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It looked like Ann Keiffer had it all but there were signs that Ann was in trouble. She had begun a harrowing descent into the black abyss of clinical depression. Ann writes with gripping candor of her depression, and equally powerfully of her healing process. Blest by the Dark Angel is a celebration of the capacity of the human spirit not just to survive emotional and physical pain, but to be transformed by suffering., It looked like Ann Keiffer had it all: an exciting career in a prestigious advertising agency, an adoring husband, a teenage son who kept her laughing, and a circle of close friends. But there were signs that Ann was in trouble. Her son was prophetic when he made a plaque for her with three chiseled words: work, work, work. A short time later, Ann realized something was terribly wrong. She had begun a harrowing descent into the black abyss of clinical depression. Ann writes with gripping candor of her depression, and equally powerfully of her healing process. Is it possible our wounds may sometimes be our healing, that transforming possibilities may be hidden in the darkest passages of our lives? Blest by the Dark Angel is a celebration of the capacity of the human spirit not just to survive emotional and physical pain, but to be transformed by suffering., What happens when depression slams into you and your charmed life like a death-star meteor, blasting a smoking hole in the earth beneath your feet, dropping you into darkness and isolation, covering you over, leaving you for dead? How is it possible that this, the worst thing that ever happened to you, becomes the very thing that saves you? In Blest by the Dark Angel Ann Keiffer writes powerfully about what it is like to live through a clinical depression. She turns her depression inside-out, so we can see how it was made. But Ann's most extraordinary gift is her ability to integrate her experience and write of it so evocatively that her insights, breakthroughs, and transformative healing are accessible to her readers, too. A Spirit-filled, tough, inspiring, gripping, enlightening, beautiful, altogether hopeful and loving memoir., What happens when depressions slams into you and your charmed life like a death-star meteor, blasting a smoking hole in the earth beneath your feet, dropping you into darkness and isolation, covering you over? How is it possible that this, the worst thing that ever happened to you becomes the very thing that saves you. What is spiritual healing? In Blest By the Dark Angel Ann Keiffer writes powerfully about what it is like to live through a clinical depression. The author was enjoying a successful career and adoring family, when she found herself in an abyss of melancholy. She turns her depression inside out, so we can see how it was made. But Ann's most extraordinary gift is her ability to integrate her experience and write of it so evocatively that her insights breakthroughs and transformative healing are accessible to her readers, too. Keiffer captures the mood and climate not only of her depression, but also of her healing process in this spirit-filled, tough, gripping, inspiring, beautiful, altogether loving memoir.REVIEWS This memoir chronicles the story of one woman's courageous battle with depression and how, rather than destroying her life, the crippling disease ended up improving it. Keiffer (Word-Temple Person, 2007, etc.) seemed to have it all. She held an enviable position at a prestigious advertising agency; she had a husband who loved her; and she had a well-behaved, lovable teenage son and a slew of loyal friends. It was hard to fathom, then, why she began slipping into a deep depression, which left her feeling not only incapacitated and weak, but also suicidal. Keiffer's battle with depression began when she started feeling extreme pressure to succeed at a fast-paced ad agency in San Francisco. As her main priority shifted to doing better and better at work, she began to notice that she felt odd, "like a visitor from another planet"--lethargic, disinterested in food and no longer able to find enjoyment. She also had an inexplicable rash on her body. Eventually, Keiffer realized she had reached a place where she was no longer able to function, and she took leave from her job, going from her own bedroom to a hospital to a supportive friend's home to try to recuperate. Keiffer's book chronicles her excruciating journey, from the fall into depression through the climb out of it. As she explains in her introduction, "I will take you down into the abyss of my depression with the truest words I can find. And I will leave nothing out--not the chaos of the fall, the deadening despair, nor the love that was a candle in my darkness." Keiffer focuses much of her story on the pulls of feminine and masculine instincts inside of her (labeling these instincts "Valentine" and "Duke," respectively), and she explains how this conflict exacerbated her depression. Her book offers not only a brutally honest account of what it feels like to deal with depression, but also the hopeful and optimistic story of overcoming it. A candid memoir about the toll depression can take on body, mind and spirit, offering hope for sufferers and their loved ones.Kirkus

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