Silent Souls Weeping by Jane Clayson Johnson

Silent Souls Weeping

In a culture that strives for happiness and perfection, depression and mental illness are often surrounded by stigma, misunderstanding, and endless questions. In Silent Souls Weeping, bestselling author and nationally-recognized journalist Jane Clayson Johnson hopes to change the LDS dialogue and cultural stigmas surrounding mental illness. She vulnerably shares her own experience with depression along with the experiences of many other Latter-da...

Details Silent Souls Weeping

TitleSilent Souls Weeping
Release DateJan 31st, 2019
PublisherDeseret Book Company
GenreNonfiction, Christianity, Lds, Religion, Self Help, Health, Mental Health

Reviews Silent Souls Weeping

  • Lindsay Bartholomew
    I absolutely loved this book! I, myself, have struggled with depression and found so much hope and validation in this book. Jane is incredibly vulnerable as she shares her own personal battle with depression. She also does a wonderful job sharing other individual's stories of their struggle. She does a great job of sharing the realities of what people go through while suffering from depression, as well as offering nuggets of wisdom and hope. Even...
  • Amy Harding
    With an expert journalistic background, personal experience with depression, and a gift for connecting with the inner most parts of the human soul, Jane Clayson Johnson has captivated the core experience and intensity of emotions of suffering from mental illness in a whole and comprehensive way, specifically addressing the experience of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As an over-all, but raw and close-up look at mental...
  • Janna
    There is much to celebrate with the publication of this book: it's a conversation starter for the important discussions members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints need to have regarding depression; it calls out the toxic perfectionism in our culture as a force that complicates symptoms of depression; it addresses depression in missionaries and youth; it looks at suicide as an epidemic in society; and so much more.I love that topic...
  • Deyanne
    Stories are powerful and definitely an honest, open and vulnerable approach to depression is needed. I was hoping for more than story and the importance of sharing feelings.
    Excellent. Not a self help book but if you or someone you love has ever struggled with depression or mental illness you will find validation, empathy, and hope in these pages. The author does not flinch when addressing any aspect of depression, including the terrible, rapidly rising rates of suicide. Silent Souls Weeping is directed at members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and deals with some things specific to LDS culture, s...
  • Lindquistheather
    I think this should be mandatory reading for the LDS community whether you struggle with depression yourself or you have a loved one who does. This was very helpful for me and my husband to read together.
  • Ramona McConkie
    These are important stories that need to be told. I'm just not in love with the journalist format for this subject. It feels a little cavalier, even though Jane does a great job with this skill of hers. I really respect her. She is doing something very difficult, vulnerable, and authentic. And more discourse about this subject is so, so needed in the church. I'm grateful she wrote this.
  • Val
    When I hear people say "everyone should read this book" or "this book is a life-changer," I sometimes roll my eyes at what I am sure is exaggeration to increase book sales. It is with no exaggeration or book sales motive that I recommend THIS book unreservedly as a book everyone should read, and if everyone did, it would be a life-changer for the good for everyone. I would give it 6 stars if I could.I started reading this book the day after the f...
  • Cherise
    “It’s a lie the adversary loves and certainly hopes we will buy into: that each of us must suffer in solitude. The authentic connection you make when you share your story, and feel it resonate with another’s, shatters this lie, bringing hope, comfort, and confirmation that your suffering is real and you are not alone.”“By seeing how many kinds of resilience and strength and imagination are to be found, one can appreciate not only the ho...
  • Summer Owens
    One of the many people Jane interviewed while writing this book was my husband. While he doesn't deal with mental illness first hand he's learned a lot about supporting a spouse through it. It has not been easy but we have both learned and grown together through this struggle. Please take the time to read this book. It offers hope to anyone struggling with mental anguish. It offers empathy to those looking on, wondering how to help. It is full of...
  • Brittany Lesueur
    4.5 stars. This book was amazing. I love the way Jane confronts the negative stigma that is associated with depression in the LDS culture specifically. It is an ideal read for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who may know somebody who battles with mental illness.
  • Lisa
    I applaud those who overcame the stigma surrounding mental illness to share their deeply personal stories. This book is real, raw, and needed. The chances are good that you know or love someone who is a “silent soul weeping,” secretly battling depression or other mental illness.
  • Lori S.
    Valuable information on depression for those who battle depression and those who work to understand, love, and care for them.
  • Carolyn
