Hope Again

A 30 Day Plan for Conquering Depression.

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The most horrific moment of my day approached. I stood beside my bed and studied the rumpled sheets and the sweat stained pillow, remnants of my daily battleground. Man has always feared the dark. I feared not just the dark of night, but the darkness that enveloped me when I closed my eyes and I was left alone with myself and God. This was the worst moment of my day. As I desperately craved the...

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Blog:  Your Best Friend When You’re Depressed   When I say “best friend,” I’m talking about other than Jesus Christ.  As we’ve already seen numerous times in these blogs and Faith Facts, Jesus loves you at all times and forever . . . even when you’re depressed and can’t “feel” his love.  That’s the time when it’s especially important to not listen to your emotions.  They...
The Powerful Weapon Against Depression Few People Use   I wasn’t very good in school with science classes.  However, I do remember learning about kinetic and potential energy.  Every object – and person – contains both.  Potential energy, of course, refers to the energy that could be generated by the object.  Kinetic energy, on the other hand, is energy that is actuall...

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It doesn’t take much effort to look around us and realize the world is gone whacko! What is wrong with the world? How do you maintain your sanity in the midst of such turmoil, chaos, and strife? First, let me say that to blame all of your woes on your “environment” can be very dangerous. Yes, our environment can effect us negatively. But, ultimately we are the ones making the wrong choices. Our...

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I sat in my car, watching my windows frost over from the cool November air. Across the street, the house sat nestled among trees whose fiery red leaves was giving way to the inevitability of autumn. The house had two stories and a huge front porch built in the days when sitting outside and visiting with neighbors was a vital part of everyday life. I watched a porch swing move gently in the fall br...

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From the title of this blog, you might think I’m talking about schizophrenia, but you’d be wrong.  I’m actually referring to the many voices clamoring for our attention every day.  The internet, television, magazines, books, music – they all want you to listen to them.  If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself, at the best, wasting time listening to a voice that doesn’t really ha...

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  The first question we ask in our new book, "Hope Again" is How Did I Get Here? In order to understand the underlying biological effects of depression, we must understand the Synapse! One of my favorite destinations for relaxation and play is south Florida.  I can tell you exactly how to get there from my front door. In fact, from my hometown in Northern Louisiana, you can drive on an...

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Mark and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who prayed for and participated in our recent book launch and very first book signing. Our book launch took place at Brookwood Baptist Church at the Well on Friday night and we had dozens of visitors. So many of you were so excited to see Mark and Donna Sutton and the fellowship was fantastic. Also, we sold 40 books and almost 15 sets of Deluxe ...

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Years ago I heard a business leader say that the difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is this:  successful men and women do whatever necessary tasks are put before them, even if they don’t feel like doing them.   Don’t get me wrong, I have put off my share of getting unpleasant things done!  In truth, we all are guilty of this at one time or another. &nb...

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There are TWO upcoming events at the end of this week. Friday, September 19th Mark Sutton and Dr. Bruce Hennigan will be a the Well, the coffee shop/book store of Brookwood Baptist Church (click here for location and information) from 6:30 to 8 PM signing copies of our new book on depression, "Hope Again: A 30 Day Plan for Conquering Depression". Snacks and coffee are complimentary and we will be...

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Writing a book on depression was never on my life’s “must do” list. In fact, so much of what I have done in life was never on my list. But, it was on God’s! God uses people for His purposes. He uses our failures and our successes. He uses our pains and our triumphs. I recall the first day our book, “Conquering Depression: A 30 Day Plan to Finding Happiness” appeared at our local Barnes & Noble...

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So, how did Mark and I fare after deciding to write a book on depression? The story is one of God’s hand in control of every step of this project. A casual comment made by my sister helped define the format. She told me, “anyone can break a bad habit in thirty days”. Mark had also written a book on marriage with a thirty day format. When you suffer from depression, it is hard to sit down and read ...

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If you purchased and read our first book, “Conquering Depression,” you might wonder what changes there are in our newest book, “Hope Again.”  Below, you’ll find a quick overview of what’s different, and what’s the same.   First, Bruce and I are different than we were 10 years ago.  Bruce looks a lot older and I look better.  Just kidding!  But in this past decade, we’ve l...

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For most of us who fight depression on a regular basis, the title of this blog seems, on the surface, to be a ridiculous statement!  Why would we ever believe that this horrible enemy fighting to consume us could be a gift?  Keep on reading . . . . Not long ago I was asked to be the guest teacher for a fairly large Bible study group.  Made up of mainly senior adults, the majority o...

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“Sudeck’s Atrophy”. No, that is not a 21st century grunge band. It is a malady that affects people recovering from a fracture. Let me give you an example. Recently, a 71 year old actor broke his ankle when the door of the Millennial Falcon fell on him. (For those of you who aren’t Star Wars fans, it was Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Han Solo). Now, I haven’t seen this patient’s X-ray...

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On September 15th, you will be able to purchase a copy of “Hope Again: A 30 Day Plan for Conquering Depression,” published by B & H Publishers.  The plan Bruce and I lay out for you is what we use daily in our own lives.  Step-by-step, we help you discover how to overcome depression, no longer letting it control you.   One of the most important tools in this plan is the LifeFil...

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My counselor was a disturbingly chipper man with bright, blue eyes and a smile. I did not want a smile. I did not want chipper. I did not want to be at the counseling center! He led me up the stairs to a room on the second floor and invited me to sit in a chair. Then, he asked me why I was there. So, I told him. I was depressed. And, before I knew it, I was telling this total stranger everything. ...

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If you haven’t already done so, I hope you will soon purchase a copy of “Hope Again: A 30 Day Plan for Conquering Depression,” published by B & H Publishers.  The plan Bruce and I lay out for you is what we use daily in our own lives.  Step-by-step, we help you discover how to overcome depression, no longer letting it control you.  One of the most important tools in this plan i...

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From 1917 to 1926, U.S. Radium Corporation was a major supplier of radioluminescent watches to the military. Their plant in Illinois employed mainly women to paint radium-lit watch faces and instruments. An estimated 4,000 workers were hired by corporations in the U.S. and Canada to paint watch faces with radium by mixing glue, water and radium powder. The painter would then form a nice point on t...

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Depression. Deep, dark, constricting, suffocating depression. For my fortieth birthday, my wife planned a special trip to Colorado Springs. We were getting ready to ride the train up Pike’s Peak and my eight-year-old daughter had a seizure right there in the hotel room. Out lives changed forever. I went back home where I was the drama leader for our church drama team for the past four years. Dur...

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