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The riveting true story of a young man’s battle with mental illnessDavid Sandum appeared to have it all: a beautiful family and a promising career ahead as a business consultant. But his life started veering off course, and just before returning to his native Scandinavia, he fell into an inexplicable, deep depression. I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down is a searingly honest aThe riveting true story of a young man’s battle with mental illnessDavid Sandum appeared to have it all: a beautiful family and a promising career ahead as a business consultant. But his life started veering off course, and just before returning to his native Scandinavia, he fell into an inexplicable, deep depression. I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down is a searingly honest account of David’s struggle to overcome his crippling mental illness. After years of hopeless despair, bleak hospitalizations, and shattered dreams, he is finally saved by his art. The paintbrush becomes his lifeline.Filled with the work of the masters who have inspired him as well as samples of his own drawings and paintings, this memoir offers both a compelling read and a visual story of David’s courageous battle with depression....

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I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down: A Memoir About Depression and Discovering Art Reviews

  • Britta
    2019-04-12 20:18

    Rarely do I give 5 stars to anything but this earned it. It's not because I briefly met and spoke with this author the day his book came into print. This rating is based on his ability to put into words what it's like to struggle with depression and anxiety...to TRULY wrestle with it year after year. That black, empty hole that sucks you in where no one can really begain to understand the pain and self loathing. Anyone who suffers, or wants to understand can get a great deal out of this. The art is an added bonus, and proof that angst can create great and moving work to stir the soul.

  • Maranda Russell
    2019-04-11 19:26

    This is a truly inspiring, intimate look at one man's battle with depression, anxiety, and search for meaning in life. It is a look into the healing power of creativity and visual arts in particular. It is peppered with artistic images, both those by other artists that had some kind of bearing on the story being told, and many created by the author himself, showing his inward journey through despair in a tangible way that the reader can see and experience. Along with the artwork, I think my favorite bits were the journal entries that began each chapter. Although those bits weren't long, I felt they were often poetic and beautifully written. As someone who believes strongly in the power of art as therapy, and has struggled with my own longstanding depression, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for hope and inspiration.

  • Carolyn Pappas
    2019-04-01 21:21

    I just got done with this book and I really found it uplifting and inspiring. Even if you have never been diagnosed with a mental illness, this book makes it apparent how similar people really are underneath it all. Every chapter starts off with an excerpt from David’s journal from that particular time in his life which gives the story a unique perspective. I love that the chapters are short and sweet, making the book easy to pick up and put down. Also, David tells his story in such an easy, conversational way that it really feels like you are sitting down and having a little chat.I could really relate to David’s struggle with finding traditional corporate jobs unmanageable, and struggling with the pressure of supporting a family when he couldn’t seem to “get his act together.” After years of battling crippling depression and anxiety, David finally found his place in the world when he discovered art and it gave him an outlet and a sense of purpose. Unlike so many biographies of artists which can have sad endings, I really found it inspiring to know that today David is a successful, full time artist with a loving family.The biggest takeaways I had after reading this book are the value of maintaining strong friendships and the importance of sheer determination when facing obstacles. I really found it inspiring to see someone with so many struggles make something of his life. Also, I found it interesting to read about Scandinavia in a realistic way (i.e., not being portrayed as some kind of utopia).

  • Aud
    2019-04-23 03:27

    A lot of thoughts running through my mind. Well written book about an important topic of depression and mental illness. I know David has worked relentlessly for many years to get his words published, and I am so proud of him for not giving up! He's not a quitter, I have to hand it to him. I am also proud to be the owner of a David Sandum original painting - bought in 2005 when he needed some money to buy more paint and canvases. I enjoyed a visit to his studio in Moss with my 8-year old son back in January 2008, and David showed us some of his work. I don't consider myself creative or artistic, but my boy took a real liking to his works and has taken art classes every year in junior high and high school.It's still hard for me to understand the dark places the author's mind took him, and I had no clue it was hurtful to him when we expressed our wishes for him to get better and get back to "normal" life. I think the book mostly explains to me and the readers that it is a life-long battle - it is not something that will ever go away completely. I kind of wish the book had an epilogue or update on how he's doing now since the book ends in 2007 and it has taken him a lot of years to get it published. A lot of things have happened since 2007! I admire his wife so much - David sure picked a saint of a woman. She has really had to deal with the "in sickness and in health" part and has decided to tough it out when a lesser woman would have given up a long time ago. I enjoyed all 350 pages! Well done!

