Is Your SpiritualTank Running on Empty?: How to Move Beyond Spiritual Depression. (Paperback)
These thoughts are not meant to be a quick fix for the clinically depressed or for those on medication, or hospitalized for mental illness. It is meant to open up your horizon to expand the thinking of those of us who experience functional or everyday depression on the journey of life. This is the depression of being human, a low-grade struggle between your animal and spiritual selves. Read this book if you have lost, or can't discover the focus of your spiritual life, and want to get back to center. These gentle, meditative thoughts allow you to think outside the lines, and even outside of your physical and mental universes. You may be spiritually depressed and not even know it. And why not? If you have just experienced a death in the family, a divorce, the loss of a job, you will probably go through some form of depression. We all do. Qualified professionals should treat clinical depression. The depression of which I speak is that of your individual spirit, interfacing with the Spirit of Truth, which is no less real and intimately bound up with your mental health. You treat this form of depression by being one with the Spirit again. How do you know if you are spiritually depressed? What can you do about it? What does sin have to do with spiritual depression? This book, contains some useful ideas for reclaiming your spiritual life. Read each page carefully. Each page is a separate thought. Link the thoughts together with your mind. Place yourself in a secure place in the presence of God. Learn to listen to the sacred. This book is spiritual nourishment for your total self.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Michael F. Conrad, B.S., M.R.E., Ed.D., is retired from a full life of trying to make money, seek fame and recognition by the world, all without much success. Coming to his senses, even after the age of 75, he now struggles to have in him the mind of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5-12) Still running the race and searching for the prize, he has had a lifetime of activities to help him in his quest: he is proud to have been a U.S. Army Chaplain, pastor of parish ministry, adjunct instructor of Adult Education at Indiana University (Bloomington) and University of South Florida (Tampa) and Barry University (Florida), high school instructor of religion, trainer of managers and supervisors, adjunct trainer for the Florida Certified Public Manager program, instructional designer for the State of Florida, former Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and currently a publisher, blogger and author, He is a Lay Cistercian associate member of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery, Conyers, Georgia, proud father of a daughter, and a humbled husband.