Jim and I met at the recommendation of my niece, Aimee Sparrow Hadas. Jim’s book, Make It to Midnight: Learning to Live When You Want to Die, had been published in early 2018 by Christian Faith publishing and he needed to spread the word about his incredibly powerful––and much needed message.
So Jim became one of my “Building the Buzz” clients.
Jim’s book, Make It to Midnight: Learning to Live When You Want to Die,” is a deeply personal account of his journey from the threshold of death-by his own hand-to becoming “medication free and happier than he ever has been.” Once labeled “treatment resistant” by his doctors who he had been seeing for a slew of mental health issues – bipolar disorder II, major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, malaise, ADHD and suicidal ideation – Jim turned to God and his education and experience to develop a set of tools and protocols to combat his situation.
Here is a summary of Make It to Midnight:
“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
“Don’t worry.” Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? In Matthew 6:34, Jesus is encouraging Christians to live in the present. It has been said that depression is pain from the past, and anxiety is pain from the future. In order to live a happy life, we must learn to live in the present. Learning to live this way-the way Jesus prescribes-requires a change in our thinking. In order for this to happen, an understanding of the inner working of our brains is required.
The human brain is comprised of two components-a thinking brain and a feeling brain. Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and a host of other mental disorders can be traced back to a conflict between the thinking brain and the feeling brain. Make it to Midnight illustrates that each of us has two sides to our psyche that are often in conflict. Through his research, Jim Denning discovered that we not only have two components to our psyche, we actually have two brains. Jim’s goal for this book is to explain the anatomy of that conflict and provide its readers with the tools necessary to achieve a better quality of life and, ultimately, inner peace.”
A former senior information technology professional, member of Mensa, and a technical trainer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, today, Jim has taken his heartfelt desire to help others to a new level and is a licensed professional counselor and pastor.
Our work together is just beginning, so watch for more about Jim and Make It to Midnight. And if you know of someone who is suffering from depression, ADHD, or more, buy the book––and perhaps better yet, reach out to Jim.
His website is https://www.makeittomidnight.org/home