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A 30 Day Plan for Conquering Depression.

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My wife, at diverse times, is convinced I am crazy.   Okay, so maybe my behavior, at diverse times, is consistent with her conclusion. For instance, it was mid February. Sherry and I had just returned from a much needed break, a trip to Orlando to relax and have fun and visit our dear friends Mark and Donna Sutton. On a Wednesday afternoon, Mark and I spent several hours brainstorming a dev...

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Mark Sutton just contacted me. Many of you may not know that Mark is battling pulmonary fibrosis and will one day have to undergo a lung transplant. Today, Tuesday Feb. 24th, Mark underwent a cardiac catheterization and will have to undergo a quintuple bypass heart surgery tomorrow! He is at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and Mark and Donna both need your earnest prayers.   Please Pray and I w...

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In the past we have talked about the need for human touch. In our society, we tend to get isolated from others thanks to our technology. But, this weekend, I take it all back! I want to be alone!!!!   Sherry, Casey, and I journeyed from Shreveport, Louisiana to Orlando. Sherry’s birthday is Valentine’s Day and we decided to go to Walt Disney World for the weekend of her birthday and the wee...

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I’ve listened to singer/songwriter Eric Peters for years. My devotion to the Rabbit Room and the Square Peg Alliance came from my son. We started listening to the artists of the Square Peg Alliance years ago. And, when I discovered the Rabbit Room website and their devotion to not only music, but to classical Christian writers I was sold. In 2010, Sean and I attended the first Hutchmoot gathering...

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I would like to share a testimony from Jim Cox, a member of Oak Hills Baptist Church in Crossville, Tennessee. You can find their website and a link to the sermon here. We want to thank pastor, Dr. Jim Mersereau and his church family.  ...

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“The only thing worse than nostalgia is amnesia.” Ravi Zacharias, famed speaker and author once said this. For months, I felt like one of the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness. In an unprecedented turn of events, I had not been involved in any of my church’s activities for over a year. When my co-author, Mark Sutton was our pastor, my second “job” kept me occupied at our church. When ...

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I was alone in the dark bedroom. I had pulled the sheet and blanket up over my head to shut out the world. I wanted no light; no sound; not even a speck of floating dust to touch me. I wanted to not BE.   Pain so bad it took my breath away filled every fiber of my being. Not physical pain. Emotional pain. And fear, yes there was fear. If I could just shut the world out for a few moments I m...

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If you live anywhere in the United States, this past week, the beginning of 2015 was probably snowed in or soaked by torrential rains! I am sitting at my desk at home and outside it is as dark as midnight even though it is 10 A.M. in the morning. Dark, viscous storm clouds punctuated by lightning have clotted the sky! The cold rain is falling through these clouds of depression and I am fighting ag...

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I haven’t written very many blogs during this Christmas season. It wasn’t because I was too busy shopping or celebrating or wrapping gifts. No, it was because I was struggling with terrible depression.   Does that surprise you? Why would a co-author of two depression books ever suffer from depression? I thought you had it all together, Bruce! I thought you had tools and a plan. I did and I ...

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At this very special time of the year, I want to share with you a story. It is a story of anger and depression but also of joy. Mark and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope that you will find true peace and true joy in the midst of your depression. Just remember that God can take you depression and make something good, something positive of it. And, that will be YOUR victory!   Th...

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I have a confession.   I suffer from depression.   It has been a constant companion my entire adult life. Sometimes, it is quiescent, hiding away in some dark corner of my mind. It seems at times that it is patiently waiting for me to be at my happiest, most joyful, most peaceful frame of mind before it pounces from its den. When it comes, it doesn’t always sneak up on me. Most of th...

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It is the week of Thanksgiving and Mark and I want to share a transformational thought with you about your depression. Let me start by saying I never planned to write a book about depression. Since I was a teenager, I’ve wanted to be a published author. But, MY plans were to write science fiction stories and maybe one day turn them into blockbuster movies. Hasn’t happened! I pursued that dream ...

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Okay, you don’t want to hear what I’m about to tell you. I know this for a fact. Why? Because I don’t want to hear what I’m about to tell you. It’s the dreaded E word.    We’ve talked about two strategies to help with the holiday blues. The first was reconciliation and forgiveness to make those family and friend gatherings less stressful. Last week, we talked about SAD or seasonal affe...

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I love cold weather. Living in the hot, humid South I can’t wait for that first brisk, fall day to arrive. But, when Daylight Savings Time ends, I know that my depression will kick in. Why? Somedays I have to be at work by 6:30 in the morning and I may not leave until after 6 PM. I leave the house in total darkness. I arrive at the hospital and, for some reason only the wicked demon possessed hosp...

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  Did you know that repressed anger can be one of the causes of depression?  I’m not sure how many depressed men and women have sat across the desk from me and poured out their life’s story.  I do know, however, that often that story included hurt, bitterness and anger.  “And have you forgiven the person(s) who hurt you?” I would ask.  Almost always, the answer was “no.” ...

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  My father worked for the post office and Christmas was the worst time for him back in the days before UPS and FEDEX. Every year, he would have to work long, hard hours during the holiday season to make sure all of those packages got delivered by Christmas Day.   Our family was strong and close. For us, Christmas Eve became the gathering point each year. My mother and father would we...

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  It’s that time of year! People who know me call me Mr. Christmas. I have my iTunes’ latest Christmas music entries in a 2014 Christmas play list and I start listening on November 1. As I write these words, I am listening to Jim Brickman’s beautiful piano renditions of Christmas carols. BUT . . . For most of us suffering from depression, the months of November and December can be the wors...

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I was stunned and outraged. But, not angry enough to pull a gun. The live radio show promised to allow me the opportunity to talk about the link between violent video games and violent media with teenagers expressing their depression through acts of violence such as school shootings. I had no idea the hosts of this radio program had set me up. When I was introduced, live mind you, to the listenin...

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No one knew what to expect. And, that included me and my co-author, Mark Sutton. When we published our first book, Conquering Depression, we designed a three hour seminar to introduce people to the book. Now that “Hope Again: A 30 Day Plan for Conquering Depression” was coming out, we wanted to repeat our performance, so to speak. However, the newer book contained almost 65% new material. That mea...

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  Splashed across the front page of the October 10, 2014 issue of USA Today, the statistics stood out for all to see.  Concerning causes of death from 2000-2011:  Heart disease – down 16%; Prostate cancer – down 8%; Breast Cancer – down 2%; Colorectal cancer – down 8%; HIV/AIDS – down 42%.  Sounds good, doesn’t it!  But the cover story didn’t deal with any of these diseas...

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