls Weeping, bestselling author and nationally-recognized journalist Jane Clayson Johnson hopes to change the LDS dialogue and cultural stigmas surrounding mental illness. She vulnerably shares her own experience with depression along with the experiences of many other Latter-day Saints, offering support to those suffering and understanding to those loving someone with depression.

Silent Souls Weeping Details

TitleSilent Souls Weeping
Author
ReleaseJan 31st, 2019
PublisherDeseret Book Company
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Religion, Christianity, Lds

Silent Souls Weeping Review

  • Lindsay Bartholomew
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book! I, myself, have struggled with depression and found so much hope and validation in this book. Jane is incredibly vulnerable as she shares her own personal battle with depression. She also does a wonderful job sharing other individual's stories of their struggle. She does a great job of sharing the realities of what people go through while suffering from depression, as well as offering nuggets of wisdom and hope. Even if you don't struggle with depression, chances ar I absolutely loved this book! I, myself, have struggled with depression and found so much hope and validation in this book. Jane is incredibly vulnerable as she shares her own personal battle with depression. She also does a wonderful job sharing other individual's stories of their struggle. She does a great job of sharing the realities of what people go through while suffering from depression, as well as offering nuggets of wisdom and hope. Even if you don't struggle with depression, chances are you know someone who does. It would be a great resource to help you understand what your loved one is going through, and how you might help. I highly recommend this book!
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  • Amy Harding
    January 1, 1970
    With an expert journalistic background, personal experience with depression, and a gift for connecting with the inner most parts of the human soul, Jane Clayson Johnson has captivated the core experience and intensity of emotions of suffering from mental illness in a whole and comprehensive way, specifically addressing the experience of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As an over-all, but raw and close-up look at mental health struggles, every reader has the opportunit With an expert journalistic background, personal experience with depression, and a gift for connecting with the inner most parts of the human soul, Jane Clayson Johnson has captivated the core experience and intensity of emotions of suffering from mental illness in a whole and comprehensive way, specifically addressing the experience of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As an over-all, but raw and close-up look at mental health struggles, every reader has the opportunity to understand mental illness, in all it's forms and severity, through personal accounts, yet within the context of gospel truths; to hear the the personal experiences of those who have suffered and those who love those who suffer; to understand the hope that is available from those (including a prophet, mission president, and missionaries) that have been able to endure, serve, and accomplish amazing things in their lives amidst the struggle with mental illness. Jane explores both the physiological and spiritual effects of mental illness, how loved ones can support those suffering from mental illness, as well as how we, as a culture, can better understand and support those that are struggling. I consider this a absolute must-read for everyone who wants to understand the modern epidemic of mental illness in an intimate way for the benefit of their loved ones, their children, their spouses, and themselves.
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  • Janna
    January 1, 1970
    There is much to celebrate with the publication of this book: it's a conversation starter for the important discussions members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints need to have regarding depression; it calls out the toxic perfectionism in our culture as a force that complicates symptoms of depression; it addresses depression in missionaries and youth; it looks at suicide as an epidemic in society; and so much more.I love that topics are explored through the stories and experiences There is much to celebrate with the publication of this book: it's a conversation starter for the important discussions members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints need to have regarding depression; it calls out the toxic perfectionism in our culture as a force that complicates symptoms of depression; it addresses depression in missionaries and youth; it looks at suicide as an epidemic in society; and so much more.I love that topics are explored through the stories and experiences of the people the author interviewed for the book. It really helps combat the feeling of isolation depression engenders. And it also adds a good deal of straight-talk to the book—the details feel as dark and raw as depression does. A particularly helpful chapter discusses the spiritual implications of depression and the feeling of sheer abandonment from God that so often settles in with the disease. The author doesn't, of course, offer a cure for depression. This is not a self-help book. It is a book about the people who deal with depression and the hope and despair they feel in their journeys. I highly recommend it to those who have depression and for the parents, children, siblings, leaders, and others who love them.
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  • Brittany Lesueur
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. This book was amazing. I love the way Jane confronts the negative stigma that is associated with depression in the LDS culture specifically. It is an ideal read for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who may know somebody who battles with mental illness.
