Sunday, October 29, 2017

Still Life by Gillian Marchenko


Still Life is a memoir of a woman living with depression. It resonates with me because I have also been through the debilitating effects of the same condition.

This is the life story of a mother and wife to a pastor and it is honest and unflinching. She spends days lying in bed, unable to parent her children, leaving everything to the care of her husband. Once, her daughter even had to ask her to come downstairs for dinner, only to be rejected by the author.

Fortunately, she eventually sees a therapist and a psychiatrist and begins the arduous climb back to a more normal life. Her therapist challenges her and talks her through her depressive episodes.

I think this book also teaches one how to be a friend to one who is chronically depressed. The author had a friend who accepted her just as she was, never passing any judgement, just letting the author know she had someone she could talk to whenever she needed to unload. That is precious.

It is a sobering read and I would encourage those suffering from depression, their friends, and their family to get a copy of this book to better understand the illness and how it might be managed.

Grab your copy here today!

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