Tears to Triumph
Spiritual Healing for the Modern Plagues of Anxiety and Depression
HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
Marianne Williamson is a favorite author in the Library. For inspirational reading, she’s my go-to author, even if I don’t always comprehend what she is writing. Much of what she writes is leagues ahead of me, spiritually speaking and I don’t mind. When I chose an inspirational book to read, I want one that not only meets me where I am currently, but more importantly, inspires me to move forward.
Ms Williamson begins the book by discussing the proliferation of depression in the world today and the medicinal efforts to, if not cure it, then maintain it to an ability-to-live-a-‘normal’-life level. Moving forward she then offers spiritual reasons behind depression and solutions for healing, not just ‘maintaining’ a semblance of normality.
Although this book is placed on my “read once a year for spiritual nourishment” list, there are two things that bugged me. First, the author continually refers back to A Course in Miracles, multiple times each chapter. I don’t mind her quoting the book, but for the sake of continuity in the writing I think footnotes would have been less intrusive. Second, while she discusses the heavy antidepressant use in the general population, and a spiritual alternative to drugs, she doesn’t bring it up again after Chapter Five. By the time I got to the end of the book and read the final, conclusive chapter, she didn’t even mention depression and antidepressants. If seemed like once she offered a spiritual solution, she dropped the subject. A concluding chapter in any book should, in my non-writing humble opinion, should wrap up all the subjects touched on in the previous words (blame it on hard-nosed English professors). It felt like the subject was just left on the table, or, was unimportant.
Rating 5 out of 5 paws – despite the two things that bugged me, this book will become a permanent part of the Library stacks and it will be read at least once a year.