Finding Joy in My Messy Life: How I’m Surviving My Husband’s Struggles With Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts
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When Carole Leathem’s husband, Bill, first began the battle with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts, little did she know her years of rejection and identity issues would come to a head. After all, when you’re the wife of a senior pastor, there are certain expectations that come with it, and imperfection and mental illness are not among them. The pain, uncertainty, and rejection were nearly unbearable at times, but whenever Carole surrendered to God, he showed up time and time again.
Through beautiful storytelling and raw transparency, Carole chronicles her journey of overcoming abuse, addiction, and chaos that had plagued her family for generations, along with the new adventure of caring for a spouse who struggles with mental illness. Full of heartache, hope, and new beginnings, Finding Joy in My Messy Life shows how to experience joy no matter your circumstances. Carole’s story testifies that God is a personal God, who loves our imperfect selves perfectly and without conditions and sees our trials as gifts. Life may be messy, but as Carole reveals, the joy of Christ can still reign.
Carole Leathem’s world came crashing down when her husband’s anxiety and depression escalated to suicidal levels in 2016. While her husband, Bill—a pastor at the time—began receiving treatment, Carole began her own journey of managing the effects of his illness. Carole wrote Finding Joy in My Messy Life: How I’m Surviving My Husband’s Journey with Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts to share stories of her life and the revelations God has given her to help her live with joy despite the chaos. With her husband’s blessing to share of his mental struggles, Carole chronicles her journey of living with his illness and provides biblical coping skills and practical tools, tips, and resources to help others who are experiencing similar struggles.