Friday, May 09, 2008

A burning desire

A few days ago I was feeling anxious about the publication of my new book, A Firm Place to Stand: Finding Meaning in a Life with Bipolar Disorder. This morning I'm feeling eager. Can't wait to get it out there and to share all that I poured into that book.

I want to share here a couple of bits from the introduction, just to let you know why I wrote this. And, to be honest, to encourage you to look forward to the book as well.

"I have a burning desire to tell you my story. I long to tell you what I have learned from living with bipolar disorder* for four decades. I want to help others understand what it’s like to have severe mental health difficulties. I want to help you, and all those who read my story, to learn from the hardships – and the joys – I have known.

I’ve come a long way. As a young girl I was shy and withdrawn, afraid to say much in school. Now I speak out on mental health issues. Some even call me an activist. Today I am bubbling over with a lifetime of thoughts and experiences I want to tell you about.

Bipolar disorder (also called manic depression) is a difficult diagnosis to accept, but a rich and productive life is possible, much more so today than in the past. If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I hope this book will encourage you, with the help of God, to find a better life for yourself."


Unfortunately, I have to miss Living Room today. I have to go to my husband's aunt's funeral. I hate missing, but I know the meeting is in good hands. Janice will do the devotional and there's lots of good help. What a blessing to know I can count on things carrying on, even when I'm not there.

Hope you all have a great day.

(I'm sorry for the weird fonts here. Couldn't make them do what I wanted them to do.)

4 comments:

Nancie said...

Marja,

I love what you shared about your book. I believe it will be a great blessing and help to many others. I hope to get a copy when it is out.

I have been wanting to get a copy of your first book too "Riding the Roller Coaster". I shall do so as soon as I can.

May God continue to bless your labours of love. And Blessed Mother's Day!

Hugs,
Nancie

P.J. said...

Well that sounds like quite the beginning! Good for you! I'm glad you got over the fear and have moved on to eagerness. That's goor. I know God will use it to bless the lives of many people.

Happy Mother's Day!! You can call me 'daughter' anytime you want!! ;) I love your positive attitude and encouragement, too. Enjoy your day!

coco said...

Hello, this is my first visit here, just wanted to say congratulations on your book. I'd love to read it and will look into how to order a copy :)

marja said...

Thanks, Nancie, for your ever-present support and encouragement.

And PJ, Happy Mother's Day to you as well. - from your "Mom"

Coco, Welcome to my blog. I'll soon come and visit yours as well. Hope you'll come again soon.