Since birth, Charles has had a rough life. Moving in and out of his home town of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, he taught himself everything that he knows about life, including survival techniques. At the age of eighteen, Charles began writing poetry. He writes not because he’s starving for fame, but because he yearns for an escape from his sorrow. By the age of twenty-one, Charles has mourned for thirteen deaths, including the fatal miscarriage of his own daughter; Skye and the tragedy of his beloved Cassie. Darkness before the Dawn is the first book by Charles, but surely not the last. He now lives in Cleona, Pennsylvania, working on his second book of poetry.
Hope in Dark Places explores the depths of depression through the poetry of David Grieve. You will be moved to tears and laugh unexpectedly. You will feel the raw reality of suffering and feel Christ’s presence in its midst.
In 1997, Oxford graduate, working mother and Times journalist Rachel Kelly went from feeling mildly anxious to being completely unable to function within the space of just three days. Prescribed antidepressants by her doctor, and supported by her husband and her family, Rachel slowly began to get better, but her anxiety levels remained high, and six years later, as a stay-at-home mother, she suffered a second collapse even worse than the first.
Throughout both of Rachel's periods of severe depression, the healing power of poetry became an integral part of her recovery. As someone who had always loved poetry, it became something for Rachel to cling on to in times of need - from repeating short mantras to learning and reciting entire poems - these words and verses became a powerful force for change in her life. In Black Rainbow Rachel analyses why poetry can be one answer to depression, and the book contains a selected 40 of the poems that provided Rachel with solace and comfort during her breakdown and recovery.
At a time when mental health problems and depression are becoming more common, and the stigma around such issues is finally being lifted, this book offers a lifeline for anyone seeking to understand depression and seek new ways to treat it. Poetry is free, has no side-effects and, as Rachel can attest, 'prescribing words instead of pills' can be an incredibly powerful remedy.