You've done what you can: you've seen your doctor, made an appointment with a therapist, picked up the prescription for the antidepressant and swallowed that first strange pill. But it can take four to eight weeks for the meds to start to work, and it might take two or more tries before you and your doctor find the ones that work best for you. When you're in the midst of terrible depression, those weeks can feel like an eternity. You just want to feel better now. This book is for those who are in the long night of waiting. It does not promise healing or deliverance; it is not a guide to praying away the depression. It is simply an attempt to sit next to you in the dark while you wait for the light to emerge.
Drawing on the wisdom of spiritual figures from the past and present--including Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Maya Angelou, Barbara Brown Taylor, and many others--The Long Night is a comforting and inspirational companion for anyone in the midst of depression. Ordained minister, writer, and artist Jessica Kantrowitz has been where you are. As a mentor and friend, she will walk with you on this journey toward life and light.
Jessica Kantrowitz is a writer and theologian living in Boston, Massachusetts. She writes about theology, culture, social justice, and chronic illness, including her own struggles with depression and migraines. Her writing has been featured in places like Sojourners, Think Christian, The Good Men Project, and Our Bible App. She earned her MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.