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Devout: A Memoir of Doubt

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Devout: A Memoir of Doubt

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“This moving memoir is always attuned to the possibilities of community and spiritual sustenance, even as it refuses to efface the struggles at its core—believing that this struggle, too, can be a thing of beauty.” —Leslie Jamison, author of The Recovering

In this revelatory memoir, Anna Gazmarian tells the story of how her evangelical upbringing in North Carolina failed to help her understand the mental health diagnosis she received, and the work she had to do to find proper medical treatment while also maintaining her faith.

When Anna is diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, she’s faced with a conundrum: while the diagnosis provides clarity about her manic and depressive episodes, she must confront the stigma that her evangelical community attaches to her condition. Over the course of ten years, we follow Anna on her journey to reframe her understanding of mental health to expand the limits of what her religious practice can offer.

In Devout: A Memoir of Doubt, Anna shows that pursuing our emotional health and our spiritual well-being is one single mission and, in both cases, an act of faith.

Anna Gazmarian holds an MFA in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her essays have been published in The Rumpus, LongreadsThe Sun, and The Guardian. Anna works for The Sun Magazine and lives with her family in Durham, North Carolina.

ISBN: 9781668004036

ISBN-10: 9781668004036

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 03/12/2024 - 12:00am

On Sale: 03/12/2024 - 12:00am

Pages: 192

Language: English

Categories

Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

Religion / Faith

Biography & Autobiography / People with Disabilities