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240 pages
Feb 2007
Howard Books

Laughing in the Dark

by Chonda Pierce

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Chonda Pierce is an internationally known comedian, but there was nothing funny about the depression that threatened to destroy her career, her family, and her life. In Laughing in the Dark, she candidly details her ups and downs as she exposes a part of her life that many celebrities – especially Christian celebrities – would choose to keep hidden. The result is a book that gives honest insight into an ailment that remains a mystery to most people, while providing hope and encouragement to those who are fighting depression themselves or know a friend or relative who is battling it.

Pierce begins by recounting the incident which manifested the first warning signs of trouble. While enjoying a spa pampering session with some friends, she felt a sharp pain in her chest. The next morning she had more sharp pains and was having trouble breathing, so her friends took her to a hospital. From that point she went through the processes of trying to diagnose her problem, therapies, medications, and counseling sessions that would aid in her recovery. Her depression affected every aspect of her life, including developing a fear of doing what she excelled at – performing on stage. But through professional help, a supportive network of friends and family, and God’s sustaining grace, her book concludes with her triumphant return to her stage ministry.

Pierce uses her comedic skills to interject just enough humor throughout the book to help the reader keep a grin even through the darker portions of the story. Each chapter also concludes with some practical advice and information on depression from a psychotherapist. Pierce’s inspiring story will undoubtedly provide her with much material as she continues brightening peoples’ lives. – Jeff Friend, Christian Book

Ed. note – For more information on dealing with depression from a biblical perspective, see Will Medicine Stop the Pain? by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dr. Laura Hendrickson.

Book Jacket:

A Kind Friend to Walk with You...

For many, depression is associated with shame and humiliation -- even a lack of faith. But in this refreshingly honest and oh-so-very-real revelation of one woman's journey through depression, you'll hear the voice of a kind friend. And in her words you'll find hope and renewed confidence that will guide you through your own darkness and into the light.

  • If you are currently suffering from depression -- this book will help you realize you're not alone.
  • If you have a loved one dealing with depression -- this book will help you understand.
  • If you are a mental-health professional -- you now have a new tool to encourage your clients.

Along with the humor, Chonda shares practical insight, biblical teaching, emotional support, and sympathetic concern. Whether you've experienced depression in your own life or in the life of someone you love, this friend has something to offer you: help, hope and, believe it or not, plenty of laughter.