Crying for the Light

Bible readings and reflections for living with depression

Veronica Zundel

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Through these 28 Bible reflections, meditative prayers and poetry, Veronica Zundel weaves her own experiences of living with depression, reaching out to others who share similar situations and offering advice to family and friends.

Exploring how having faith and suffering from depression do not have to be mutually exclusive, Crying for the Light is not about pulling you out of the darkness but helping you through it, with God's love in your heart.


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Author info

Veronica Zundel is an award-winning columnist and poet, established author and popular member of the New Daylight contributor team since 1998, with a regular column in the Quiet Spaces journal and Woman Alive magazine. She is a member of the UK's only Mennonite church, where she preaches regularly. BRF has also published The Time of our Lives (2007), a collection of Veronica's writings that reflect her deep love of the Bible.


From The Good Bookstall - May 2010

This book offers a stirring yet earthy mix of resources and reflections for those experiencing depression or mental illnesses. Zundel writes from the gracious, mature and resolved context of three-and-a-half decades of clinical depression.

There's a month of relevant passages, reflections and supportive resources contained in this unique book. This also links to other web based helps and supports.

This is a well crafted book in both style and substance. There is no simplicity, triumphalism or naivety to been seen...... best summed up in a chapter conclusion;- 'if you cannot say, great is your faithfulness, pray that one day you will be able to say it.' A worthy read for all!

Reviewed by Johnny Douglas

'I sure wish I'd had a book like yours when depression was sucking the life out of me and making me feel like my faith had vanished. It would have been nice to feel some companionship in the journey. Thanks for writing it.

This intimate book details the experience of the author in her battle with clinical depression, but it is far from just a personal biography. Zundel, a well-know Christian journalist, writes aout different episodes in her life that have caused her pain, but she goes on to try to find a way out of the darkness. So the book concludes with 28 daily reflections on Bible texts that also include meditative prayers that have come from the online community she set up to provide support to Christians suffering from depression, Waving not Drowning.

The book is split into four parts: the first being 'Songs in the darkness', which looks at readings from the Psalms. The second part is her own story and that is followed by the daily readings meditating on Bible characters. The final part, 'don't give me proverbs', examines ways to cope with those whose response is 'cheer up, it might never happen.' She writes: "Depression is an illness, and because it is one that attacks the core of our personality, it also attacks the core of our faith."

This is a book that will be highly valued by those suffering from depression, and those near to them.

Reviewed by Judy West

From Church Times

Zundel's slim, sensitive book is arranged in daily bites for those with the limited concentration span that accompanies severe depression. Occasionally she permits readers glimpses of her own journey. The result is a series of reflections, based on a section of a psalm in the evocative Message translation, with additional poetry and prayers (often of her own composition). The book ends with a list of useful organisational, websites, and self-help books and autobiographies.

This book will be of great comfort and help to fellow sufferers, and should be warmly welcomed.

Reviewed by Jenny Francis

'A book of great integrity about real issues that face real people who don't want to be fobbed off with glib statements.... People often ask me what they can do to help a depressed person. It's been hard to give a helpful answer to that but from now on I will suggest buying a copy of Veronica's book.' Sue Atkinson, author of Climbing Out of Depression

Book details

  • ISBN: 9781841015651
  • Published: 22 February 2008
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
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