Hey everybody. Many of you know that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and that I feel strongly about helping people of any religious community better understand mental illness. This Saturday 10/16 at 11am MDT, I’ll be speaking at the 11th Anniversary of Fresh Fire at the RCCG House of His Glory on mental illness and Christianity. Tune in! It’ll also be available on Facebook Live and RCCG’s YouTube Channel. Please support decreasing the stigma of mental illness and help others understand that HAVING A MENTAL ILLNESS DOES NOT COME FROM A LACK OF FAITH OR POOR WILL POWER! It is important to know that God loves ALL OF US, whether we struggle with emotional issues or not. Hope you tune in!
It’s interesting to see the life that your book takes on. Each one is different, and you can’t always predict how things will turn out. (Or so I’m told; after all, this is only my first book.)
My book Fallible: a memoir of a young physician’s struggle with mental illness, can be hard to read given it’s subject matter. While book sales are overall up during the COVID-19 quarantine, Fallible hasn’t sold much because it’s tough to read about such hard things when we are going through difficult times. People tend to want more comfort at such times.
There is also the matter of critical “acclaim” versus actual readers. I have received some very positive reviews from prominent outlets. Sometimes it makes me think that Fallible is more important of a book than enjoyable as a book, which shouldn’t surprise me too much. It’s a critical topic that we continue to talk about, but that doesn’t always lead to sales. That being said, I think it’s one that we all need to read. Of COURSE I would say that as the author, but the topic is so timely and needed that we all should have a greater awareness of it. I feel very strongly about that. It is well worth your time. If you don’t think so, check out some of the reader reviews (in addition to the professional reviews linked to above).
And as always, order Fallible now and spread the good word!