The title of tonight’s post is also the title of the book which was launched on Friday evening. Beyond the Edge is written by a lovely friend called Hazel Rolston, and the book is wonderful. I promise I am not just saying this because Hazel is my friend…..honest!
The book takes us through Hazel’s journey of post-natal depression and anxiety, and how her Christian faith was both challenged and ultimately grew through her experiences.
Here are a few quotes from the back cover of the book and the publicity flier for the book launch
‘Broken, desperate and humiliated, I entered the house. When I saw Steve and
Katherine, my heart felt like it was going to explode in agony. They did not
deserve this madness in their lives …’
Cut off by a dense fog of post-natal depression and anxiety, Hazel Rolston felt pushed beyond the edge. In her gripping autobiography she doesn’t offer us a formula for instant escape. But she does remind us that God is there, even if our feelings say the opposite. No matter how bad things feel, God is faithful to his wounded, broken people…
I too have had experience of post-natal depression, and she articulates so well experiences that I would struggle to express but was able to personally identify with. She is honest, open and challenging, particularily concerning the role of other Christians and the church itself in dealing/supporting sufferers of depression.
It has been fascinating to follow her journey towards publication, and wonderful to attend the book launch and see her books piled high for sale. Of course I got her to sign my copy.
If you, or someone you know, has/or is experiencing postnatal despression or any other despression, I strongly urge you to get this book. It will be valuable both to a sufferer themselves, and also to friends and family. If you have any trouble obtaining the book, please contact me, and I will endeavour to get you a copy.
This is Portrush Harbour last night – a beautiful if chilly evening!
We are now home from the cottage, and the kids return to school later this week. The clocks changed forward an hour here this weekend, so we are adjusting to the new time – and the lighter evening was lovely to see tonight.
Here are a couple of digitally scrapped cards I made for some family members birthdays this week, and remember….I do take orders for cards and layouts!
So that is me up to date, please take care, and come back soon.