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Shades of Light: A Novel

Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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"I was desperate.... I couldn't turn off the dark thoughts, no matter how hard I tried or how much I prayed.
And then I spent a whole weekend in bed, and the crying wouldn't stop, and I got really scared. I've had bouts with depression before - it's kind of a cloud I've learned to live with - but this time was different. I felt like I was going under, like I'd never feel hopeful again, and then that just made my anxiety worse, and it all spiraled from there."

Wren Crawford is a social worker who finds herself overwhelmed with the troubles of the world. Her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression are starting to overcome her. She finds solace in art, spiritual formation, and pastoral care along with traditional therapeutic interventions. But a complicated relationship from her past also threatens to undo her progress. 

Fans of Sharon Brown's best-selling Sensible Shoes Series will be delighted to discover some old friends along the way. As Wren seeks healing in this beautifully written novel, listeners are invited to move beyond pat answers and shallow theology into an experience of hope and presence that illuminates even the darkness.

©2019 Sharon Garlough Brown (P)2019 Sharon Garlough Brown

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This book is beautiful

Loved it!! The story was tragic and thoughtful. The author draws you in with the characters. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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Great Book

As one who suffers from this condition I can only reaffirm that Christ has been an Important part of living with hope.

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Beautiful story

Only complaint is about the "Australian" accent which is excruciating to listen to. Next time don't.

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  • DeRoseBreathe
  • 15-02-2020

I’m still reading but had to say this is good!

I’m only in the first 7 chapters and Wow! Really good. Anyone who knows someone dealing with anxiety or depression and a christian, or for yourself, this is great. Lots of insight. Even pastors should read this and especially parents or grandparents of no matter what age the loved one is should read.

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  • Paula J. Thompson
  • 11-03-2020

Lovely story and insight

It was a hard read into the life to mental illness, but I feel like I have more empathy through this beautiful story!

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  • Brittnee Love
  • 24-01-2020

Somewhat Weak

I am a huge Sharon Garlough Brown fan and I loved the Sensible Shoes series. Thus book struck me as a bit sloppy. Some of the character development was a bit weak also. I know Brown is an excellent writer but this book was a stretch for me.