There are eleven days until the release of my book Darkwater: A Pastor’s Memoir of Depression and Faith. I’m spending these days asking you some questions related to themes in the book. I invite you to answer in the comment section!
Friendships are really important in the story I tell in Darkwater. The narrator of the book has two close friends, Ryan and Amanda, who stand by him and keep vigil for him at various times when he needs them. These characters are actually amalgams of several friends I’ve had over the years – the things they say and do in the book really happened. I have been blessed to have a number of “Ryans” and “Amandas” in my life, people who have loved me even when I haven’t loved myself. A few who come to mind are named Steve, Eric, Pete, and Kim, though that’s by no means all of them.
Ryan grabbed a napkin and blew his nose. “Look, why don’t I take you back to your dorm,” he said. He reached into his pocket to get his wallet out. “We’ll talk about this another day. But let me tell you something: you are my friend, and I am not going to just walk out on you.” He stood up and put a few dollars on the table for a tip. “Come on, let’s go.” He walked over to the register and paid for our coffees and desserts.Darkwater, chapter 10
Who are some of the Ryans and Amandas in your life?