Navigating the Blues
Where to Turn When Worry, Anxiety, or Depression Steals Your Hope
by Katara Washington Patton
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Pub Date 03 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 05 May 2023
"How I wish I'd had Navigating the Blues when I was in the grip of depression. Katara Patton has been there. And she has grappled with the well-meaning but mistaken counsel of fellow believers who were certain that if her faith were strong enough, she would prevail. Full of faith, compassion, understanding and deep wisdom, these devotions offer comfort, insight and practical, simple tools to help us move toward wholeness, step by step." —Michelle Rapkin, author, former executive editor for Hatchette Book Group and founding editor of Crossing Book Club
"Often believers struggle with accepting their negative emotions because they believe that it contradicts their faith. However, Navigating the Blues provides space for God’s children to be vulnerable without shame or fear as they find comfort for their pain knowing that God hears the cries of His children and will rescue us amid our storms. This book will not only invite you to face those things you have intentionally avoided because of public judgment or self-guilt but it will also invite you to trust the journey as you begin to heal and experience God’s gift of abundant life." —Jasclyn N. Coney, MA Clinical Psychology, MDiv
"Katara Washington Patton has crafted a collection of meditations that touch the existential crisis we face as people of faith. How do we navigate the blues internally and the blues we face externally in our nation? Ms. Patton answers the question with spiritual depth, biblical wisdom, and theological insight. We all as human beings made in God’s image will the face the blues; the question for people of faith will always be, can we find the gospel chords among life’s blue notes? This book gives us a road map to handling the blue notes and reclaiming our gospel shout!" —Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ & Professor of Homiletics, Macafee School of Theology
"Navigating the Blues is a welcome resource for Christians who experience depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges during difficult times. Patton . . . offers encouragement to face the blues with self-compassion, honesty, and faith. The devotional offers practical and relatable strategies that support healing. Patton shares wisdom from her own lived experiences with depression and employs prayer, affirmation, and action to steer readers through common, but isolating occurrences of depression." —Kesha S. Burch, PhD, LCPC, Core faculty and staff therapist, The Family Institute at Northwestern University
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Washington - Patton is one of my favorite Christian authors. Our Father is a Waymaker God is the ultimate Navigator, even when a situation seems impossible. The devotions written in this book are for the worrier at heart and touch on topics like relationships and health. One of my favorite things about this devotional is the author talks about anxiety, depression and even grief but ties those emotions to Biblical stories. God will make a way, and He thrives on the impossible.
The devotions will take probably around 5 minutes to read, after the devotion completion there is a section called "My Confession" this is where you get a guided short sentence of reflection, afterwards you have "Progress, Not Perfection" this area is for personal reflection and prayer. I absolutely loved this book so much I shared it with a co-worker who purchased a copy.
Navigating the Blues was a really good devotional and in exchange for my honest and thoughtful review I received an Advanced Readers copy via Netgalley.
The book that I need. Navigating Blues is a light that guides me on how to navigate depression. It is an easy-to-follow devotional and has so many helpful insights. It starts with a verse, then a personal sharing of the author's experience, followed by insight and things that can be done to deal with depression. Progress, not perfection is now included in my vocabulary. Life is beautiful despite things. Thank you Katara Washington Patton, Our Daily Bread Publishing, and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book. I understand that I am to give my honest opinion.
Navigating the Blues is a genuinely helpful devotional by Katara Washington Patton. Instead of saying as so many do, “You should just trust Jesus, and all will be well,” this devotional gives encouragement and wisdom to those days when you need to navigate the blues. Using Biblical examples and wisdom from the Word that will help, giving hope.
The short burst of insightful readings is a common format to Our Daily Bread, taking around five minutes or so to read. However, much is given to ponder on during the day. I especially liked the response question and the sections titled “My Confession” and "Progress, Not Perfection”.
This book does not have any judgmental or flippant words but helpful thoughts, and suggestions along with Biblical guidance. I would recommend this devotional to any and all but especially to those who struggle with depressing times in their lives.
The publisher through Net Galley provided a digital ARC. I have voluntarily decided to read and review, giving my personal opinions and thoughts.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC digital copy. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.
Before I read the digital copy, the author reached out and mailed me a paperback!
4 out of 5 stars and my respect to the author for sharing her work.
I really enjoyed reading Navigating the Blues by Katara Washington Patton. This 90 day devotional is written by someone who is actually knows what is like to struggle with depression and be in the throws of it, but at the same time trust God with it come what may. Each devotion has a Bible Verse, a corresponding thought/story, a confession, an activity, and a prayer. I like honesty and revelation that is in each devotion. Navigating the Blues really ministered to me and came along at the right time during one of my dark periods. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book. My review is also on Goodreads.