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David Anderson is a multi-passionate writer of fiction and nonfiction. In 2020, he won first place in the Nonfiction category of the Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-book Awards.

He has a Masters of Theological Studies and a Masters of Theology degree from Duke University’s Divinity School but did not get ordained. Therefore, his blog is called Almost Ordained, where he writes about religion, culture, and mental health. His biblical commentary is rooted in tradition but can get very untraditional.

A member of the Foothills Writers Guild, Anderson is a recipient of the Juanita Garrison Prize for Unpublished Fiction.

Some of his favorite authors include Flannery O’Connor, Edgar Allan Poe, Bernard Cornwell and Frederick Buechner. He lives in upstate South Carolina with his wife, Fran.

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Genres: Christian, Non-fiction, Self-help, Spirituality

United States



Dark Nights of the Soul: Reflections on Faith and the Depressed Brain

In 2000, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. That’s when I found out I had been living with a depressed brain my whole life and didn’t know it.

How many more people, I wondered, are walking around sad, irritable, and cynical, even when they can’t think of any reason for it? Or maybe they have a reason but it hits them harder than most people?

How many more feel this underlying hopelessness and think it’s normal?

How many more think they can’t be (or shouldn’t be) depressed, because a personal relationship with Jesus is supposed to make you immune to it?

I started a blog in 2015. In this book, I’ve collected the posts that speak to recovery from depression. The book includes:

• A look inside the mind of someone with clinical depression

• Four Principles for Recovery (that came from hard experience)

• Understanding the voice of the depressed brain (and how to fight back)

• How faith and religion can either help or hurt your recovery

• Resources for finding professional help.

Recovery is one day at a time. After nineteen years of one day at a time, I can say a happy and fulfilling life is possible, even if your depressed brain colors everything in gray.

Author: David Anderson
First Release: 2019
Publisher: David Anderson