I love reading Karen Kingbury books. When I do get into them sometimes I can't stop until the book is finished. I have given up sleep to read a compelling book. Last night was one of those nights and so today, at work, I am feeling drained and exhausted. The book had such a hold on my that while bowling last night.....when I wasn't bowling....I was stuck in the book. I did not hear the noise...because I was hearing the cry of Maggie Stovall. In this book the main character Maggie Stovall is trapped inside a person she's spent years carefully crafting. Now the truth about who she is-and what she's done-is bursting to the surface and sending Maggie into a spiral of despair. I could not put this book down and kept wondering if Maggie would walk away from her ten-year marriage and her responsibility as a foster mother in her desperate desire to escape the mantle of depression that is cloaking her? Then I wondered if she would allow God to take her to a place of ultimate honesty-before it's too late? When Joy Came to Stay is the heart-wrenching story of one woman's escape from the shadows of clinical depression. Bestselling author Karen Kingsbury offers this moving tale of the quest for a simple, transparent life lived in the sunlight of God's favor and forgiveness. I have battled bouts of depression in my past as a child. When I was 13 I was diagnosed with PTSD. It is amazing what kind of tricks your mind will play on you. I am one of the fortunate ones and learned that forgiveness for my shortcomings can wipe out depression....or it did mine. I want to leave you with this....if you do have depression....get help. There is nothing wrong with letting someone else hear what is bothering you....it really is true..."two heads are better than one!" I hope you will read this book. It was truly a good read....but then most of her stuff is. TGIF
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.