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Spirit and Dust


An insightful and consoling collection of meditations for women who live with chronic depression.

Meditations for Women with Depression
192 pages

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Does depression affect women more often and more severely than men? Author Maura Hanrahan, who has suffered from serious depression for many years, would never say that. What she would, and does, say in Spirit & Dust is that depression affects women in different ways and from different causes and with different effects. She offers this beautiful book of meditations for women who suffer from long-term or chronic depression.

Each short meditation deals with one aspect depression, including how many women are programmed toward depression and how a partner, parent or support group can help (or hinder) a woman in dealing with her depression. The book offers no easy cures, yet it is hopeful and helpful. Each meditation is accompanied by a quote or verse from a woman spiritual writer, many of them mystics and some of them sufferers from depression themselves.

In the introuction, Maura Hanrahan writes:

The wisdom of Christian women mystics has been a real palliative for me in dealing with my depression… Many of these women lived with illness, including depression. On a daily basis, they were part of societies and a church that saw them as second class — not as good as men, the descendants of Adam’s rib and Eve’s sin, if you like. At times they lost sight of God and felt deserted by God. Other times they were almost over-powered by the love of God. Their problems were ours; their lives were ours. In their words there is much wisdom, love, and healing. Spending time with them has helped me close some of my wounds, slowly but surely. Sit with the women mystics awhile. There, I hope you will find some solace and respite.

Women quoted include:

  • Anna Akhmatova
  • Ann Griffiths
  • Catherine of Siena
  • Georgina Rossetti
  • Edwina Gateley
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • Julian of Norwich
  • Mechtild of Magdeburg
  • Teresa of Avila
  • Teresa of Los Andes
  • Thérèse of Lisieux


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