Saturday, November 17, 2012

Living in the Light by Lacey A. West (Spotlight)

               Depression and Anxiety have become an epidemic, affecting millions world-wide.  Christian individuals are no exception.  Living in the Light provides techniques to conquer feelings related to discouragement, anxiety, low self-esteem, or any other inadequacy.   The book reveals the powerful combination of cognitive therapy mixed with gospel principles.  It inspires one to rise above the darkness of this world by introducing analogies pertaining to the symbolic nature of light and dark.
               Although Satan is attacking people with his evil tool of discouragement, we can be prepared to fight back.  Living in the Light will help you regain your life, your peace, and your happiness.  Walk away from the dark...and into the light. 

Lacey West

Lacey West, a wife, mother, and registered nurse, was born and raised in Delta, Utah.  She graduated with honors from Southern Utah University with a bachelor degree in Nursing.  

Motivated by a desire to conquer her own depression, she spent years researching mental health.  She enjoys writing, spending time with family, playing the violin, creating healthy recipes, photography, sewing, and fishing.  She resides with her husband and two children in Wichita, Kansas.


               It appears to me that sunlight directly impacts our mood through a series of physiological processes.  Our modern day is such that we don't need to spend much time outdoors.  We have the convenience of electricity and most of our occupations are indoors.  Children are inside playing video games more and are outside playing less.  I think information regarding vitamin D and sunlight is Heavenly Father's symbolic way of saying, "We need light!"

               If you are not already fascinated by the sun, read the following quote regarding its cleansing power.  "In the nineteenth century, the invention of the microscope allowed people to view live bacteria...the microscope facilitated viewing of sunlight's physical effects on microorganisms.  Direct sunlight inhibits the growth of microorganisms in test tubes, and after several hours of exposure, the bacteria disappeared completely." (Laura L. Smith, PhD, and Charles H. Elliott, PhD, Seasonal Affective Disorder for Dummies (Indianapolis, Indiana: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2007), 28.)

               The cleansing sun even whitens your clothes when you hang them outside on a line to dry.  The sun whitens our clothes, and "The Son" whitens our lives.  He helps our scarlet sins to be as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).  Again, to be healthy and happy we need both the sun and the Son.

               "And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness.  that which is of God is light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.  And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you" (D&C 50:23-25, emphasis added).  If God is light, then the healing power of sunshine most definitely typifies God's healing power.

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  1. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo


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