Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman's Journey with Depression and Faith

Written by:
Monica A. Coleman
Narrated by:
Machelle Williams

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2022
9 hours 30 minutes
Overcome with mental anguish, Monica A. Coleman's great-grandfather had his two young sons pull the chair out from beneath him when he hanged himself. That noose remained tied to a rafter in the shed, where it hung above the heads of his eight children who played there for years to come.

As it had for generations before her, a heaviness hung over Monica throughout her young life. As an adult, this rising star in the academy saw career successes often fueled by the modulated highs of undiagnosed Bipolar II Disorder, as she hid deep depression that even her doctors skimmed past in disbelief. Serendipitous encounters with Black intellectuals like Henry Louis Gates Jr., Angela Davis, and Renita Weems were countered by long nights of stark loneliness. Only as Coleman began to face her illness was she able to live honestly and faithfully in the world. And in the process, she discovered a new and liberating vision of God.

Written in crackling prose, Monica's spiritual autobiography examines her long dance with trauma, depression, and the threat of death in light of the legacies of slavery, war, sharecropping, poverty, and alcoholism that masked her family history of mental illness for generations.
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Awesome book!! What a courageous woman to share her inspiring, thoughtful life with us. I love this book for the comfort, education and poetry I get from a spiritual, in The Word, struggling spunky, and real in so many ways woman!!!! This book is definitely for those who are at war with this debilitating, humbling, scary darkness called depression. Anyone close to this Illness in any form should read Monica’s words. You will not regret.

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A TERRIFIC book, and a beautiful reading. Trigger warning for rape and abuse could be helpful, as these are a large focus in the book. Overall, terrific writing, honest and authentic, beautiful and inspiring story.

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