  • Susan Frybort
    2019-04-18 20:17

    Seems just about every cathedral has a crypt. The darkened chamber beneath an arching room of spacious light and glory. The place where anxiety dwells and creates its own conditions to flourish. Anxiety and depression have become a basic state of life, often a constant companion to many in this world, and all too often a counterpart to creativity. Neither depression nor anxiety like to be exposed. But perhaps that is what we should do. Open the vault and allow a ray of light into the deep, shadowy corners within. Talk openly about them. Take away their terms to thrive and proliferate. That's exactly what David Sandum has done in his stirring memoir, "I'll Run Till the Sun Goes Down". When I discovered the paintings of David Sandum several years ago, I was immediately struck by the vibrancy and life-force each brushstroke exudes, and how the rich colors of hope and resiliency uplifted my spirit. I was equally riveted by his book depicting his life story— one of depression and mental despair, his coping with his personal devils from hell and the challenges he underwent to defy them. Sandum doesn't hold back the raw and biting truth of his journey, nor does he overlook the beauty overarching all of the pain—heartbreaking beauty that also tells of the sweet promise of restoration. David renders written images about his struggle with such fierce honesty, awakening our senses and bestowing us with an understanding for the challenges others face when coping with a mental illness. There is salvation and healing to be found in art, and David shows us the way by reminding us what we are capable of overcoming, what we can bear, what we must confess, and how we can find our truest potential. He went where the heart pain led him and came out restored and valiantly alive. "I'll Run Till the Sun Goes Down" is a testament of courage, grit and patience, and a witness to power and genuine positivity.

  • Carly
    2019-04-16 20:23

    i was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from goodreads. Special thanks goes to the author who has bared his soul.Phew- I just got done reading this book. Wow.I think that this story took me on a rollercoater ride.I have people close to me that have battled depression for most of their lives. It is not an easy or fun journey to travel along this road with them. I always have tried to be a positive influence in their lives and i have tried to support and understand them. This book has certainly helped to give me an understanding. No-body chooses to be depressed.The author has laid bare his soul and i give him the utmost credit and respect. As a male, the author would have found it hard to be so honest, especially with the stigma. I think that by sharing his story, he will be helping so many others who don't have the chance to speak out.I was really impressed with the book and the artwork included. The book took me awhile to get through.I feel very honoured to have been able to read this book and i would definatly recommend this to anyone. Go ahead, give it a read.

  • Peter Hobden
    2019-04-09 02:16

    David writes with great sensitivity and candor about his difficulties getting through life and the progression of his depression revealed by his trials in "normal life".The book, despite the suffering described, is an easy flowing read. He discovered art - painting in this case - which he felt was close to his heart and thus was able to help him rise and accept his difficulties.He is active on social networks where I often interacted with him and became attracted to his paintings.David founded #TwitterArtExhibit an exhibition which is organized every year in different places around the world with donations of card sized work by artists on Twitter; the sales of these events are always in 100% favor of a charity local the town where the exhibit is organized.If you are curious about the interaction of art and depression I warmly recommend reading this book.

  • Jaime Brannon Haney
    2019-04-22 23:33

    This book kept me reading wondering what was going to happen next. It's almost hard to believe this is David's life knowing him (partly via internet). I hated for it to end. I so wanted to change so many outcomes for him, but of course it was his life. Is his life. I felt bad for him and his wife and kids. What a true love they must have for one another, it's inspiring really. I loved this book, I only wish a little more had been talked about in regards to his painting. Perhaps he'll write a follow up. I know there are things going on in his and his wife's life right now that I worry will turn him into a tail spin. It's a little hard to not think of them as characters.I love the way it was written from the heart. It shows. I love David's art and I wish only the best for David and his family.

  • Ken Powers
    2019-04-16 23:12

    The author of this book takes the reader on a brave journey through the downward spiral of depression. This honest, true story of depression and its effects on daily life and familial relationships successfully brings the reader into the author's world as events through his life unfold. It is a very hard book to put down once one begins reading it. As the author begins discovering art, he develops a mental focus that helps him cope with the everyday pain of his disease. Illustrated with many of the author's artistic works, this book will undoubtedly be a beacon of light for those in a similar circumstance.

  • Celeste
    2019-04-06 03:29

    The author's honesty and courage shine brightly throughout this brilliantly written book. He seems to use everything inside of himself to create his masterpieces, both written and painted. I love the addition of his work and the work of artworks that inspire him. The book inspires the depressed/ anxious person to keep seeking help and not to give up and provides a feeling of understanding and acceptance.

