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, Psychology

Reviews Silent Souls Weeping

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amy
    Wonderful book about depression and the stigma that surrounds it. It shares moving stories from both caretakers and those suffering with it and highlights depression in different groups (ie youth, postpartum, missionaries, etc). Conversation about this illness needs to happen more and I feel this book is a step in that direction. A helpful book whether a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or not.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Connie
    I came across this book just when I needed it. It's been a rough while for me. I just can't seem to shake the depression this time around. I loved her insight and honesty. There is a huge stigma with mental illness especially in my church. "All you have to do is; read your scriptures more, pray more, have more faith. Dust yourself off, pull yourself up by the bootstraps. And serve, serve, serve." Nope. Doesn't always work that way. I want to run ...
  • Becky Nelson
    I learned a lot for hearing other's depression stories but at the same time it made me depressed so I couldn't decide how many stars to give this book. I did like the suggestions on how to reach out to those with mental illness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Christina Hogewoning
    I am not a reader, and when I do actually read a book, I rarely get to the end. But I read this book in less than 5 days.I think this was especially powerful to me for a number of reasons.One being that Jane isn't a doctor or mental health specialist. Instead, she has dealt with depression, and I was able to relate to that. There is something about hearing personal stories from those who have struggled firsthand that makes what they have to say s...
  • 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...
  • Elsie
    This is a must read, whether you or someone you know suffers from mental disability. This book will expand your understanding and your compassion for you and others. Written by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she discusses issues unique to members of her faith but also issues that span humanity. Depression is a disease not unlike diabetes or cancer. But whereas others will flock to help you with a broken leg or breast...
  • Tonya
    We all have experience with depression, whether our own or those we love. This book is good for either. It is especially relevant and helpful for depression within the LDS culture.I liked how the chapters were organized and I was going to list the ones I particularly liked, but really they were all good. I love this author and would love to meet her or hear her speak someday.
  • 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.
  • Lori S.
    Valuable information on depression for those who battle depression and those who work to understand, love, and care for them.
  • Kristina
    4.5* This was incredibly hard for me to read, which I was not expecting. I’m not much of a crier but this one touched on some raw feelings, and it took me right back to my lowest points. Overall, I finished this book feeling more down than up, but that’s because of my own unresolved issues. But I think this is an important book for anyone to read, especially people who have not personally struggled with depression. I appreciate the different ...
  • 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.
  • 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...