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  • Ramona McConkie
    January 1, 1970
    These are important stories that need to be told. I'm just not in love with the journalist format for this subject. It feels a little cavalier, even though Jane does a great job with this skill of hers. I really respect her. She is doing something very difficult, vulnerable, and authentic. And more discourse about this subject is so, so needed in the church. I'm grateful she wrote this.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Giving this 4 stars because although it is not the easiest book to read, it is a necessary one.
  • Delise
    January 1, 1970
    Wish everyone I know would read this book. Compassionately and knowledgeably written. Difficult reading at times but so necessary to get a glimpse into life for so many. May we continue sharing, connecting and loving.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Very well done book! A great help for those who help people with depression
  • Kristiina
    January 1, 1970
    The author begins with a searing description of her own experience with depression. She’d had success in her journalism career and now had the family she’d always longed for, but she wasn’t feeling the happiness she’d expected. Instead, she writes, her mood swung from agitated and angry to numb and deadened. She grew ashamed of how she felt and how she was treating her family, but felt hopeless to do anything about it.In her pain, she concluded that her husband and family would be better off wit The author begins with a searing description of her own experience with depression. She’d had success in her journalism career and now had the family she’d always longed for, but she wasn’t feeling the happiness she’d expected. Instead, she writes, her mood swung from agitated and angry to numb and deadened. She grew ashamed of how she felt and how she was treating her family, but felt hopeless to do anything about it.In her pain, she concluded that her husband and family would be better off without her, and she began planning her own funeral: imagining who would speak, what music would be played, where her burial site would be. And perhaps most alarmingly, she began making plans for what would happen to her family when she was gone. “The most urgent item on my mental to-do list was finding my ‘replacement.’ Silently, secretly, I began to search for a new mother for my children, a new wife for my husband.”With that honest telling of her own story, Johnson invites readers to join a conversation about depression. She says the worst part of the illness is the isolation that envelops its sufferers, and this book is an attempt to break some of the stigma and allow open dialogue.
The author interviewed hundreds of people for the book, and their stories capture the bone-cracking pain of depression. But they also extend the hope that good medical treatment and the love of a community can bring healing to those who suffer. I cried while reading some of these stories, but ultimately found myself deeply grateful for the experience of sharing them.A note on the religious aspect of the book. It is clearly directed to member’s of Johnson’s faith community, with specific recommendations for members of the Mormon church. But I think anyone who has experienced depression or who loves someone who has will connect with the general message of the book. It is a treasure.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Kudos to Jane Clayson Johnson for doing such a fabulous job with the topic of depression. Jane writes about depression through the lens of the church.First of all, can we just talk about the title--"Silent Souls Weeping" is so evocative, so beautiful, so perfect for this book.She starts the book with her own personal story of depression (it was a great story) and then interviewed 150 women, men, and teens--all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints about their experiences wit Kudos to Jane Clayson Johnson for doing such a fabulous job with the topic of depression. Jane writes about depression through the lens of the church.First of all, can we just talk about the title--"Silent Souls Weeping" is so evocative, so beautiful, so perfect for this book.She starts the book with her own personal story of depression (it was a great story) and then interviewed 150 women, men, and teens--all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints about their experiences with depression, either as a sufferer or a family member of a depressed person. She was able to sift through the thousands of pages of interviews to put together a book that shares some experiences but also shares messages from the brethren.A theme throughout the book is a request to change the stigma about depression and create more dialogue around it--particularly in a religion so centered on "our happiness."I highly recommend this book for everyone. Whether you have suffered depression, have a family member who has suffered depression, or have served in a church calling where you worked with people with depression, you will find insight and understanding.This is the best book I've ever read about depression. I connected with so much of what she said.We're planning to invite Jane Clayson Johnson to our book group's discussion of this book.The audio version available via Deseret Book was read by the author.
