On the one hand, a book dealing with this topic from an orthodox Jewish perspective sounded right up my street – but only if it was really going to be a spiritual treatment of the subject, and not just a ‘take these pills, the Rabbi says its OK’ pseudo-frum cop-out. (You see, I told you I have strong views on the subject…)
The long and short of it is that I bought the book, and the first story seemed to underline that I’d made a mistake: the book seemed to be pushing drugs as the way to go. My heart sank. But I kept reading and boy, am I glad I did.
What I hadn’t realized is that the book is actually an anthology of different people’s experiences of and beliefs about, anxiety and depression.
The book’s editor, Tehilla Edelman, has skillfully woven together a tapestry of different voices, stories and outlooks to create a thought-provoking, inspiring and broad-based spiritual reflection of an authentic Jewish response to anxiety and depression.
Continue reading the review of Calling out to you over the Jewish Book Review page, HERE.
On a different but related note....
Over on the _onlinebookclub forum I've been having a discussion with someone who didn't like the fact that I called 'Causes and Cures of Depression' the ultimate pocket guide. You can see the whole discussion for yourself (if you can be bothered) by clicking on the link, but I was giving the whole question some thought, and want to ask for your feedback on it.
On the one hand, 'puff' comes with the territory of trying to market a book. If I called it the 'mediocre' pocket guide to depression, I doubt most people would even finish reading the sentence. On the other hand, it may very well not be the 'ultimate' pocket guide to depression (although I tried to shove in a lot of valuable stuff in as few pages as possible).
So now, dear reader, please give me your feedback: should I change the word 'ultimate'? And if yes, what would be a better description? Either email me (click the pink) or leave a comment below. Ta.