The journey to the release of my debut CD and book, Crying Out, has been one of extremes. I have been taken to the pinnacle of the mountain and thrown into the darkest valleys. I have experienced great joy and great pain. I have found moments of great inner strength and moments of great inner weakness. I have been caught up in heaven-on-earth and cast down into the very pits of hell. Within these extremes I have found peace and comfort in my faith in Jesus Christ. Crying Out chronicles my spiritual journey through the mental illness called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
It is my hope that bearing my soul to the world will help those who suffer with the pain of mental illness to be encouraged and to continue to fight the disease that seeks to consume them. It is also my desire that those who are struggling with any type of problem will place their trust and find strength in Jesus Christ. Finally, it is my dream that my openess will increase funding for research that will lead to the cure for OCD and other mental illness.
In closing, I don't have all the answers to dealing with mental illness. I still struggle each and everyday to keep my disease from consuming me. However, I do hope that Crying Out will offer hope and comfort to those who struggle with OCD and mental illness. To all my fellow sufferers...don't give up, don't give in, and don't ever feel like you are all alone...Jesus Christ is always there.