The Long Night

Readings and Stories to Help You through Depression

The Long Night

Readings and Stories to Help You through Depression

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When you're in the midst of terrible depression, the days and weeks can feel like an eternity. This book is for those who are in the long night of depression. It does not promise healing or deliverance; it is not a guide to praying away the depression. It is simply an attempt to sit next to you in the dark while you wait for the light to emerge.

Drawing on the wisdom of spiritual figures from the past and present--including Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Barbara Brown Taylor, Bunmi Laditan, and many others--The Long Night is a comforting and inspirational companion for anyone in the midst of depression. Writer, editor, and minister Jessica Kantrowitz has been where you are. As a mentor and friend, she will walk with you on this journey toward life and light.


"The Long Night will bring hope to the hurting and comfort to the weary. It's a book I'll keep by my bedside forever."

Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Untamed and Love Warrior; founder of Together Rising

"Please read this book. It will help you heal wounds and remind you that you aren't alone. Jessica Kantrowitz has given us a very precious gift--may we accept the invitation to receive it."

Kaitlin Curtice, author of Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places and Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God

"To me, the only thing more ridiculous than tragedy is when someone offers a suffering soul a book to pacify their pain. But now I will be that someone. Because Kantrowitz isn't offering a book here. She is offering herself."

Matt Bays, author of Finding God in the Ruins

"In The Long Night, Jessica Kantrowitz has found a way to embody the compassionate presence of a friend, providing balm and hope for each of us resolving to take one more step toward the dawn."

Emmy Kegler, author of One Coin Found

"The Long Night taps into the power of human resilience, the power of feeling unalone, the power of removing the stigma around mental health. It is my greatest hope that the world will embrace this as a beloved companion for life's heartaches."

Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and certified special education teacher

"The Long Night offers a theology of beautifully inclusive acceptance and a sense of community that is its own gift of healing. I am grateful this book exists in our world."

Joy Jordan-Lake, Ph.D., author of A Tangled Mercy; Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous; and other books


"Highly recommended for readers seeking spiritual, mindful approaches to depression, with clear, simple coping strategies."
—Library Journal

Product Info

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506456645
  • eBook ISBN 9781506456652
  • Dimensions 5.25 x 7.25
  • Pages 200
  • Publication Date May 19, 2020