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  • belle liang
    January 1, 1970
    With the narrative momentum of an award-winning investigative journalist, and the sensitivity of a fellow sojourner, Jane Clayson Johnson has expertly and lovingly drawn out the stories of those who have suffered silently with depression. She serves as trusted confidante, therapist, and spiritual guide, lifting the veil of stigma to create new community and provide a life line for those who feel alone or hopeless. It is her personal vulnerability, the lack of sugar-coating, her willingness to pl With the narrative momentum of an award-winning investigative journalist, and the sensitivity of a fellow sojourner, Jane Clayson Johnson has expertly and lovingly drawn out the stories of those who have suffered silently with depression. She serves as trusted confidante, therapist, and spiritual guide, lifting the veil of stigma to create new community and provide a life line for those who feel alone or hopeless. It is her personal vulnerability, the lack of sugar-coating, her willingness to place her own secret life in the limelight that strike me the most. During a time in history where people find no comfort in hollow platitudes, yet are more desperate for hope than ever, this book provides such intelligent and firsthand insight into how to join with God in the midst of personal suffering. L.B. Cowman described life as a steep and murky climb—we can’t see even steps in front of us and so we get afraid. We need the encouragement and wisdom of a fellow climber ahead of us who calls back to say “I’m here…this is what the path looks like up above you, here’s how I navigated when I was where you are…” This courageous and profound act of generosity reveals many beautiful things about the author herself—her deep soul and her belief in the power and sacred obligation of speaking one’s faith and telling one’s stories.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    For all those who have suffered in silence, this book is a voice for you. Depression, in all it’s real and endless darkness for one who suffers it, seems to evoke the opposite conviction of not being real to those who have never experienced it. Which makes it understandable, though not justified, that people with depression are treated with such carelessness and belittlement. That is why this book is so needed in a culture that projects perfection as the ideal. The stories of so many anguished s For all those who have suffered in silence, this book is a voice for you. Depression, in all it’s real and endless darkness for one who suffers it, seems to evoke the opposite conviction of not being real to those who have never experienced it. Which makes it understandable, though not justified, that people with depression are treated with such carelessness and belittlement. That is why this book is so needed in a culture that projects perfection as the ideal. The stories of so many anguished souls will touch even the strongest of unbelievers, and comfort those in the depths of the disease’s loneliness. Stories of people from all walks of life, race, and gender, along with the breakdown of the different ways we experience depression speaks to us all, uniting us in the knowledge that we are not alone and that we need each other. But mostly this book brings hope. The hope that maybe we can all become a little more educated and a little more compassionate toward the suffering of others. And the hope that we might make someone’s day just a little bit easier.
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  • Kara Breit
    January 1, 1970
    Please read this book! It is one of the most meaningful books you will finish. If you have depression, you will connect with many of the people you meet in its pages and cheer for feeling less alone in the world. That was very valuable to me. If you know and love someone with depression, Silent Souls Weeping will candidly and generously open your eyes to the real world of living with this pervasive mental illness. Some people here have said that it's too much of a downer, but that is the reality Please read this book! It is one of the most meaningful books you will finish. If you have depression, you will connect with many of the people you meet in its pages and cheer for feeling less alone in the world. That was very valuable to me. If you know and love someone with depression, Silent Souls Weeping will candidly and generously open your eyes to the real world of living with this pervasive mental illness. Some people here have said that it's too much of a downer, but that is the reality of living with depression and that fact is important to understand so we can all be truly empathetic. I feel like Jane achieves a good balance of sound reasoning, compelling personal accounts, spiritual interpretation and useful advice. I love that it’s more than one story of depression because the illness itself is multi-layered and multi-faceted, board in its effect and impact. That is important to understand. Upon finishing the book, my copy is filled with dog-eared corners, highlighting, hand-written notes and comments. So many good nuggets. I think you will have the same experience.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This book is important. I struggle to put into words how this book touched me. Jane combined personal stories, stories of others and advice from doctors. Whether you or someone you love struggles with depression, there is hope in hearing others stories. There are lessons to be learned by reading how people made it through the darkest days. There is a chapter on being the caregiver of someone drowning in the depths of depression. Most importantly, this is the first book I have read on the topic t This book is important. I struggle to put into words how this book touched me. Jane combined personal stories, stories of others and advice from doctors. Whether you or someone you love struggles with depression, there is hope in hearing others stories. There are lessons to be learned by reading how people made it through the darkest days. There is a chapter on being the caregiver of someone drowning in the depths of depression. Most importantly, this is the first book I have read on the topic that directly tackles the spiritual side of depression. As faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we can saddle ourselves with additional spiritual pressures, and when we need God's love most, the mental and chemical imbalance in our brain can make it impossible to feel the comfort and love of the spirit. This seems to be a universal theme throughout the book. It is comforting to know I am not alone. I listened to this book over the course of 2 days. I am going to buy a hard copy for reference.
