I recently finished reading Leaving Cloud 9, a spectacular book about a man’s journey from his devastating upbringing into mental illness and finally through the darkness and into a life of joy. The story was written by his wife, who interviewed him and others thoroughly, and I initially wondered how she could possibly write about such sensitive subject matter objectively… but after reading it, I have to say that Ericka Andersen did an excellent job simply conveying the story and not interjecting with her own opinions or imaginings.
Rick grew up with a mother who was a mentally ill addict and then spent his adult life battling PTSD and bipolar disorder. He spent a lot of time looking for love in all the wrong places but finally found himself embracing God and finding healing in a family of his own.
Although the subject matter is exceptionally heavy, I was able to get through it even while dealing with heavy sadness of my own both because the writing was captivating and because I knew from the prologue there was going to be a happy ending.
This book actually came to me at a truly perfect time, when I am thinking so much about how little we know about the lives and inner workings of everyone around us. It was quite eye-opening to see just a glimpse at the horror so many people experience in some form or another and this book made me think, encouraged me, and inspired me.
I do think the subject matter might be considered disturbing or too heavy, so if you’re ultra-sensitive or this story hits too close to home you might want to wait until you’re ready or skip it altogether… but if not, it’s definitely a worthwhile read.
Have you read Leaving Cloud 9?
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