A Letter to Readers of 'Out of the Dark'

As I state in the 'acknowledgements' at the beginning of 'Out of the Dark', I have been blessed with a rich and eventful life. Some of these events have been painful and difficult, others magnificent almost beyond description. The writing of this book has been a remarkable story in its own right, and has taken me from America to England and Zimbabwe, and back again. Sometimes, looking back and immersing myself in it all again was almost more than I could bear. I wondered whether I should just let it all go, and move on with my life. But this thought did not last long, for my story is one of victory – not so much my own, but rather of those who did not give up on me, even when I was on the verge of giving up on myself.

Among the most fulfilling experiences of my life have been the letters I have received from readers of 'Out of the Dark', saying that my book has encouraged them not to give up. This is why it was written. Whatever the individual reason for it, depression can be devastating – not only for the people suffering from it, but also for those who love them. I was blessed to be surrounded by people who cared for me, and did not give up on me.

I want to encourage those who are struggling from depression, to continue to seek their healing, and those who love them, never to give up.

I pray for all of you, constantly. I may not know who you are, but God does – and He also knows, and can meet, your deepest needs. Hold on to His promises at all times, and seek His will, guidance, strength, and healing in every area of your life.

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