The Long Night: Readings and Stories To Help You through Depression

Fortress. May 2020. 200p. ISBN 9781506456645. $21.99. REL
As somebody who knows firsthand the pain of depression, metaphorically a long night, writer and theologian Kantrowitz has written her book as a way of spiritually reaching out to others. Consisting of several short chapters, each written with the tone of a concerned friend, the book shares a wealth of knowledge that the author has gained through experience—and from religious insight she has learned from figures such as Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, and Barbara Brown Taylor. Personal anecdotes reveal how Kantrowitz has put coping strategies into practice, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and centering prayer. Biblical scripture, as well as passages by many accomplished writers, provide wisdom that has helped Kantrowitz over the years. A spiritual person for most of her life, and therefore deeply conscious of God’s direction, Kantrowitz reveals a genuine concern for others. She not only sees a higher purpose for her own pain, but also gives verbal reassurance to her audience. Moreover, Kantrowitz provides practical information, such as where to look for social media communities and resources for further reading.
VERDICT Highly recommended for readers seeking spiritual, mindful approaches to depression, with clear, simple coping strategies.

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