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  • Heather Hunt
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone should read this book. What individual, what family, is not somehow acquainted with the hidden monster of depression or some form of mental illness? Jane attacks the stigma, shame and mythology that sadly, even in the 21st century, still envelop emotional illnesses and their sufferers, and she does so head-on, with sensitivity, honesty and bravery. Her new book is a timely, badly needed and insightful portrait--or portraits--of the challenges faced by so many who struggle with this deva Everyone should read this book. What individual, what family, is not somehow acquainted with the hidden monster of depression or some form of mental illness? Jane attacks the stigma, shame and mythology that sadly, even in the 21st century, still envelop emotional illnesses and their sufferers, and she does so head-on, with sensitivity, honesty and bravery. Her new book is a timely, badly needed and insightful portrait--or portraits--of the challenges faced by so many who struggle with this devastating disease. I highly recommend Silent Souls Weeping as a help to those who battle depression, a guide for those who love them and as a conversation-starter and rallying point for families, neighbors, workplaces and congregations—anyone who believes, as I do, that it’s past time that diseases of the brain be treated with the same combination of medical best practices and human empathy that are used to battle any other kind of physical malady.
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  • Adam
    January 1, 1970
    This book deserves the 5 star review, largely because it is filling such a needed gap in the LDS community. Depression is still so often, and harmfully, thought of as a choice or consequence of choices that so many people suffer alone and in silence. That's why I love what Johnson does here, bringing a voice to so many people's experiences who are struggling so much to find their way through an absolutely horrible disease. I love that she goes through all the major areas where depression manifes This book deserves the 5 star review, largely because it is filling such a needed gap in the LDS community. Depression is still so often, and harmfully, thought of as a choice or consequence of choices that so many people suffer alone and in silence. That's why I love what Johnson does here, bringing a voice to so many people's experiences who are struggling so much to find their way through an absolutely horrible disease. I love that she goes through all the major areas where depression manifests itself, teenagers, post-partum depression, missionaries, spouses, because of perfectionism, etc. Additionally she adds some guidance and context to the each problem area to guide those who are wanting to help, including family, friends, and leaders. A fabulous and sobering read that is desperately needed for those who struggle so much.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    As someone who struggles with depression, I want my parents, my friends, my ward members, my bishop and anyone else I interact with in a church setting to read this book. It gives a beautiful window into what it feels like to live with depression. I had to read the first few chapters one at a time because it made me so emotional that someone had managed to capture that feeling I have never been able to describe precisely. Johnson carefully crafts the narrative around the experiences of hundreds As someone who struggles with depression, I want my parents, my friends, my ward members, my bishop and anyone else I interact with in a church setting to read this book. It gives a beautiful window into what it feels like to live with depression. I had to read the first few chapters one at a time because it made me so emotional that someone had managed to capture that feeling I have never been able to describe precisely. Johnson carefully crafts the narrative around the experiences of hundreds of people with depression that she interviewed (she says in the acknowledgements that she had at least a thousand pages of transcripts from those interviews). This is a guide book for the loved ones of those suffering under depressions weight. Johnson shares insights into how there can be caring and compassion when someone you love is struggling with something that is so hard to understand.
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  • Dave Hunt
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Clayson Johnson delves sensitively and incisively into the heartache of depression in Silent Souls Weeping, adding a personal perspective of the battle many go through in an attempt to escape its relentless clutches. As a religious leader who talks frequently with people who are fighting depression, I appreciate Jane’s insight that the comfort and joy of feeling the influence of the Holy Spirit while fighting clinical depression are basically inaccessible. She correctly asserts that the mal Jane Clayson Johnson delves sensitively and incisively into the heartache of depression in Silent Souls Weeping, adding a personal perspective of the battle many go through in an attempt to escape its relentless clutches. As a religious leader who talks frequently with people who are fighting depression, I appreciate Jane’s insight that the comfort and joy of feeling the influence of the Holy Spirit while fighting clinical depression are basically inaccessible. She correctly asserts that the malady needs to be taken and treated seriously, and there must be some relief before the Spirit can have its calming and healing effect on a depression sufferer. Jane’s book will open the eyes of many to the intense distress and needs of those who experience depression.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful book for anyone suffering from depression and other mental illness. Especially for members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It has been so helpful for me to read of the experiences of others who suffer from the affects of depression. I especially identified with the perfectionism syndrome we all so often struggle with. This is such an important book to rid our society, especially our religious culture of the stigma surrounding mental illness. It is not some This is a wonderful book for anyone suffering from depression and other mental illness. Especially for members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It has been so helpful for me to read of the experiences of others who suffer from the affects of depression. I especially identified with the perfectionism syndrome we all so often struggle with. This is such an important book to rid our society, especially our religious culture of the stigma surrounding mental illness. It is not something to be “prayed away”, but with help from professionals, doctors and the grace of God, we can find the peace we are striving for. And when those around us know how to support us the healing is all the better.