  • Brad Blackman
    2019-04-19 02:18

    A very touching and humanizing look at living with depression.

  • Julie Haigh
    2019-03-31 02:16

    An amazing memoir.This was an amazing memoir, I was captured into it right from the start. It kept me reading, I wanted to pick it up every moment I could between work-I needed to see what happened. Told in a conversational style, his voice really comes through. Dialogue is well done, descriptions are very good.This was such a beautifully presented ebook. Chapters start with a picture of one of his paintings or one by another artist he admires, and a short diary entry. David begins where he is a student. He's from Sweden and has been living in America. His finals will be over shortly. He is at Uni and working as well, and he is married with two young boys. The family have been living in the United States for the past 6 years. They planned to move back to Scandinavia. Nervous of upcoming finals, David is juggling University life with family life. There’s also the stress of moving, and not just another house, but another country. Add Christmas into the equation and it’s not surprising that he is feeling enormous pressure. All the sorts of things many of us encounter in life. David Sandum’s memoir is so well written. And it's not all depressing-he beautifully portrays normal family life, juggling college, work, moving countries. Normal, everyday happenings which end up snowballing. He seems a very likeable guy. Please don't think it's a hard read-the writing is really quite beautiful. As David says in this quote: “Where does the line cross between ordinary sadness and illness?” That’s exactly how I'd put it-how do you know the difference? I’ve read many medical memoirs but none up to now concerned with mental illnesses. It is a subject many of us don’t understand. We all go through bad times, challenging times, bereavement etc. But what makes people just tip over the edge, and not be able to cope anymore? I can totally empathise though as I had a friend who became depressed and committed suicide. He was the most happy-go-lucky person I've known. If it could happen to him, it can happen to anyone. So, at one time I might have shied away from a memoir such as this but now, it happens more than you can imagine. I also know another lady who was bubbly and out-going and suddenly lost all confidence for a year or two simply because she changed jobs. It affected her whole being and took a long time for her to get her confidence and joie de vivre back. I know just landing a particular job, or at a particular place can change everything in an instant and take so long to get everything back on track.I'm no artist, can't even draw, but I really appreciated the colour photos of Art works interspersed in the book. Most were David's own work and some of his favourites from other artists eg. Vincent van Gogh, Munch. He started painting to pour everything out onto the canvas. He also responds to music. Certain tracks have memories for him etc. It kind of felt like the book had a soundtrack, the tunes all could fit what he was feeling, and they meant something. Maybe I notice something like this more being a musician myself. I really enjoyed this aspect anyway and it definitely added to the reading experience.From the title it's one of those memoirs where I might not have rushed to buy it at first, I might ‘not have wanted to go there’. But it's a compelling read and is by no means depressing. Quick to get through, it doesn't waffle or wallow. Perfectly captures David's emotions at the time and involves the reader’s emotions.David Sandum tells of incredibly bad times a few years ago. Not only has he found Art and been able to express his feelings through that medium, he has also written this memoir of those times-and excelled at that too. A remarkable achievement. I was totally involved in this memoir. Certainly not depressing or dreary, it was an amazing memoir which held my interest all the way through.He wasn't crazy. This is just a normal family story. Mounting pressures from work, money etc., it all builds up and becomes harder and harder to deal with. It could happen to any one of us. The book is so involving and moving, and above all, beautifully written. He did it with Art-I'm a musician and when I feel sad or I've had a few bad times I go and thrash it out on the piano and pour my emotions into my performance. Had I not got my music, this memoir really makes me think, it could so easily happen to me or you or someone you know. I'm sure this book will help many to understand and to see people do get through. A book I will remember long after reading.

