Beyond the Edge

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.

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  1. Wow, thanks for the book review. I’ve suffered with depression on and off in the past, and it has been significantly worse after my last pregnancy (a year ago). I’ll have to check out this book!

    And your cards are lovely!!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful book. I had some really difficult post-natal anxiety and didn’t realize how “crazy” I had been until months later when it finally lifted. MUCH more education should be given to women about this subject as part of the prenatal care!

  3. That sounds like a great book. I hope it will be helpful to lots of women who go through such difficult times.

    Lovely cards! Adding you to my blog reader!

  4. Love that photo – so peaceful looking at it :o)

    Your cards are super, really different and bright :o)

  5. I”m a former sufferer as well. Those were tough days for sure. Glad that’s in the past!

    Lovely photo, JanMary and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. Sounds like a really profound book. I’ll see what I can do to get ahold of a copy. Promise!

  7. Wow I used to read alot and somehow lost touch. Great review..makes me wanna go out and get it! I love your cards you create…nifty idea…gonna keep you in m blog feeds for sure!

  8. I’m so glad to see another post-natal depression book on the market. There just isn’t enough information out there yet. All I was ever told is if I felt depressed to call my doctor. Anyone who’s ever been depressed knows that’s abottu the last thing you do. Hopefully your friend’s book will make people talk about this topic more.

  9. I can’t imagine what that must feel like… how good of someone to articulate it for those in need. I’m sure this book will touch someone in need, and thanks for you having a heart to bring exposure to it.

    Love your cards, giggle, believe it or not… as we seem to be doing this all the time, I am posting a card up too on my blog, tho its for my brother.

    Have a great day and I look forward to hooking up with you when I dare go on Hello and risk not getting caught up at home LOL!

  10. Hi Janine

    I am passing a “You Make My Day” award to you! Please see my blog to pick it up.

    I always love reading your blog.

    I’m glad your friend wrote this book — I hope it helps many new moms who are going through post partum depression and don’t know what to do. Too many suffer alone.
    Hugs, Pat

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