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It felt as though every nerve in my body was popping. Imagine large, strong hands slowly applying pressure while breaking a family-size package of uncooked, dry spaghetti. I was the spaghetti. Breaking down one piece at a time.

This is how Juanita Rasmus begins the wise, frank, and witty account of what she later called "The Crash" and what her counselor labeled "a major depressive episode". This experience landed Juanita, a busy pastor, mother, and community leader, in bed. In addition to exhaustion and depression, on the spiritual front she experienced a dark night of the soul. When everything in her life finally came to a stop, she found that she had to learn to be - with herself and with God - all over again.

Pastor Juanita writes from her life with kind attention to the life of the listener. She offers both practical and spiritual insights but never pat answers. If you are longing for a trustworthy companion through dark days, this book is here for you. Each chapter includes life-giving spiritual practices to help you discover your own new ways of being.

©2020 Juanita Campbell Rasmus (P)2020 eChristian

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A boring book, I tried to return but no luck

The narrator starts off with a story that just disappears after trailing off.

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  • 05-10-20

Great

I loved this book. I related to it so much. I needed to read this and I am glad I did!

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  • Lisa D. Miller
  • 16-11-21

Mirror, Mirror...!

It was as if she knew exactly what I was experiencing my entire life. especially this year! This book speaks to my core and connects me to spiritual IV. I am loved and I can live! Thank you, Juanita Campbell Rasmus for sharing your journey to wholeness through grace.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-21

Great Read

This book is a must-read for anyone looking to bring balance in their life. I enjoyed thoroughly😊

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  • Jetquatta
  • 23-02-21

Everything!!!

This book is EVERYTHING for me!! A must read especially when faced with depression. To know you are not alone is a great relief

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-21

Insane!

Read this book as a part of a book club and I am completely in awe! The author was open and vulnerable and literally bared her soul with us. I have not personally experienced a crash in my life but I’ve had some tough days! This book is Juanita’s testimony but I gained freedom through her experience. It’s a must read but warning...you will be changed!
Juanita was apart of the book club and it was incredible watching her interact with the ladies in the group. She felt like a family member who was sitting you down with us for a chat.