Month: May 2017

Needing a Prescription to Live a “Normal” Life

Sitting at the kitchen island finishing homework, she catches me off guard with her concern. “Are you okay, Mom?” I ignore the question at first, hoping she doesn’t see me hide the white paper bag of antidepressants my husband brought…

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Interview with Maggie Rowe, Author of Sin Bravely

When I started reading Maggie Rowe’s book Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience I saw myself there immediately. For many, her experiences of being afraid of God, worrying about salvation, and getting answers that only seemed to confuse the…

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Ace, The Remarkable: Why My Son With Down Syndrome is Profoundly Human

Ace throws his hands above his head while the grown-ups and therapists sing “the people on the bus go up and down.” He bangs his hands onto the floor. This is his favorite moment of the week when the circle…

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Summer Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov

The editors and writers of Off the Page are readers first and foremost. We love words and the craft of writing. One of the greatest novels ever written is The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. D.L. Mayfield approached me with…

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Journeying with Depression and God

Living with depression feels like living in the midst of an ocean.  Depression feels huge, powerful, and unpredictable; calm at times, violent and destructive at others.  Depression hit for the first time when I was six.  It was a normal…

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Talk About It

You might think you are the only person who struggles with anxiety and depression. Please don’t believe that lie. A study in 2014 found that the second most common prescription in the United States was for antidepressants.   You are not…

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Choosing a Therapist: Notes from the Trenches

After I wrote “Therapy for Beginners,” I received an email from a reader who had noted that my current therapeutic relationship wasn’t my first, and that my first therapist wasn’t a good fit. She asked me what I looked for…

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Lexicon

Habit led me down to the rocks—habit and Shannon’s elation, which would have dragged us to roiled water if custom hadn’t. The waves had drawn more of a crowd than mid-October normally sees, along with the tropic air whorled up…

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Interview with Laura Werezak, Author of Attend

I’m excited to talk with Laura Werezak, author of the book Attend: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God. You can listen to our conversation here or read the transcript below.   Briana Meade: Attend is a book for anyone who is…

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Rest

Instead of going to church on Easter weekend I drove south from Indiana into Alabama to camp with a friend in Bankhead National Forest. We pitched our tents in a plot at Brushy Lake Campground, where the lake, nestled within…

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