Running for Judge is a vividly written and practical book for the 1-in-4 of us who suffer from anxiety and/or depression – to know we’re not so different and that we’re not alone.
It also serves as an accessible introduction for people in our circles of support, to understand and empathize with what we’re going through.
I’ve navigated long periods of depression in my adult life, and have multiple family members and friends who deal with depression, anxiety, and/or panic attacks. So, I read Tim Fall’s book with questions sparked by both an insider/sufferer and outsider/supporter perspective.
- What are these afflictions, and how do they manifest in our mind, body, and relationships?
- Why do we who suffer often feel the added weight of combating “impostor syndrome”?
- What should we do when we identify an episode in ourselves or others?
- What practical responses can help lessen negative impact and heighten positive possibilities?
- How do we persevere when things don’t seem to change as quickly as hoped … don’t go as deep as desired?
These are the kinds of real-world questions Tim Fall responds to in Running for Judge: Campaigning on the Trail of Despair, Deliverance, and Overwhelming Success (Resource Publications, 2020). The main time frame for Tim’s self-described “mental health memoir” is the campaign to keep his seat as a Northern California Superior Court Judge. Don’t be put off by thinking it’s about an election – although getting this rare glimpse into the world of the American judiciary is fascinating. That backdrop created a situation of amplified stress that made difficulties caused by anxiety and depression more apparent. And his unusual vocation reinforces that mental health issues can affect anyone.
Tim’s engaging style SHOWS what it looks like to be weighed down by anxiety and depression. The pacing and descriptions of his remarkable writing style had me feeling his racing-pulse angst and his emotional-ambivalence sluggishness right along with him. He is so specific in detailing physical, emotional, mental elements of this that it helped me identify episodes of intense anxiety I’ve had that I hadn’t labeled as such before. He also describes responses by family, friends, and co-workers to his experiences and to his mixed-result attempts to deal with symptoms and sources. I was taking notes or underlining sections on 90% of the pages!
Tim is vulnerable, real, helpful, and hopeful – the same as he is online in social media. That’s why I began following him on Facebook and Twitter a few years ago, and how I found out about his book. And these days, to review a book also involves checking out whether the author treats people with kindness and respect, or not. Tim does, no question. He is a role model of embodying the Golden Rule, and that makes it easy to want to read what he writes.
So, if you’re reaching out for input on mental health concerns, for yourself or to support someone you care about, you’ll find a lot of wisdom from multiple angles in this short (120 pages), easy-to-read book. And through it, may you discover deep wells of refreshing grace along your pathway forward …
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Click here for the publisher’s webpage for Running for Judge. It includes book information, purchase details for book and eBook versions, author bio, and endorsements.
Here is an earlier blog post I wrote about why I wanted to read and review Tim’s book.