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Thursday, December 10, 2015

He Delivered Even Me, He Will Deliver Even You {Book Review}



Growing up, Misti thought she had a pretty normal childhood. Right up until the sixth grade. That's when she began to notice things. Like how she was constantly aware of every blink of her eyes. How any normal physical thing could become an enemy that her brain would replay over and over again. She tried talking to her parents about it, but family dysfunction and parental control issues wouldn't let them see her problem for what it was. So she did everything she could to hide it. It would take her many more years to attach a name to her tortuous condition — Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 
But after many more years of struggling, praying, and counseling, Misti experienced the miracle she had been seeking — she was healed. 
So she's done hiding. This is her story of suffering through — and eventually being healed of — OCD, anxiety, and depression through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. This is her story of how the Lord turned her deepest struggles into her greatest blessings.
I have never read anything quite like this book.  It actually sat on my shelf for several weeks before I even ventured to crack it open.  I was afraid it would be depressing, or even stressful to read.  Honestly, I was prepared to find it trite...just another self-help book.  I was WRONG.  So wrong.  I couldn't put it down.  The author, Misti Stevenson has poured her soul into this book.  It is her personal journey of healing.  Starting with her childhood, she walks the reader through the very beginnings of her anxiety, depression and eventually her overwhelming and intense Obsessive Compulsive Disorder even at the tender age of 11.  I have no experience with mental illness of any kind but it was unnecessary...I had a window into the very heart of OCD.  
Mist's book is punctuated with incredible wisdom and insight into a private, desperate world shared by those who suffer from OCD.  Having suffered from both anxiety and depression, and I was so spiritually fed by her perceptive intuition.  Her liberal discussion of the Atonement and use of scripture is calming and reassuring.  She offers her reader peace and hope for the future.  Anyone, and everyone, would benefit from reading this book.  What a needed resource in turbulent times.
You can purchase this book both on Amazon and at Deseretbook.com.
Learn more about Misti Stevenson by visiting her on her Facebook page!

Disclaimer:  I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my very own.  Best Wishes to Misti Stevenson!  You are one inspiring lady!

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