About the book: Growing up, Misti thought she had a pretty normal childhood. Right up until the sixth grade. That's when she began to notice things. Like how she was constantly aware of every blink of her eyes. How any normal physical thing could become an enemy that her brain would replay over and over again. She tried talking to her parents about it, but family dysfunction and parental control issues wouldn't let them see her problem for what it was. So she did everything she could to hide it. It would take her many more years to attach a name to her tortuous condition — Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
But after many more years of struggling, praying, and counseling, Misti experienced the miracle she had been seeking — she was healed.
So she's done hiding. This is her story of suffering through — and eventually being healed of — OCD, anxiety, and depression through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. This is her story of how the Lord turned her deepest struggles into her greatest blessings.
"Misti's journey through the darkness and into the light is engrossing, filled with candid details of her pain, until her ultimate triumph over this awful affliction through her faith in Christ. Whether or not the reader suffers from OCD, Misti's heartfelt story will uplift and inspire to seek the Savior's grace in overcoming any personal trials." — Jennifer Griffith, author of Big in Japan
My review: Wow, this book is kind of amazing! I loved that the author, Misti Stevenson, is so willing to open up her whole life for the whole world to see. I thought that she did a really great job with her writing, she explained what she had dealt with for many, many years in a way that is easy to understand. You feel her anguish as she talks about what she has gone through.
I learned a lot from this book. I learned a lot about OCD that I had never known or even thought about before. Hopefully that will help me to be more compassionate if I need to help someone dealing with that particular problem. I also learned about myself, some of her beginning chapters talk about her parents families and kind of dissect the way that one side of her family acts and how she has always had a hard time relating to them. This really hit home for me, I've always had a hard time with some of my relatives and I have never really understood why. Seeing her journey through her OCD and the forgiveness that was required of her helps me to realize that I too have a forgiveness journey that I need to undertake.
This book is an emotional journey from Misti's darkest days into her present joy filled ones that you won't want to miss!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Misti Stevenson now enjoys her busy and joy-filled life in Kaysville with her husband, Jed, and five busy children. When not helping her kids with homework, tackling a mountain of laundry, or serving at church, she loves to do yoga, go jogging with her friends, and especially loves hiking in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with her family. Facing her OCD was difficult. Telling her family was almost impossible. Writing about it, the supreme act of faith. She has felt supported by the Savior each step of the way. Misti knows you or someone you love may be among those who are silently suffering in a seemingly insurmountable set of circumstances and loves spreading the Savior’s message of hope and deliverance through the message of her book.
Labels: LDS non-fiction, Misti Stevenson