"A candid, moving and inspirational book, I am blown away.”
Jonny Benjamin MBE, award-winning mental health campaigner and author of The Stranger on
The Boy Between - A Mother and Son's Journey from a World Gone Grey by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 286 pages
Genre: Author Memoir, Family ~ Tour dates: Nov 2 to Nov 27, 2020
Publisher: Little A ~ Release date: November 2020
Content Rating: R: 1. Infrequent use of F word in context (estimated 10 times in book), 2. Mildly questions religious faith during a testing time, 3. References to thoughts about suicide (not graphic)
Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found.
This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times. Josiah’s situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life.
In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah’s raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda’s heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother’s love for her child. For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message—you are not alone, and there is hope.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
The Boy Between is a well-written non fiction which addresses one boy's/man's fight with depression.
While discussing the earliest symptoms, I can relate to the mother and to the son. As I young girl, I suffered with severe depression brought on by various factors. I can relate o the feeling of hopelessness and no self-worth. However, unlike Josh, my escape was reading and reading came very easy to me. I too felt intimidated, and shy, in groups of more than two or three.
I feel those of us who are sensitive to the feelings of others and are hurt when betrayed or ridiculed, are the prime candidates for depression.
Unlike Josh, my firm belief f Life Eternal, is what kept me from taking my own life, many times. I feel bad for those who do not have the same deep belief in God and that this earth-life is but a tiny part in forever.
The mother had a very happy childhood in a large family. I tend to feel there is less inclination toward suicide with children in a close, large family situation. However, I do feel the causes of depression vary as much as there are individuals with this issue.
With this book, the authors' goals are to make the public aware of early signs of depression. The book addresses, the need of compassion and not judging. Also, the drugs for depression is another controversial subject. Like Josh mentioned, the drugs can make one sleepy, "spacey" and is a temptation when one is feeling low. Also, the authors emphasized the need of more help and awareness with this illness.
Although, Amanda's writing was interesting, along with her insights, I was mostly impressed with Josh's words. He was very poetic is the description of past feelings. the reader could feel the impact of his words. It was very interesting in reading about their relationship and challenges throughout years. They conclude with helpful tips.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating for this book.
I was gifted this book with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
The Monster in Our House…
I don’t have depression, and yet it lives in our house. It has taken root in every room. I trip over it in the dark and I skirt around it during the day, avoiding eye contact. I describe living under the same roof as depression as like living with a huge, dark monster of which we are all afraid. And as if this wasn’t bad enough, we all pretend we can’t see him! And yet there he is, at the table when we eat, looking over our shoulder while we clean our teeth at night and even sitting at the bottom of the bed, staring at me while I make my nightly visit.
Here’s the thing, I don’t know how to acknowledge him, don’t know what to say. To confront him like the unwanted intruder he is, to go in with sword raised and my roar loud, sparks fear that he might retaliate, get mad, roar louder than me and I am already bowed and fragile from living with him for too long.
He bullies us all. And I cower from him because he holds my son in his grip, stoking the fire of his darkest thoughts and whispering in his ear. To continue to ignore the monster feels easiest, but does little for my self-esteem and my confidence that I can steer this family ship through the most dangerous of waters, always with a route plotted that will keep us away from the rocks and always with a calm horizon within sight.
It is desperate. But I believe that by giving my son strength, support and love, the monster will have no choice other than to loosen it’s grip. I will win. We will win.
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