About this Book:
Have you come through a dark time? Depression, burn-out, financial disaster, death of a family member, or emotional chaos come to us all. We get through, but we want something beyond mere survival. We feel, somehow, there must be something more.
This book is about the something more.
The pain of a dark time can open us to new growth in our relationship with God and ourselves. This book is about the unexpected, refreshingly, surprisingly new things God wants to do for you. Penned by the best-selling author of Surviving Depression, this book is the bridge from darkness to authentic spirituality and healing.
"Each step we take in healing, spirituality, or transformation is always made up of elements that complete themselves: a rational element, an emotive element, a spiritual element, at times a physiological element, a divine element. We are inspired or moved on many different levels: our mind, our will, our heart, or, in another way of expressing it, our mind, body, soul, and spirit. We begin to feel different, to move in a different interior space, to think differently, to perceive, intuit, and mentally frame situations differently. Our choices in everyday life, preferences, work styles and play style change. We find ourselves reacting to situations and persons around us in healthier ways. Emotionally we are in a better place. Our loves have deepened, changed. Our participation in spirituality and the life of God has become a more integrated part of our life. This is what St. Paul meant by: "It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by my faith in the Son of God" (Gal. 2:20)."
-From the author
Each chapter follows a journey that includes:
- Stories and images
- Scripture reflections
- Questions for personal or small group use
- Contemplative experiences
- Healing exercises
About the Authors:
Kathryn James Hermes' books include Surviving Depression, Making Peace with Yourself, and St. Joseph-Help in Life's Emergencies. A member of the Daughters of St. Paul, she has an M.T.S. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and an advanced certificate in Scripture. Besides her work for the Pauline Book & Media Centers and in digital publishing, she is a spiritual companion and gives numerous presentations throughout the country. She lives in Massachusetts.
Helene Cote, p.m., MTS, is a sister of the Presentation of Mary. She studied spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Presently, she works as a staff member at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford, Maine and at Berakah, in Pittsfield, NH, a center that offers renewal programs for women. She is a spiritual director, an inner healing provider, and a presenter for retreats and workshops.
What Are People Saying about this Title?
"As someone who has suffered from depression for many years, I was excited to get my hands on a copy of "Holding on to Hope: The Journey Beyond Darkness" by Sr. Kathryn J. Hermes. It is a follow-up to her best-selling book "Surviving Depression" which resonated with so many. "Holding on to Hope" is the next step in the journey. Rather than merely making our way through the darkness, it "is about learning to be receptive to God connecting with us do that God can indeed heal us - heal us, I repeat, not cure us - of depression or erase the sorrows of failure or restore lost loves." Each chapter in the book includes several elements designed to provide healing for mind, body, soul, and spirit. These include Images, which are stories of interactions with God; Scripture References, "the divine element of the healing plan;" reflection questions for personal or small group use; Contemplative Exercises; Resting, which invites us to "rest" in God's word and allow God to do His healing work in us; and Inner Healing Exercises (written by Sr. Helene Cote) which "offers truly helpful and powerful ways to integrate the topic of the chapter into your everyday life. Those who enjoy meditation will love this book. There are many beautiful guided imagery exercises designed to engage the reader with God's Word. "Holding on to Hope" is meant to be used over a long period of time, perhaps in conjunction with a spiritual director. Despite how much we might want it to be the case, very few people are healed of long-standing pain in a short period Patrice Fagnant-macarthurof time. It is a process. One particular poignant reflection is on the words of Jesus, "Do you want to get well?" (Jn 5:6). Sometimes we are so stuck in our pain we can't even hear Jesus asking us that question or allow Him to come into our hearts to do the work that needs to be done. What is wonderful about Hermes' reflections is that she, too, has been in that darkness. One can relate deeply to her experience and learn from it.
-P. Fagnant-Macarthur (Springfield, MA), Amazon.com customer review
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