Depression and suicide aren’t just a worldwide epidemic, they also hit home. With over 350 million people suffering from depression and an estimated 1 million Americans attempting suicide each year, most of us have been affected by this terrible plague--or perhaps struggle with it ourselves. How can we help those who feel they have no hope?
In this moving fictional account, a caring bystander tries to convince a suicidal young man that his life has value and he has much to live for. Through their conversation, you will discover why we all have great worth, everyone has a reason and purpose for living, no situation is ever hopeless, and suicide is never a good option.
Whether you want to be able to share these truths with others, or you need to hear them yourself, this impactful book will offer a lasting cure for this growing epidemic.
Includes helpful, hope-filled sidebars from the world’s best Counselor.
- Great read!
I liked this book, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I expected more of a theological book, and it ended up being a story. Overall if was good, and I did learn a few things from it.
- Loved it
Makes you think and see the bigger picture God has for you life and it with this in mind we need to walk and live each day
- A great story of Salvation and Hope
well done. very compelling and so timely to have a salvation story combined with help for those that are suicidal.
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- Purporting this book as a "How To" could cause more hurt than help
As others have noted, this is NOT a "How To..." book. This book is a giant anecdote of one case where the gospel was used to attempt to convince someone to not commit suicide.
Tom Parks (voice actor/reader) clearly enunciates with natural intonation and uses an engaging steady pace. My only critique on the reader would be that he periodically uses more emotion (especially enthusiasm) than what seems to fit.
The story is pretty well written with descriptive metaphors and scripture subsections sprinkled throughout to back-up the authors explanations, but at times, the story smells of slightly exaggerated truths and leaves one with the sour feeling typically felt after watching a cliché Christian film. Along with this, there are multiple holes in the thought and explanations given to "prove" various theological points (e.g. the author employs the logical fallacy of False equivalence when he says that believing Hell doesn't exist is equal to believing the electric chair doesn't exist).
Even though the gospel is laid out, I would have a hard time recommending this book to anyone because the title is so misleading and could actually cause some serious issues if one attempted to use this book as a guide in helping someone who is battling depression or contemplating suicide.
- Kinda misleading title
This book was more of a storyline of Ray preaching the Gospel to someone who was depressed and on the ledge contemplating suicide. I can’t give a low rating for the book cause hey, it’s the gospel but the title of the book is kinda misleading. Good story though