    Giving this 4 stars because although it is not the easiest book to read, it is a necessary one.
  • Danielle
    Interesting insights.
  • Julianne
    Yep. Everyone would do well to read this excellent book! Well done Jane!
  • Delise
    Wish everyone I know would read this book. Compassionately and knowledgeably written. Difficult reading at times but so necessary to get a glimpse into life for so many. May we continue sharing, connecting and loving.
  • Beth
    Very well done book! A great help for those who help people with depression
  • Kendall
    As someone who struggles with depression, I want my parents, my friends, my ward members, my bishop and anyone else I interact with in a church setting to read this book. It gives a beautiful window into what it feels like to live with depression. I had to read the first few chapters one at a time because it made me so emotional that someone had managed to capture that feeling I have never been able to describe precisely. Johnson carefully crafts...
  • Donna
    A must read for everyone. Depression effects us all, directly or indirectly. This takes the stigma out of mental illnesses and gives positive options for healing. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Lisa Dickson
    This book needs to be read by anyone who knows people. It can help all gain insight into how we can have empathy and understanding for those who suffer from the affects of all kinds of mental illness.
  • Tristen Smith
    This book has given me the courage to do things and open up in ways concerning my depression and anxiety disorder like never before. I want to help in the battle to do away with the stigma of mental illness, and this book has helped me to see that I can make a difference, while being patient with myself and accepting, after decades, that this is a disease, and I may have it the rest of my life. If that’s the case, then so be it. This book clear...
  • belle liang
    With the narrative momentum of an award-winning investigative journalist, and the sensitivity of a fellow sojourner, Jane Clayson Johnson has expertly and lovingly drawn out the stories of those who have suffered silently with depression. She serves as trusted confidante, therapist, and spiritual guide, lifting the veil of stigma to create new community and provide a life line for those who feel alone or hopeless. It is her personal vulnerability...
  • Julia Southwick
    This book should’ve been written ages ago! It was powerful and bore impactful testimony to the importance of “mourning with those that mourn and comforting those who stand in need of comfort.” I am profoundly grateful to be blessed with friends and loved ones who have practically carried me through several major times of struggle, but I know that there are still so many people who don’t truly grasp depression and other mental illnesses or...
  • Marion Norton
    As the mother of a beautiful son who took his life after a difficult and painful battle with depression, I am grateful for Jane's willingness to address an issue too often overshadowed by stigma. Jane beautifully and honestly shares the truth of her own battle with depression as well as those of many others affected by the grip of depression. The stories that Jane shares are a poignant reminder that we need to reach out with kindness and love to ...
  • Kira
    This book is incredible! As a wife, mother and daughter of people who struggle with mental health issues it really spoke to my soul. I love her plea for us to overcome the stigma of it because I feel the same way. She also gives amazing stories of way as members of the church can help. The chapter about caregivers is what I wished someone would have told me 10 years ago! A must read for everyone!!!!
  • Melissa
    This book is a must read! I wish I could magically say something to make all people read this book, because the stories and knowledge shared in this book will help you feel empowered, more understanding, or more empathetic to others. If you struggle with mental illness - this book helps to share that you are not alone, that what you are feeling are normal for your situation, that there is hope, things can be lived with or conqueredIf you have a f...
  • Kristiina
    The author begins with a searing description of her own experience with depression. She’d had success in her journalism career and now had the family she’d always longed for, but she wasn’t feeling the happiness she’d expected. Instead, she writes, her mood swung from agitated and angry to numb and deadened. She grew ashamed of how she felt and how she was treating her family, but felt hopeless to do anything about it.In her pain, she con...
  • Adrianne Crawford
    Depression and mental illness in general is such a broad, complicated topic, and yet this book did such a great job of really digging into it. I identified with so much of it, it was almost scary. But so validating and encouraging too. The only thing the book was missing, in my opinion, was a discussion on some of the darker causes of depression. This book focused a lot on depression that comes from no ones fault and for seemingly no outside reas...
  • Ronald Rafajko
    This is an incredibly insightful book that every person should own, read, study, and reread often. This is a MUST book for those who suffer with depression, have it in their family, among their friends, or just want to know how to befriend and help those who do. It will open your heart to the intense silent suffering that is going on all around you, hidden in the blank expressions of those you see every day.Jane shares her own painful journey int...