About the Book
Title: Leaving Darkness
Author: Greg Schaffer
Genre: Christian Fiction
Release date: October 31, 2018 Long-haul truck driver Lowell Ferguson is on the brink of suicide. He is haunted by the guilt of a horrible secret from his senior year of high school. Therapy and antidepressants aren’t able to lift him out of depression. At twenty-eight years old, he believes his life has dissolved into a meaningless annoyance. Only the strong bond with his lone friend—a Chihuahua named Rufus—keeps him from choosing death. But when Lowell learns Rufus may have cancer, he fears there will be no reason left to live if his beloved dog dies.While awaiting the diagnosis, he comes across a flier for a Christian support group promising hope and freedom. A skeptic and an apatheist, he nonetheless reluctantly decides to join the group. Through this joining, he finds what he has been yearning for—a path toward leaving the darkness of depression. This first step provides Lowell the courage to do what he must to escape his guilt and finally confront his past.Click here to purchase your copy.
As you can tell from the synopsis, this is a book with some pretty heavy topics, and I will say that it is probably not for everyone to read. There were parts I struggled with because it hurt my heart. But I know people who have been in similar situations, and that most likely caused some memories to surface without me even realizing it. The truth is, stuff like this happens every day, and while it is so heartbreaking to read about, if you stick with it you get a glimpse of how God can transform anyone.
Although this writing style may not have been my favorite, there were good points about the book that should not go unmentioned. There is a story of hope. Perhaps a person who is struggling in this very same way could pick up a copy of this book, and get a picture of the One who can ultimately save them. Perhaps someone who is struggling picks up this book and realizes they are not alone. You just never know, and for these reasons alone I feel it is a beneficial story to read.
As I mentioned, this book isn’t for everyone. Please know going in that there are things you will read that will break your heart. There are things that may disgust you. But there is a purpose for that – to show how broken a person may get before they realize that they need help. I was easily able to set aside personal reading preferences to see the ultimate goal of the book – to help people. I hope that you can too.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Greg Schaffer participated in a small Christian-based group ministry in 2011 and became a facilitator with the ministry to help others find their direction toward a purposeful life. His firsthand experiences of lives transformed through such healing groups led him to write Leaving Darkness, hoping the tale of transformation through God’s grace may encourage those lost in their own darkness to reach out for help. The author of two previous novels, Greg lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife and three rescue dogs.
Guest Post from Greg
As first a group participant and then a volunteer for Restore Small Groups for many years, I’ve seen firsthand the healing power of small group ministries. Many want to change but don’t know how. Leaving Darkness tells the fictional story of one lost in depression to the point of contemplating suicide who happens upon such a Christian-based ministry. Although he is reluctant at first, he gives the process a chance, and through it leaves his darkness, finds his faith, and becomes the person God meant for him to be. I was called to write this story in hope that someone with similar struggles may read Leaving Darkness and realize that there is a way out of the darkness when everything else has failed.
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