  • Laura Rylander
    2019-03-25 22:33

    I'll Run Till the Sun Goes Down is the very personal memoir of David Sandum, a smart young man, husband, and father, whose life plans derail as he is about to be graduated from college and begin a promising career. He describes with candor his battles with depression. David recalls the confusion and uncertainty he felt as his mental illness began to take hold. We journey with him through the struggles and the triumphs of family dynamics and friendships. He must navigate the health system- the doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other patients. We root for him during his long search for help, and for his self-acceptance and self-preservation.An artist at heart, David refers to famous painters and paintings to help describe his emotions. The beautiful images are included, in color. Later, as he realizes how important his drawing and painting are for his self-comfort, self-expression, and healing, he also includes images of his own impressive artwork. He is a gifted artist. This is a beautiful and well-written book that can be appreciated by anyone. It's about the power of art to help heal, and the capacity of the heart of a man who finds strength, love, and acceptance while working hard to live with depression. Any of us who are affected by mental illness in some way, as a patient, loved one, or health professional will likely come away enlightened.The book is weighty, in more ways than one. ;) It just feels important. The quality of the book itself supports the art photographs, but, most of all, I feel that it respects the dignity of David Sandum and his inspirational story. Peruse his website at davidsandum.com.P.S. A special thank you to David, and Sandra Jonas, his publisher, for offering your book on the Goodreads Giveaway. I am thankful to have won this gift!

  • Coleen
    2019-04-21 00:11

    This first-person true account of a depressed husband/father's years of struggle with mental illness immediately connected with me. I understood every difficult word he wrote and every feeling he had. How he managed to survive for years baffled me, and how his wife continued to support him amazed me even more. I am not an artsy person even though I have visited and enjoyed art museums all over the world. But some of David's art works impressed me with such feel-good emotions that even I was surprised. Yes, I am the first to admit that the sea scapes and the cloud/skies and the horizons, with all of their colors are what I liked best - like most people, as noted in his book. And there were some of David's art work that I know were personal to him that I would not have wanted. But I am truly in awe of his talent, not only his art, but also the beauty of his writing this book telling his story. Hence the five star rating!I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Birgitte
    2019-03-31 01:36

    Brutally honest, insightful, uplifting.Sandum writes beautifully, in what is clearly his genuine voice. The honesty with which he shares his journey touched me deeply, and I think this memoir has the potential to be more motivating than a "motivational" book could ever be. I haven't used a highlighter since college, but reading this, I found myself wishing I had a highlighter to hand every time I opened the book. This will be a book that I return to again and again.

  • Tima
    2019-03-31 01:11

    David began experiencing stress related symptoms with work. Soon he was so immersed in depression that he was unable to work or even function. After multiple hospital stays and lots of different doctors and therapists, David found that painting was his therapy. I'm not usually a fan of memoirs, but this one was very interesting. I enjoyed the authors candid honesty about not only his issues, but his triumphs as well. The writing flows well and the details are clear and help tell the story. The author shares some hard emotions, but does so without bringing the story down or make the story "depressing". I actually learned a lot about mental illness and how patients and their families deal with the issues that surround it. I would recommend this book to art enthusiasts or anyone who is dealing from mental illness.I received a copy of this book from Goodreads. All thoughts expressed are my own.

  • Lindsay Baker
    2019-04-11 23:09

    If you want to know if this book is worth reading, ask yourself if you fit into one of the categories below ...1) If you're suffering from depression, read this book. You'll learn that you're not alone, that other people feel the same way and experience many of the same problems and prejudices that you do, and that it's possible to live with it.2) If you know someone who suffers from depression, read this book. It will give you insights into depression which in turn will empower you to be more helpful and supportive towards them, and to avoid so many of the stupid things well-meaning people say or do to depressed people in the name of "trying to help", or, worse still, when you're frustrated because you don't understand them or know how to help.3) If you're a fan of David's art, read this book. It will give you a context for his art that will increase your appreciation of it.4) If none of the above applies to you, read this book anyway. If nothing else, it might give you an increased appreciation of how blessed your life is.This book is a searingly honest portrayal of one man's battle with depression, the battle also waged by those around him, the medical system, and society's reaction (or lack of it). It's not a self-help book, or a book proclaiming that art (or anything else) is a miracle cure. There's no hero's journey here followed by a happy ending, although arguably the fact that this book got written at all is a happy ending in itself. It's an extraordinary book - well written, articulate, and thankfully devoid of technical terms, self-pity or evangelism.There are some beautifully reproduced images of not just David's art, but selected pieces from other artists as well. All of them mark some milestone or relevant point in the story. There's no self-promotion here, no boasting, no sense that the author has any agenda other than to simply relate his story.The book itself is beautifully produced with nice quality paper and easy-to-read print, which is important for a book that you may very well find yourself reading more than once.In conclusion, I'd say that I hope this book finds an audience well beyond just those of us who know David for his art. I believe this book has a very positive contribution to make towards the understanding of and living with depression.PS: In case you're wondering, no, I'm not a personal friend of David. We live on opposite sides of the planet! I'm just another artist who's followed him on social media for several years and who also has had issues with depression.

