During the winter of 2001-02, something provoked the roaring lion of depression inside me. I probably never will know for certain what triggered the disease. What I do know is the life that has unfolded these last seven years -- a life with major, chronic depression as a constant companion -- has been much different than I ever would have designed for myself and my family. to call it a learning experience would be understating that life. Depression is powerfully real. It can be scary, life-threatening, relentless. As you will read in Hence My Eyes, all of that and more have been the reality in our home. I wish I never would have had to put my wife, children, family and friends through all the fear, worry and tears. Still ... dare I say ... You will read that there actually are times when I feel grateful for the experience. Everyone, including those who have to experience the roaring lion's presence inside themselves every day, can meet God in a newer, deeper, more fulfilling way. By the grace of God, I have learned that – in part through the biblical tale of Jehoshaphat, who has become a friend, a role model of sorts, a prayer partner. In discovering his prayer, I have learned to say it with him. and I say it with him, I think, in a personal and cooperative way that makes managing a life with depression hopeful and possible. Maybe you suffer from depression or love someone who does. Or perhaps you have gone through something else similarly arduous and stressful, even jeopardizing your very life itself. Whatever the case, I hope my experience with depression and the Prayer of Jehoshaphat can help carry you to a better place.
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"The Laney Saga" is an historical fiction about the ancestry and lives of Titus and Hannah Laney. The book is actually three books, depicting the ancestry of Titus, the ancestry of Hannah and finally, their life together. The book begins in the year 69 AD with the Roman army. Over the course of the next 300 pages we see how Laney ancestors dealt with hunger, marauders, the elements, the Black Death, religion, and persecution. You will be enthralled with Hannah's ancestors: characters such as Dei, Carlin, Teige, Liam, Sophie and Carrie. You will be equally impressed with the ancestors of Titus: Derry, Boruck, Harold, Joseph and Olaf. Some of the characters actually existed such as Hugh Slaini, Teigena Lann, Dubslane, Finn, O'Dubhshlaine and Johann Lennich. This book is a walk through history as we see what molded our ancestors and made them the men and women that still influences their descendants to this day. There is romance, anger, religious persecution, witchcraft, plague, war and even a fight in the coliseum at Rome. The Roman Empire, Druids, Feudalism, the Thirty Years' War, sailing the Atlantic, wagon trains, Indians and the Revolutionary War are all mentioned. The book begins with Titus and Hannah's ancestors caught up in 69 AD in a war with Rome. It concludes with one of their ancestors serving in the military in Iraq. And in between, there are many wonderful adventures and surprises. Read and enjoy.