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  • Meltagg
    January 1, 1970
    ''Silent Souls Weeping' is a gift to all those suffering from depression or those who love those suffering from depression. Jane Clayson Johnson is candid about her own story which goes such a long way toward reducing stigma and bringing the mental health discussion into the light of day where it belongs. The abundance of additional stories and experiences in this book amplify this critical dialog. Our family has been touched significantly and painfully by depression. Yet we have found it to hav ''Silent Souls Weeping' is a gift to all those suffering from depression or those who love those suffering from depression. Jane Clayson Johnson is candid about her own story which goes such a long way toward reducing stigma and bringing the mental health discussion into the light of day where it belongs. The abundance of additional stories and experiences in this book amplify this critical dialog. Our family has been touched significantly and painfully by depression. Yet we have found it to have also increased our faith and strengthened our family bonds. Johnson's book helps me see even further how we can do even more to connect with each other on the holy path to mental health. Thank you, Jane, for shining bright, heavenly light on such a critical topic!!
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  • Julie Marriott
    January 1, 1970
    "Silent Souls Weeping" is a powerful book and long overdue. The breadth and depth of content is extraordinary. This book is a must-read for members of the LDS community and anyone of faith who has a loved one suffering from depression or who is suffering themselves. The author touches on many facets of depression that are not typically discussed including what depression feels like, how to meaningfully support someone with depression and how to find hope and help. Long overdue discussions and ne "Silent Souls Weeping" is a powerful book and long overdue. The breadth and depth of content is extraordinary. This book is a must-read for members of the LDS community and anyone of faith who has a loved one suffering from depression or who is suffering themselves. The author touches on many facets of depression that are not typically discussed including what depression feels like, how to meaningfully support someone with depression and how to find hope and help. Long overdue discussions and new approaches to supporting and loving others will ensue because of this important and powerful book.
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    A MUST READ; This book bridges the gap between understanding mental illness and the survivors who have battled this cruel disease and overcome their affliction. Those who speak about their constant struggles, are the brave ones. They have shared their most personal stories so that we, the readers, might have a glimpse into their lives and suffering. There are those who weep silently, feeling ashamed. Ms. Johnson skillfully weaves the narrative and explores the importance of an open dialogue rega A MUST READ; This book bridges the gap between understanding mental illness and the survivors who have battled this cruel disease and overcome their affliction. Those who speak about their constant struggles, are the brave ones. They have shared their most personal stories so that we, the readers, might have a glimpse into their lives and suffering. There are those who weep silently, feeling ashamed. Ms. Johnson skillfully weaves the narrative and explores the importance of an open dialogue regarding this disease. The chapter which addresses the suffering of children, and their parents who feel helpless, is especially poignant. Yet, hope is evident on every page.
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  • Janette
    January 1, 1970
    Silent Souls Weeping is an excellent book. A must read for all. I echo all of the previous reviews written. It is informative, inspiring and gives hope. It shines a light on an issue that affects all of us in some way or another, as friends, family and church leaders. Jane Clayson Johnson does an excellent job sharing her own experience as well as the experiences of others. The book can aid us all in being more compassionate and empathetic to those living with mental/mood disorders. I especially Silent Souls Weeping is an excellent book. A must read for all. I echo all of the previous reviews written. It is informative, inspiring and gives hope. It shines a light on an issue that affects all of us in some way or another, as friends, family and church leaders. Jane Clayson Johnson does an excellent job sharing her own experience as well as the experiences of others. The book can aid us all in being more compassionate and empathetic to those living with mental/mood disorders. I especially appreciated the chapter on missions that encourages us all to be more understanding and loving toward those who return early or may be unable to serve a full time mission.
