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Groove: Stories to Refresh the Way We Think and Feel about Our Mental Illnesses Paperback – December 1, 2014
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About the Author
Daphne Tarango is Author. Speaker. Encourager. Freelancer. Recovery leader. Marketing researcher. Writers group President. Adoption advocate. Stay-at-home mom. Bipolar. And more importantly, follower of Jesus. Daphne inspires people to take biblical steps to personal growth and freedom. Visit Daphne at daphnewrites.com.
Grace Ciszkowski is an artist, educator and survivor of kidnapping. Currently, she is writing a book about her kidnapping, child abuse, and her healing journey from severe Depression, Anxiety and Dissociative Disorders. Visit Grace at healingheart18.wix.com/graceciszkowski.
Carley Cooper is a single, Christian woman living with Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, and Social Anxiety Disorder. Visit Carley at CarleyCooper.com.
Chelsea Dearie is a pastor's wife and a stay-at-home mom. She writes about trials of her faith and depression in Faith Through Fears and Failures (faithfearsfailures.blogspot.com).
Over fifteen years of marketing, sales, and public relations in the corporate world gave Jana Letterman needed training and experience. It also left her with a longing for something more. This journey led to the writing of The D Diary available now on Amazon.com and Jana’s website and blog at www.alightfilledlife.com.
Bryan Lowe is a pastor who lives in Homer, Alaska, with his family. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2002, he also is a brain tumor survivor. His ministry is “For the Struggler, the Rascal, the Mentally Ill, and All Who Follow Jesus With a Limp.” Visit Bryan at brokenbelievers.com.
Elena Rosario is wife to Reverend Julio Rosario Jr. and proud mother to Daphne and Julio III. She is excited to be a grandmother to four beautiful children.
Marsha Stephenson is an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer. She is currently writing a book on living with bipolar. Visit Marsha on her blog at marshastephenson.wordpress.com.
Luis Tarango is father of three and husband to his talented and beautiful wife Daphne. Although diagnosed with chronic depression just over three years ago, Luis has dealt with mental illness most of his life.
Deanna Wiseburn is a follower of Jesus, who longs to share with others the life-changing benefits of being a believer. She shares her growth experiences and life lessons on her blog “The Pure Sacrifice.” Visit Deanna at thepuresacrifice.wordpress.com.
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Daphne Tarango's "Groove" is a refreshing change. The essays from the ten writers are real and, because of this, very encouraging. The writers don't gloss over their illnesses or try to use spiritual words to gloss over the seriousness of mental illness.
The fifty-two essays, designed for one per week during the year, are followed by "Dig Deeper" with questions to ponder each day of the week. These questions make the book a good resource for support groups. These are not Bible studies, but can be a springboard for discussion.
I highly recommend this book for those living with mental illness and loved ones who are helping.
I suffer with depression as stated in my own journey in my book and its been a hard part of my journey not just with God but with those around me and how to deal with it myself. Everything, praise God, is under control [but we know what this beast can be like!].
This book was like sitting down with a good friend and them gently but powerfully reaching out and comforting you, yet inspiring you that you can move forward not letting you remain where you are.
For me it was the breakdown and small questions that were great.
Some of the writers have bipolar disorder (bursts of energy alternating with depression) and some are suffering from depression disorders. The authors are all true teachers who have the spiritual maturity to guide you to a place of peace. Reading this book will make you feel nurtured and comforted. I read it in a few sittings it was so good. Once you start reading you won't want to put this book down. I also loved all the questions at the end of each chapter. There is space to write your answers.
I am looking forward to reading another book by this author. She has good insights into spiritual matters.
~The Rebecca Review
I received one free book for review purposes. This review is my honest opinion. It is rare to find a book this comforting.
Ten different authors have contributed to this book telling about their mental illness and how they deal with it and how their faith changes their view of life and their illness. Thus it is a very personal book, very authetic, there's no preaching from somebody who has no idea what he's talking about or who knows depression only in theory. All of them struggle with illness, all of them know the valleys of depression but all of them stick to the hope they found in Jesus. Some texts touched me deeply, filling my eyes with tears, others didn't. But that is not the fault of the texts - it's due to who I am, to my experiences, to my personal struggles.
Again I was reminded of the truth: Important is not what I feel, important is what I know: Even if I don't feel it, I know God loves me. Even if I don't feel it, I know I am His child, He hears me, He is near and won't let me down. This book may help this truth seep deep in the hearts of the readers.
As a mental health counselor, I would recommend this to my Christian clients.
Rev. Robert J. Moore, M. Div., Psy. D.