Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Do You Have a “Black Dog” in Your Life? (Book review)

The Black Dog by Reverend John Dolan is a very compelling, yet easy to read book. I loved the blunt honesty of the author. So many people struggle with depression and it is true, I believe, that the more it is acknowledged the less power it holds on people.
The illustrations were poignant. They added a lot to the story. The vision John had of the angel in chapter 10, "Hitting Rock bottom" comparing the immersion of his depressive thoughts to being immersed in water with someone holding him up and saving him was very moving.

The words, "John, if this is the worst that depression can do to us, then we will both be fine," were a turning point for him. And although he felt the black dog was saying, "I am not finished with you yet," the picture he carried in his mind of the ferocious dog lessened after this. That he was restored by using coping skills that he learned as well as leaning on God was a theme woven throughout the book.

The Black Dog will remind you of many people that we all come in contact with daily. I know several people that I would recommend a book such as this to help them overcome "The Black Dog" in their lives. Thank you John Dolan for sharing your personal story of a subject that many feel is too taboo to mention.

Donna Collins Tinsley

I received this book free from BOOKCRASH, courtesy of the Author as part of their blogger review program.

I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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