  • Robert Brown
    2019-03-28 21:16

    Everyone feels sad or down in the dumps or experiences the blues every now and then, sometime deeply and over an extended period or mildly so and briefly. The normal cycle of feelings can be due to our emotional response to external circumstances, personal relationships, current anxieties, sleep deprivation, even hunger and dehydration. It’s all part of a healthy response to the many conditions that we care about and that we are affected by as humans. Depression, though, is not a form of sadness. It’s not a bad case of the blues. It’s not something you just shake off or satisfy with a Snickers bar. While it can be mild or deep, it doesn’t follow the same cycle as do healthy emotional responses to life.“I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down” is David Sandum’s inspiring memoir of dealing with the disorder of chronic depression–from onset, to diagnosis, to ongoing treatment–through the support of his family, medical professionals, friends, and art. It’s through David’s discovery and immersion in art that he finds the solace and connections that not only help him cope but also find hope and meaning in life that keeps him going.I discovered David through Twitter (@DavidSandum) and Instagram where he shares his love of art and the state of his current projects. His gouache paintings are at once brilliant and lively, passionate and sensuous, while at the same time telling us something of the weight he carries in his mind and body. When I learned about David’s book and the subject matter he deals with, I was excited to experience this other medium of David’s and also compelled to learn something about the debilitating condition first hand that I’ve witnessed in so many of my friends, some of whom eventually came to heart breaking ends.Like his paintings, this is a brilliant story, but one that needed to be told and understood by us all. Mental health issues are like those of physical health, but often ones we don’t treat with the same level of compassion and understanding. Although the book comes to a natural close, dealing with this disease is an ongoing story for David. Until we can cure this disease, we also need to recognize and understand that story for others who are afflicted by it, too. “I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down” is an important contribution to that understanding.

  • Julia
    2019-03-30 03:28

    David Sandum is so brave for sharing his journey that will help many people struggling with depression. I've known him for several years through the online arts community. He's an incredibly talented painter and printmaker, and the tireless creator and organizer of #twitterartexhibit (the art organization that auctions original art to benefit a different worthy cause each year.) He is as deeply caring as he is creative.As if that's not more than enough creative endeavors for one person, he's also a writer! This is his first book, and it's a memoir about how he came to finally embrace his creative side and harness depression's power to become a healing force as he channels it into painting and printmaking.He's a husband and a father, and he shares how he balances these privileged responsibilities with creating art. Each role takes time to nurture, and the challenge is doing each of them well. Most married creatives blessed with children also struggle with figuring out how to balance the important priorities in life, and I really enjoyed seeing through his book how he struck his own balance.“Too much change will ruin my peace, and too little change will take away life’s excitement. This endless struggle is what’s at the heart of who I am.” This quote from David's diary illuminates a universal truth. I'll Run Till the Sun Goes Down features excerpts from his diaries from years ago at the beginning of each chapter. I found it so insightful and interesting to get a glimpse into what he was thinking and feeling at different times of his life through snippets of his quoted diary excerpts.I may break down and buy a Kindle at some point, but for now, I’ll stick with my paper books. As per my usual book-reading habit, I fold the page down and underline a passage that resonates particularly with me. The volume of dog-earred pages and underlined passages found when I finished reading this book speaks for itself.His honest sharing of his journey with depression through this book will help and encourage so many people. It was a fascinating book to read, and I’m so glad to see him continuing to flourish in everything he does.

  • Dpringle
    2019-04-17 23:29

    I purchased my book during an autographed pre-sale, so I didn't purchase here.David is inspiring in many ways. Following him on twitter shows you his day-to-day struggles and victories. His art depicts the depth of his emotions and self-awareness. He isn't afraid to show you his good and bad. It is the self-awareness that makes this memoir as strong as it is. Unlike other autobiographies or memoirs, this one doesn't focus on only the good times in his life. David shares notes from his personal journal with the most intimate of thoughts. The book itself is well thought-out and streamlined in a way to easily feel like you are sitting down having dinner with him as he tells you his life story.David leads you through the course of his life. His struggles with fitting in to 'normal' society and the stress it can put on someone with a mental illness (or physical disability for that matter) bring you to a place where it is easy to feel what it is like. As a fellow artist and someone who struggles with mental illness, I felt like this was the closest and clearest depictions of our struggle I've ever read. Because of his honesty, I am more inclined to be more of an advocate for those with a mental illness. There is a stigma that follows it and I believe this book will help others who don't understand the depth of despair and the struggle to live with a mental illness.I'm strongly recommending my friends and family read this book; not just because it is a worthy read, but because it will help them understand me and the artists' mind much more clearly.David's bluntness and honesty lead you to feel as you know him as a friend and not just an author touting his successes. His struggles that he depicted in this book show you his humanity and humility. Read it for the chance to open your eyes and your mind to the struggle that many people suffer daily, but also for the dynamic of how his strong need to express himself has made him the incredible artist that he is today.

