I’m writing a book. There, I said it.
To tell you the truth, I debated on whether or not to share this publicly. It can sound so presumptuous, as if writing a book is what one does after they’ve risen far above everyone else with their cute little assumptions and misunderstandings.
“Excuse me, people. Author coming through.”
But that’s not me and that’s not why I’m writing this book.
I am writing it because I must.
I am writing it because there’s a need.
I am writing it because if I don’t, it will eat me alive.
As many of you know, over the past year or two I’ve been increasingly open in my speaking and writing about my struggle with depression and anxiety. As I’ve done this I have been overwhelmed by how many people from all walks of life have reached out.
Many have reached out to say “me too.” Others have reached out asking for advice on how to navigate their own struggle or how to help their loved one who is in a season of depression right now. I’ve also had a good number of pastors and churches reach out along the way, many of them asking the same question: “What resources are out there?”
And while there are some books I do recommend (though often with caveats and disclaimers), the truth is there just aren’t many out there. Given the amount of Christians who struggle with depression, I personally find this unacceptable. And I believe God is calling me to do something about that.
So I’ve begun writing what I pray will be a candid, gracious, balanced, practical, Christ-centered book on finding life and hope in the midst of depression and anxiety.
I write it not as a professional, but as a pastor and fellow sufferer. I write as one who has learned a lot of things the hard way, and despite it all, has managed to find great hope and life in the midst of some very dark and seemingly hopeless seasons.
“Alright, Aaron, good for you. But why are you sharing this? How does this concern me?”
I’m glad you asked. I’m sharing this with you for a few different reasons.
1. This changes things.
I began the year with the goal of writing and publishing one article a week. However, what I never could have guessed was that God had something very different and substantially bigger in mind. At this point it’s obvious I won’t be publishing fifty-two weekly articles this year. I will need to scale that goal back so I can reallocate a good chunk of my writing time to the book. I will, however, continue to write articles on various aspects of faith and leadership, but I’m going to have to ask for grace from you on this one as it won’t be near as much as I originally intended.
2. I want to invite you to be a part of it.
The truth is I wouldn’t be writing this book if it wasn’t for you. Many of you have read, shared and commented on pieces I’ve written. A number of you have emailed me along the way to share how God has ministered to you through them. A handful of you have urged me to write this very book. I wouldn’t be writing this if it wasn’t for you. And I want to invite you to be a part of it. In addition to my normal writing, I also plan to share early pieces of the book along the way as I am writing it. I want to invite you to help shape what this book will become. As we journey together I want to know what resonates with you and what doesn’t, what is helpful and what isn’t, what is missing, confusing, etc. I want to invite you to be a part of helping bring life and hope to those lost in the fog of depression.
3. Lastly, I am going to need your help.
The day I decided to pull the trigger and write this book I was warned by a good friend in the industry that the book writing process has a way of resurfacing demons and messing with your head. She was right. Almost as soon as I began working on the book my own struggle with depression and anxiety suddenly and inexplicably came rushing back. It’s been more than a little discouraging for Megan and I to find ourselves dealing with some of this stuff yet again. But I will say this: it has kept my flame for writing this book white hot. It has served as a daily reminder of precisely why this book needs to be written. (And as an added bonus, my inability to sleep has provided me with plenty of extra writing time.:) And hey if that’s what it’s going to take, so be it. If this book can help bring life and hope to even just one person who finds themselves sinking in the sea of depression, it will be well worth the work.
But I’m going to need help. As I continue forward, I am aware now more than ever that I’m going to need a community of friends who are willing to join me in the journey and cover me and this project in prayer from start to finish.
So if you’re willing to join me on this crazy journey, I invite you to join me by subscribing to my mailing list. I promise to not spam you or fill your inbox with more junk you don’t want or need. Instead, I will email you only when new content goes live and with the occasional personal update about how the book is coming along and what I’m learning along the way. So if you’re up for it, let’s do this thing!
Here’s to the journey!