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  • Paula Wright
    January 1, 1970
    This is a powerful look at depression in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint community. It's a must read (or listen to as I did) for anyone who has someone in their family, friend or ward circle who lives with any depressive disorder even more than for those that suffer with it themselves. Jane Clayson Johnson shares her own experiences and those of many other saints who live with depression. She also discusses how caregivers are impacted and how friends, wards and stakes can make a d This is a powerful look at depression in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint community. It's a must read (or listen to as I did) for anyone who has someone in their family, friend or ward circle who lives with any depressive disorder even more than for those that suffer with it themselves. Jane Clayson Johnson shares her own experiences and those of many other saints who live with depression. She also discusses how caregivers are impacted and how friends, wards and stakes can make a difference to the sufferer and the family. The audio version is available on Deseret Book Shelf.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a beautifully raw and honest exploration of a topic too often set aside, ignored or misunderstood. For those of us who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is especially poignant - our community needs practical, productive ways to talk about depression and mental health. This book will help with that. I believe it should be required reading for anyone working with our youth. There are far too many suffering in silence - reading this book can help all of This book is a beautifully raw and honest exploration of a topic too often set aside, ignored or misunderstood. For those of us who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is especially poignant - our community needs practical, productive ways to talk about depression and mental health. This book will help with that. I believe it should be required reading for anyone working with our youth. There are far too many suffering in silence - reading this book can help all of us to better empathize and understand and hopefully help create more safety in speaking about it more openly with one another.
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  • Judianne Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    This book has pulled me in. I felt like I needed to finish reading to the end before sending this review but actually felt a greater need to give a “shout out” right away! Silent Souls Weeping has encouraged me to delve into topics of mental illness differently than I have in the past. I apprecIate how the author intertwines personal experience, clinical data and a wide range of voices from varied experience. I think everyone should read this book; depression touches all of us in some way.
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  • Gaylamarie
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Clayson Johnson gives an authentic— raw, real, relatable— account of those who suffer with depression and those whose lives are intertwined with those who suffer. Her compelling interviews give readers greater understanding of the power of love and compassion. Recognizing God’s love and sharing His love with each other are demonstrated in heart-rending stories. Her stories, insights, and testimony are powerful in spreading hope and healing. Comforting! Informative. Helpful for leaders, pare Jane Clayson Johnson gives an authentic— raw, real, relatable— account of those who suffer with depression and those whose lives are intertwined with those who suffer. Her compelling interviews give readers greater understanding of the power of love and compassion. Recognizing God’s love and sharing His love with each other are demonstrated in heart-rending stories. Her stories, insights, and testimony are powerful in spreading hope and healing. Comforting! Informative. Helpful for leaders, parents, friends...everyone! I highly recommend this book.
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    This book is amazing!!! It is the best book for somebody with depression, or for those who are trying learn about it, or have loved ones struggling. I have been having a hard time with my own depression, and this book has given me hope, and helped me understand why I am feeling the way I am. Jane Johnson is is such an amazing author, and has such a good writing style! She addresses a heavy topic, but does so in a way that offers hope. I admire Jane for her courage in writing this book. I highly This book is amazing!!! It is the best book for somebody with depression, or for those who are trying learn about it, or have loved ones struggling. I have been having a hard time with my own depression, and this book has given me hope, and helped me understand why I am feeling the way I am. Jane Johnson is is such an amazing author, and has such a good writing style! She addresses a heavy topic, but does so in a way that offers hope. I admire Jane for her courage in writing this book. I highly recommend it.
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  • Shanda
    January 1, 1970
    I read this on a whim because I have been feeling really melancholy lately and I was so impressed. It is raw and real and so well written. Dealing with the subject of depression of all kinds and other mental health issues. It is particularly discussing depression among the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The author had wonderful insights into understanding mental illnesses, how we can better help those suffering, and those who have a loved one who is suffering. This i I read this on a whim because I have been feeling really melancholy lately and I was so impressed. It is raw and real and so well written. Dealing with the subject of depression of all kinds and other mental health issues. It is particularly discussing depression among the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The author had wonderful insights into understanding mental illnesses, how we can better help those suffering, and those who have a loved one who is suffering. This is a book that is worth going back over and keeping as a reference.
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  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    Every person should read this book. We all need to understand depression and what it looks and feels like. We all need to know that it is a disease and we need to treat it like that! The author’s previous book about Motherhood was also terrific. I like her easy writing style. She has interviewed so many people about depression, and shares great examples, and the personal stories. This book is a “MUST READ.” Do it!! Do it NOW!!
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