I am who I am!!

A child of God, a follower of Jesus Christ, a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and I battle depression.

I love life, adore my family, and am so grateful for God for everything in my life including my most devastating experiences with depression and for the healing and joy that is possible in spite of it!

Because of that joy I can’t help but talk about it.  I want to tell my story and encourage others to share their stories so that we may all benefit together as we travel on our healing journey.

I believe we are all on some journey towards wholeness in our bodies, souls and minds.

The difference between being WHOLE and having a HOLE in our souls and heart is simply a W.  And the W is for Worship.  The question is,

What story do you worship?

More about me…

Atlanta-based inspirational writer and speaker, Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright is originally from Jamaica. She has lived and studied worldwide, from Edinburgh, Scotland to San Juan, Puerto Rico. In her speaking engagements and writing, Wright tackles issues of faith and depression, the stigmas of mental illness and the role telling your story plays in healing. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, a BA (magna cum laude) from Princeton University in Sociology and Afro-American studies, and an MPhil in Anthropology from Cambridge University. A former college professor at NYU and Spelman College, she currently serves as the Director of  Enrollment Management at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Emory School of Medicine. She is the author of four books, Me? Depressed? A Story of Depression from Denial to Discovery, Ten Things I Wish I Knew About Depression Before It Almost Took My Life, a spiritual novel, Weeping May Endure for a Night and a book of poetry and spiritual reflections, Becoming Who I Am: Reflections on Wholeness and Embracing Our Divine Stories. To access her blog, books and Speaking Requests/Schedule, please visit www.bethsarahwright.com. She is married to the Robert C. Wright, the Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta and they are parents to 5 children: Jordan, Emmanuel, Selah, Noah and Moses-Daniel.

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7 responses »

  1. Greetings, Beth-Sarah, across the years. You may not remember me. I lived in Mountainside with Aunt C while I was doing my dissertation research in anthropology, and often visited your family in Mandeville. Your Mom just sent me the link to your blog. I’ll be one of your regulars!

    I’m so glad you’re talking about depression. It’s something so many people struggle with.

    All my best, Faith

    • Hi Faith! Of course I remember you! So good to hear from you and glad that we can communicate this way. I’m just trying to open up the lines to talk about depression. Everyday I see the value of speaking out about it. Thanks for joining the conversation. My very best, Beth

  2. Hi Dr. Wright,
    I enjoyed hearing you speak at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church today. I found it interesting that you wrote a book about your depression (I plan to read it). I wrote a book to beat depression. I feel sure my book will not help someone dealing with depression, but hopefully it will help children learn about the structure of a tree and let them have fun while doing that.
    Thanks for your inspiring message today. Peace be with you.

    • Margaret, thank you for your kind words and thank you for sharing your stories! I visited your website and read about your book and your achievements. I pray you continue to share stories Margaret! Bless you and yours!

  3. Good day and Merry Christmas to you, Dr. Wright! My dear mama just gave me your exquisite book Becoming Who I Am for Christmas, and I am determined to carry it with me for the rest of my days. I have just read it from cover to cover, and I look forward to reading it again and again for wisdom and reminding: to remember and TELL our stories, to follow God’s star, to be astonished, and to be awake and participate in God’s beautiful dream for our lives.
    Thank you, my friend, for as I have yet to meet you, I feel like you are my friend. God bless you and your beautiful family, and please come visit St. Luke’s Atlanta some time…we need you!

    With a heart full of love and gratitude,
    Carter

    • Carter my friend,

      Thank you for this beautiful note and your wonderfully kind words. I am so glad reading my book was meaningful and enjoyable to you. You words mean a lot to me. I would love to come to St. Luke’s again. I’ve been before to speak on two occasions. I hope when I do our paths will cross, if not in another place.

      With a heart too full of love and gratitude, Beth-Sarah

      • Thank you for your most thoughtful reply, Beth-Sarah, and Lord-willing, our paths will cross – at St. Luke’s or at any other extraordinary ordinary place!

        Light, love, and peace be with you,
        Carter

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