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The Shame of Me, One Man's Journey to Depression and Back Hardcover – October 15, 2009

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About the Author

Ryan Lefebvre is the celebrated broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals. A three-time all-Big Ten outfielder from the University of Minnesota, Ryan was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1993 in the 27th round. An active member in the Kansas City community, Ryan is the founder of Gloves for Kids, which raises money for youth programs in Kansas and Missouri.

Jeffrey Flanagan, also a graduate of the University of Minnesota, was an award-winning reporter and sports columnist at The Kansas City Star for 19 years, covering the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs. He also was a reporter with the Arizona Republic and the Decatur (Illinois) Herald and Review. Jeffrey also authored a baseball instructional book Lau's Laws on Hitting.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ascend Books LLC; 1st edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984113029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984113026
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Harrell on November 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Shame is an outstanding book that chronicles baseball announcer Ryan Lefebvre's struggle with depression. For anyone who has experienced one bad day or more, this book is important.
The first part of the book lets Ryan tell the events that led up to the day he lost it, and the last few pages provide wonderful insight about how a person can help himself when he's depressed.
Ryan touches on the four essential forms of intimacy and compares them to an Italian chef balancing four pizzas at once. This analogy, and others, help clarify the balance needed in life.
One of the key lines in the book is this one: "I learned in 2005 that I needed to establish several relationships with people with whom I could share my feelings without shame."
And another carries tremendous weight: "Being a good friend by providing a shoulder to cry on is a noble thing. But being the never-ending shoulder to cry on doesn't work in the long run."
For men, in particular, this book is a must read!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jeanette paul on November 29, 2009
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This is one mans journey, but could be anyone's journey, if ever they have been depressed.
As a woman I found it helpful in understanding a friends similar circumstance. It was not only
brave of this man to share his story but so helpful to others. Very well written also.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Theriot on December 16, 2009
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I don't know Ryan - I hope to meet him someday. I read his book in one sitting. He has taken the chance of unselfishly sharing his private, often painful, story so that others might have hope. How he managed to stay publicly productive while dealing with a debilitating condition is a testament to this young man's character. An excellent, insightful book that arms the reader with knowledge about the insidious world of depression. It will make you a more empathetic person. It will give you hope.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2009
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Although I normally consider Kansas City Royals' broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre to be one of the more colorful and humorous members of the broadcast group, I recently read his book, "The Shame of Me" which was anything but colorful and humorous. Lefebvre points out a life full of blessings which he could not appreciate as he battled through clinical depression four years ago. It is hard to imagine this upbeat individual to be battling demons, but battle he did. Among the keys to his survival were friends, family, proper medical attention and a renewed faith in God. It is a book well worth the time of anyone, but especially anyone who battles depression, either on a clinical level or merely in their outlook on life.
One of the things Lefebvre pointed out was that he was so focused on what he didn't have that he couldn't appreciate what he did. He also appeared to look at the happiness of others as a punishment to him. When he first joined the Royals in 1999 I will admit I was among the legion of fans that disliked him. I mean after all, the guy's name is nearly impossible to spell, he came from Minnesota and he took the job which had been held by a longtime broadcaster who was almost like part of the family. But he plugged away and did things his way and I now tune in to hear what he has to say and how he says it, not because I have any delusions about the success of the team, but because he keeps it entertaining.
I appreciate the fact he took the time to write the book. I am sure had he been doing it for the money, a humorous tome of baseball zaniness would have been easier to write and equally as profitable. But what he did was allow us to peak into his mind and I think we can all take strength from it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Edlin on March 3, 2010
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This is a great book for anyone who has felt any level of depression, which takes in about everyone that I have ever met. Ryan allows us to walk with him through his journey, to live it with him. There is no sugar coating. He gives us the real story of pain and process. The book is an easy read filled with lots of insight into the nature of depression and helpful strategies for dealing with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PT on January 2, 2013
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My review will come in a story about my experience about how I discovered this book and how I met Ryan Lefebvre. I hope it will be at least as revealing as a traditional book review would be.....

I live in Minnesota and one workday there was a big snowstorm during morning rush hour. This meant that my commute to work just became AT LEAST 3 1/2 hours long. Just to get to the office. Having experienced this before, I opted to work from home. Since I was working at home I indulged in streaming a little sports talk radio on my computer. On this particular day Ryan Lefebvre happened to be in the Twin Cities and on a local sports talk show with whom he was friends with the host, amongst others at the station. After reminiscing and paying each other respects on air that most male friends wouldn't do in person, Ryan was goaded into talking about this book. And I'm glad he was.

That conversation led me to purchase this book online and to fervently read it once it arrived at my house. I am the same age as Ryan Lefebvre and I too have suffered the depths of depression that he has and in a remarkably similar fashion. But that isn't what this review is about.

I wanted to relay to you, gentle reader, this story:

I bought tickets to a Twins game from a friend for my oldest child and I to attend a Twins game. A couple of weeks after this purchase and a couple weeks before THAT game, I won a radio contest for Twins tickets good for a sectioned of seating area the day before the game I bought those tickets for. Both games were against the Kansas City Royals, the team for whom Ryan Lefebvre is the radio play-by-play announcer.
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