One of the books I’m working on is on the very subject as I have lived with and suffered from depression for as long as I’ve been alive. I have a few questions for you on the subject.
Many of my friends have had some input on this book and I wanted to ask more of my friends what your thoughts are.
You want to read a book on depression to help you understand it, where it comes from and how to deal with it. You don’t want to get more depressed by reading about depression, so you’d like it to be upbeat, adding positivity, humor, maybe you can handle some of the sarcasm? as I’m pretty much a natural born smart ass. You’d like there to be solutions, actions you can take or trying to figure out your own personal ways of overcoming the depressive episode you are currently experiencing. Is all this correct?
Also explaining to those who don’t “get it” or don’t understand depression in order to help their friend or family member deal with it, since I too have these people in my life that I have to deal with (the ones who don’t get it).
If the book came with a journal or workbook, would you want it to be separate from the book, perhaps bound differently (spiral or soft binding), or would you want it to be part of the original book? Would you be happier with a 30 or 40 day lesson plan or workshop of ways in which you can overcome the pulls of depression?
Some friends said:
(1) Just a 30 day workbook with each day having a devotional, prayer, Bible study, positive quotes and a challenge of some kind. Cut and dry, no sugar coating.
(2) Make it one book with it being positive, upbeat, throw in some humor, explain to those who don’t understand depression, help us come up with solutions, ideas and then quiz us at end of each section or chapter on actions we can come up with and various questions that we should ask ourselves.
Any more ideas? What would you want in the book? What do you need? What do you look for in a book about depression? Mine is partly based on depression, anger and all it’s multiple personalities and partly based on God and my issues with both – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Oh, and also, I’ve thought about blogging on different parts of the book. Would you find that helpful? And if I do blog it, should I create a different page on this blog or create another blog entirely for “Depression and God?”
Any thoughts, ideas and comments are welcome here. And thanks.