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Laughing in the Dark

A Comedian's Journey through Depression

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


For many, depression is associated with shame and humiliation—even a lack of faith. But in this refreshingly honest and oh-so-very-real revelation of one woman's journey through depression, you'll hear the voice of a kind friend. And in her words you'll find hope and renewed confidence that will guide you through your own darkness and into the light.

-If you are currently suffering from depression—this book will help you realize you're not alone.

-If you have a loved one dealing with depression—this book will help you understand.

-If you are a mental-health professional—you now have a new tool to encourage your clients.

Along with the humor, Chonda shares practical insight, biblical teaching, emotional support, and sympathetic concern. Whether you've experienced depression in your own life or in the life of someone you love, this friend has something to offer you: help, hope and, believe it or not, plenty of laughter.

From Publishers Weekly

13 November 2006 – Christian comedienne Pierce reminisces about a recent 18-month period that should have been a time to recharge from a rigorous speaking and traveling schedule. Instead of relishing this particular winter break, Pierce had a "winter breakdown." She discusses this bout with depression breezily, yet punctuated within the confines of every jest is the reality of deep despair and helplessness. Pierce's message is both poignant and telling, markedly so for a Christian who makes her living making others laugh. Pierce discusses her troubled childhood, explosive inner fears and the self-questioning that left her emotionally bereft and spiritually unfettered. She attributes her eventual slow recovery to the combined efforts of faithful friends and family, the prescription drug Zoloft, deliberate and extended bodily rest and weekly counseling. Pierce sprinkles humorous asides to leaven her tale's tragedies (struggling with emotional darkness, losing two sisters and enduring an abusive father) and quotidian misery (a recriminating self-image, overbusyness and the onset of peri-menopause). Citing "deliverance" as an offense tactic akin to donning the spiritual armor of God found in Ephesians, Pierce encourages those who struggle to "maintain, maintain, maintain," and proactively stay on the road to recovery. Pierce's loyal fan base will be all the more supportive after reading of the popular comedienne's dark night of the soul.
Laughing in the Dark
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  • 12,99 €
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Self Help
  • Published: 11 May 2010
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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