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Up The "Down" Ladder: Simple Ideas to Overcome Depression by [Ayotte, Dolores]
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"It's great that there are people out there, like you, who tackle these type oftough issues.  It's rare that someone can articulate them as well as you have. Keep it up. You're a great writer!!!" ~ C.P.

"AMAZING...Wanted to purchase it for my daughter however it only seems to be inKindle Edition.......Please Advise .. Also please advise which of your books aresimilar.....You cannot even begin to imagine how this book has helped. Thank youfor writing !" ~ F.K.

"I've just left a review for your wonderful book on depression. I found it veryhelpful and enlightening - and I can certainly relate to similar experiences inmy own life. It has a wealth of insights to boot! " ~ K.S.

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I learned that without my faith and my relationship with God, I don't know that I could have ever survived and made my way in life to this extent. It was in the depth of my depression and despair, at my weakest moment when I felt like the biggest failure, that I found the unconditional and merciful love of the God I always knew existed. By embracing my weakness, I actually found God's strength and worked my way out of the pit I found myself to be in.

My faith has not only grown in my relationship with God, but in myself as well. God lives in each and every one of us. I knew I had to look within in order to accomplish the feat of fulfilling my desire to have a closer and more personal relationship with God. 
 
I was in my late fifties when I wrote my first book. Over twenty-five years ago I attempted to write I'm Not Perfect And It's Okay ~ Steps to a Happier Self. At that time, I had neither the experience nor the expertise to realistically offer any steps to a happier self. My book is written in retrospect based on a proven recipe. I have incorporated each and every step into my life on a daily basis over the last several years. Over time, I eventually figured out the steps I suggest for better life coping skills and then decided to put pen to paper and write my book.

In the book itself, I actually explain and go into more depth as to why it took so long for me to complete. I also discuss how I came about revisiting this life long dream of mine.  

I have found that one of the most difficult things in life...for me and probably for many other people too...is to embrace our own weaknesses and shortcomings. Our basic human nature is created with faults, foibles, and frailties. It is not to say that we don't have many wonderful and desirable traits, but we seldom want to admit to some of the less complimentary ones, not even to ourselves.

I discovered that when I honestly acknowledge and embrace my own weaknesses, they actually have less power over me and my actions. It's when I refuse to admit my personal weaknesses that I actually fail at being the true Christian I desire to be. In essence, the more aware I am of my flaws, the more able I am to control what I say and do. In doing so, it also helps me experience the essence of unconditional love, not only with others but with myself as well .

It took me years to be honest and open about suffering from depression. Depression doesn't always fall into the same category or receive the same compassion that physical illnesses do. Based on my experience, it is quite apparent to me that many people are still very reluctant to openly discuss that they suffer from depression because it is considered to be a form of mental illness. I decided that it was time to "come clean" in order to help educate others in an effort to, not only help those who suffer from depression, but to better educate and inform people that are exposed to those who do.

It has been this realization that sparked my decision to journey down the path of writing and I haven't looked back. I know in my heart it was the right way to go. 

What is your favorite Bibleverse?

Matthew22:36-4036 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment inthe Law?" 37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart andwith all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatestcommandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these twocommandments." 

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  • File Size: 852 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Dolores Ayotte (March 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007K8QO28
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