From Sorrow to Strength also includes my own journal entries, advice and commentary from other people with depression, and my daughter’s firsthand experience witnessing my struggle to provide the reader with a complete and sympathetic portrait of this illness. By sharing my reflections on my personal experience with clinical depression, I hope to help end the stigma of mental illness. I am an ordained rabbi and board-certified chaplain. My earlier publications include a chapter on illness in Walking with Life, an adult curriculum series published by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. I did a chaplaincy residency at UCLA and worked in the Neuropsychiatric Institute as one of my assignments; years later From Sorrow to Strength connects themes of Judaism with the experience of depression by using the Jewish calendar and Torah passages as a guide. This unique yet utterly raw take on a common experience for many Americans could earn it a spot in the self-help, memoir, and religion sections of any bookstore.
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