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By Robert W. Griggs

After serving for greater than thirty years as a parish minister, the writer used to be hospitalized with significant melancholy. this can be the tale of his melancholy and recovery--a restoration of well-being, vocation, and religion. First, Griggs regained the event of small pleasures. ultimately, he recovered the facility to settle on, to set limits, and to just accept fact. He then became to the biblical Psalms--indeed his personal writing echoes their candor. yet he additionally chanced on desire in movies, together with Breakfast at Tiffany's and Blazing Saddles. To the psychological future health matters dealing with clergy and others within the supporting professions Griggs brings to endure insights from learn and from his personal adventure as a pastor and anyone improving from melancholy. He tells his tale with spirit and humor.

"A profound and fascinating account of the author's trip again from a crushing melancholy with the aid of interplay with different sufferers, the honesty of various psalms, the insights of inventive motion pictures, and the inventive rules of innovative theologians."

--Ian G. Barbour, writer of When technology Meets Religion

"It is awesome that the Psalms are portable from old context to modern context. Robert Griggs has deftly transported them into his personal tale of melancholy, soreness, and restoration of future health, existence, and religion. This booklet bargains sincere, brave testimony, the telling of a lifestyles that would inspire others to inform their lives with fact and reside in hope."

--Walter Brueggemann, writer of Praying the Psalms

"The name of this gracefully written and infrequently humorous memoir via a Minnesota pastor is a word from Psalm 102:6 the writer makes use of in an effort to describe his descent into depression...For parents suffering from melancholy, even people who are non-believers, Griggs convey wish. The Psalms that helped him in his restoration remind us that human feelings are not any assorted now from what they have been a few thousand years ago."
--Mary Ann Grossmann, e-book assessment within the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Robert Griggs is an ordained minister within the United Church of Christ and has served church buildings in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Minnesota. He holds graduate levels from Harvard Divinity tuition, the collage of Minnesota, and Andover Newton Theological School.

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