25 September 2012

The Black Dog by Reverend John R. Dolan, Book review

Publisher: Signalman Publishing 
ISBN-13: 978-1935991588


This book describes one man's life experiences as he struggled with anxiety and depression. The book describes the mental, physical but most importantly the power of the Holy Spirit that eventually enabled John to develop resilience, and thus led him into the sunlight of a full and meaningful life. 

Anxiety and depression have always been taboo in society. Frequently, the subjects cannot be touched with a "ten-foot pole", let alone be a subject for family discussion. Depression is seen as neither worthy of compassion nor understanding. For the author of this book, a familiar record plays. "Young man, depressed? Nonsense; you have everything you need; just buck up and face the world the way we all have to." 

The message in this book is one of hope and of love, but most of all it demonstrates what is possible when you place your life, unconditionally, in the hands of Jesus Christ.

My thoughts:

For many Christians and non Christians alike, being victorious is typically overcoming  an addiction such as alcohol, drugs or even pornography for i.e.
In his latest book 'The Black DogRev. John R. Dolan bares his soul as he personally recount his own battle with depression and most important his ultimate victory over this mental illness. It is important to know that just as insidious as any other disease, such illness permeates family life, career, self image and even faith.

Describing his own bouts with depression or the Black Dog, British born author John R. Dolan graphically describes his lifelong battle with this problem which too many still consider taboo. Compassion or understanding is often non existing for those who struggle sometime all their lives, with this debilitating condition. But it is a real threat and as the author tells us, even loved ones are often affected by these issues. 

Through his own experience Reverend John R. Dolan provides readers with tremendous insight into the mind of the depressed, identifying how and why their reasoning is so affected by mere events and circumstances.
Readers will feel the author's faith throughout his ordeal, his unmistakable love for Jesus and his love for a wonderful family who stood by him. He credits their loving support as well as those of friends and his family pastor for this victory!

Well written, easily understood and abundantly illustrated, you will discover one man's journey through a very real world of depression and like him, experience hope and love when you place your life in the hands of your Saviour! It bespoke of courage from someone who has gone through it before you!

Absolutely a must read for anyone who is suffering from depression and their loved ones. The message is clearly there: It is okay to feel such, you are not alone and there is help out there!

A great discussion opener and an excellent addition to any personal or social (church) library! If you feel in any way uncomfortable with this issue or have experienced this real threat, please read this book!

5 Stars!

About the Author:

'The Reverend John Dolan was born in Oxford, England, and was raised close to the ancient Cathedral in Llandaff, Wales. John has lived and worked in the United States for 40 years. 
John is a British Chartered Accountant (CPA) and is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church,USA. This unlikely combination and his having lived in two very distinct cultures has given John the opportunity to discern his spiritual journey from differing perspectives'.

John has written two books: 'The Mushroom Farm, also illustrated by Paul J. Engel and 'The Black Dog'.

For more information please visit website (here)

I received this book free from BOOKCRASH courtesy of the Author as part of their blogger review program.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.


  1. Noelle, this is a great review of a wonderful book. Thank you so much for your eloquent words.

  2. Much obliged for your kind words! It is precisely because of the growing amount of PTSD victims that I felt called to review this book.
    Too many of military (and civilian) families suffers along their loved ones and PTSD should be recognized and treated like any other illness.
    Armed Forces all over the world are giving the ultimate sacrifice: their lives for our Freedom. Let's stand by them!!
    God speed!

  3. Hi Noelle,

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. Your book sounds interesting, but quite emotional too.

    I still have both vanity sets (the brown one and the pink one). I think it costs a lot sending it to the us thought!!

    Have a lovely day!

    Madelief x


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