  • Keri
    2019-04-18 01:24

    I'll Run Till the Sun Goes Down is a very deep and moving book by David Sandum, whom has suffered for years with depression and suffered even longer trying to publish this book. After reading this book in its entirety, I was amazed that someone could share such a personal and deep story and do it so openly. Reading this makes the reader realize they aren't alone. Many people suffer from depression, panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD, and so much more. By reading this it comforts the heart and soul of those who do suffer and it helps the ones who don't understand them more. In my own opinion we all suffer from some sort of mental illness, its just some do so more than others. This book will help anyone who reads it, as it truly puts the suffering into perspective and helps with giving some tips on dealing with those who do, or even yourself. This isn't a usual self-help book, it doesn't claim to work miracles. It does however open your mind and it does shed light on this subject. I would like to also add that the art work this author included is beautiful. From the bottom of my heart, I personally appreciate his willingness to put it all out there to help others.

  • Annie Campbell
    2019-04-03 19:22

    I finished David Sandum's remarkable memoir last night. I was in the middle of reading another book when his book arrived. I thought I would just read a paragraph or two and then go back to my other book. NOPE, I was immediately drawn in, and couldn't put it down. His story is raw, honest, heartbreaking, and yet uplifting. Not only is David Sandum's writing exceptional, his paintings are too. This book is a must read for anyone, but people who work with individuals who have a mental illness, or people who wish to understand and support relatives or friends who deal with mental illness of any kind, need to read I'll Run Till The Sun Goes Down. I loved this book, and I love what I know about David Sandum from his book - it is a great gift to all of us.

  • Karolina (Kala) Karmaza - https://twitter.com/kala_bennu
    2019-04-05 20:38

    Sophisticated, honest and deeply moving success story of one of the most prolific painters of the 21rst century, that breaks through stereotypes about mental illness. The author is not only perceiving the subject matter from intensely personal perspective of an every day battle with depression, but also lets us see the broad pallet of nuances about his in depth understanding of his own perception and creative process. It is heartbreaking, but in the same time heartwarming story, generous with references to other great artists, music and films. But what is most important, it is a book about humanity in its truest colors...READ IT.

  • Keith Behr
    2019-04-11 02:36

    Harrowing, intense, poignant and, above all, sincere are the best words I can use to describe David's beautifully told memoir. Admittedly, it is difficult to read at certain points. Any empathetic person will definitely have to put the book down to catch their breath from time to time. But, if you have the courage to see it through until the end you will, without a doubt, come out of the experience cheering hard for the author and feel differently about your own struggles. His art is stunning and personal and his writing is no less on pare. Kudos David for your courage and perseverance!

  • Harriet Klarin
    2019-04-01 22:38

    A very honest, moving memoir by David Sandum. The author writes openly about his depression and his difficulties to succeed in the Cold business world. Finally he discovers art and a new World opens up to him, a world that helps him cope with his illness and turn it into creativity. I could not put the book down once I started Reading it.

  • Dan Miller
    2019-04-15 02:34

    I know David Sandum as an artist working in oils but on the pages of this book, he paints a vivid self-portrait with words. It’s an inspiring story about a man battling his inner demons and discovering the awesome healing power of art.

  • Isa
    2019-03-29 22:15

    This was an interesting book to read. It really surprised me. I had no idea what to expect and the story line kinda took me by surprise. Overall, I really enjoyed reading it. It is, however, a heavy book with a dark story about depression.

  • Maria
    2019-04-21 20:33

    Engaging and compellingA great inside look at life with depression, I find it very relatable to use art as a self healing process.

  • Connie
    2019-04-04 03:38

    FTC Disclosure: I received this book free from Goodreads hoping I would review it

  • Juliette Bingum
    2019-04-08 03:31

    This is an amazing memoir. It's truly uplifting and inspiring.