BOOK REVIEW: Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey through Depression

Edited by Tami Simon, Founder of Sounds True
Review by Elizabeth, CN co-owner

A collection of the essays of 19 “exceptional and compassionate” authors and teachers of psychotherapy, Buddhism, and spiritual practices this book brings the personal experience of depression to inform these writings.

These are not the usual self-help essays, but rather the wisdom of self-knowledge and the personal experience of depression from these writers/teachers.

They radically re-interpret the way that we perceive the understanding and the experience of depression. While supporting traditional psychotherapy and medication for what they offer in the way of relief, these writers offer us their own experiences, insights and the practices which they have found most valuable in embracing their personal forms of depression.

 Included in this collection are: 

  • Thomas Moore, PhD, on Saturn’s gifts
  • Sally Kempton on shifting from suffering and into witnessing awareness
  • Mark Nepo, poet, on embracing both emptiness and aliveness
  • Mary Pipher, PhD, on how despair can open us to long-hidden joy
  • Christina Baldwin on “ineffable sorrow”
  • Parker J. Palmer on finding meaning and connection through the experience of depression

… and the writings of 13 others.

 Editor Tami Simon says…

"This book is not meant to 'fix' us,
but to befriend, accompany, and inspire us
in our experience of depression."