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The Battle Against Yourself – Book Review

The Battle Against Yourself The Battle Against Yourself is a gripping real-life story from Greg J. Vogt. In Vogt’s debut novel, a memoir, he takes us from despair to hope, from sadness to happiness. He tells us of his battle with depression and attempts at suicide. It started in high school; with what many might overlook as typical teen angst. Yet, if we were to peel away at the layers of the onion, so to speak, we would see that Greg’s depression, at its root, stemmed from an internal feeling of lack of control, coupled with external factors/occurrences that sent him “off the deep-end.” Greg Vogt artfully articulates his internal loneliness, his low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness, brought on by those eternal factors that exasperated his situation.

Rather Than Battle Against Yourself, Take Control

I found Vogt’s story extremely compelling, authentic and well written. He doesn’t sugar-coat the harshness of reality; nor does he gloss over trivialities. His story is down-to-earth, and uplifting at the same time. The subtitle of the book says it all: Take Control, or Be Your Own Worst Enemy. His advice is spot-on for anyone suffering from depression. In this story, Greg shows us how he took control of his own life by:

  • the decisions he made to give himself a better life (use of the virtue of Prudence)
  • fighting the temptations to take his own life (use of the virtue of Temperance)
  • taking ownership for past mistakes, by making a personal vow to be a better person (use of the virtue of Justice)
  • showing great strength to overcome his depression for want of a better life (use of the virtue of Fortitude)

What I found most interesting in reading this book, is that faith and God did not play a pivotal role in the telling of Greg’s story. Yet, as I turned the pages of this book, I could see God present at every major turn in Greg’s life. As Greg struggles to overcome and manage his depression, I could see God carrying him. As Greg finds his way, I could see God showering him with His Grace, by bringing the right people into his life; by making things happen to help Greg fulfill his desires.

Why You Should Read The Battle Against Yourself

If you know of someone who suffers from depression, and possibly exhibits thoughts of suicide, then this book is a “must purchase” for you. Perhaps you want to learn more about what it is like to suffer from depression and to find your way. If so, then I think you would enjoy reading this book.

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