Mindy Houng’s Q&A with Margaret Lalich and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book: Overcome Depression

Author: Margaret Lalich

Genre: Non-fiction/self-help/Christian growth

Release Date: March 22, 2019

Front BLUBREAKTHROUGH SCIENCE SHINES NEW LIGHT ON HOLY SCRIPTURES. “…pulls back the curtain to clearly & simply reveal how our mind works… A fun and eye-opening book” Karl Benzio, M.D., Medical Director: Honey Lake Clinic & Lighthouse Network.

This faith-based, reader friendly guide offers more than 100 self-help strategies and recovery skills for coping with depression. Brain Science and evidence based therapeutic practices offer hands-on, practical tools for immediate use.

“Amazing book! I have read so many books on depression and this is the only one that has truly helped me.”—Wendy Freeman, California

“…an amazing book on overcoming depression… deep, and yet understandable… a very practical and encouraging book about a very dark subject.”—Bill Walden, Pastor Cornerstone Ministries, Ca.


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Mindy Houng’s Q&A with Margaret Lalich

What inspired this book?

I’ve been a people lover all of my life and a believer for my adult life.  I spent 31 years working within mental health.  I have seen the effects of Depression and I have shared a lot of hope with more than a thousand patients in teaching recovery skills classes.  I wanted to share that with my Christian family.

Rain falls on the just, and the unjust. Depression brings a rain of tears. Christians need shelter from these storms, A plea for help, whispered behind a mask, can be missed. Christians may wear a mask to shield others from discomfort, or to hide from others’ judgment.

Depression is not a sin, or a failure of faith. It’s not all in your head.  It’s a no-fault, complex illness. customized for each person who endures it. It can be survived.  There is hope.

What would you like your readers to get out of this book?

Many believers don’t realize the treasures they have been given in our divine design, or the treasures that they (themselves) are.  God wants us to use the gifts He gives. I want to help others find the gifts that are within them, and discover Hope, Power, and POWER TOOLS — to help them live their own definition of ‘success’ – to the Glory of God.

What is your favorite Bible verse or life verse?

I can’t say that I have ONE favorite verse – but lately two have strongly impressed me in working with this book:

            Psalm 34:18  “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are     crushed in spirit” (NIV)   I love this Psalm because of its loving assurance.

            1 Corinthians 1:27  “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to             shame the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame    the things that are mighty.” (NKJV)

I love this verse for three reasons:  First, I can be foolish (worrying and striving and responding to life). I am also intimately familiar with the fact of my weakness (as is anyone else who has suffered grief or depression).

Second: Since God chose the foolish and the weak,  I am CHOSEN by God.

Third:  In our foolishness and weakness, we become the perfect display for God’s Wisdom and STRENGTH as he sees us through.

What is your most well-loved and well-used house appliance?

My Coffee Pot

Describe your view as you’re sitting in your writing chair. 

To my right is a window that frames my lilac bush and the neighborhood trees.  My chair faces my computer desk and the wall behind it – upon which are two posters from Mt. Hermon, showing the beauty of that place and reminding me of the Christian Writer’s Conference and the fellowship and inspiration I have found there.

Thank you for letting us get to know you better Margaret!

About the Author

margaret lalichMargaret Lalich is a believer, a lover (family, friends and others), a relentless optimist, and a Certified Laughter Leader. Before becoming a college freshman (in her 30’s), she chose a teen marriage over graduation.  Later adventures, and mid-life corrections, led to completion of her M.S. and M.A. degrees and a 31-year career as a clinician and teacher, within mental health.

Laughter and tears are both found in experience. Tears can wash away emotional rubble, and laughter can be a ‘bungee-cord’ safety-life-line. If we fall into a pit of despair, laughter helps us rebound and boosts our climb. Margaret loves to share it.

Margaret is a mom, Grandma, and Great-Grandma who writes stories and non-fiction – highlighting experience, science, strategies, and hope. She wants to connect with readers — helping them find (and use) their gifts, and to live their own definition of ‘success’ – to the Glory of God.


More from Margaret

I have been asked WHY I wanted to write this book.  It’s because I ache for believers who suffer the pain of depression – and then add guilt, embarrassment, loss of hope, or helplessness to it. I want them to know they are heroes – not zeroes (no matter how they’re feeling). I want to share strategies, encouragement and the sheer excitement of scientific discovery that proves we have more power than we may have imagined, to help us climb out of the ‘pit’.

Yes, I am a bit of a cheerleader, and at times a clown – but I’m also a researcher and a clinician who has shared the wonder of such discoveries with more than a thousand patients. I have also been asked how long it took to finish this book. Not too long … just 31 years to learn and live it – and 3 years to research and write it.  Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1.

First Things First:  Christians and Depression

“ For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7

Church is not a museum for perfect saints — it’s a first aid station for sinners who keep trying. I can’t recall the name of the pastor, who delivered that line, but his message resonated with me then and it still does today. I want to contribute to First-Aid supplies

God says He is for us, and we are loved. We can trust, and we must believe His Word. But, it can be hard to reconcile faith with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues. If you have struggled with this – you’re not alone. Right from the start, you need to know you are loved. We’re in this together.


Doubts and fears can seed questions such as:

“What’s happening?”


“Now what?”

If you ask these questions, be assured God hears the cry of your heart. By His grace, we will explore answers together. Yes, there are answers. Yes, there is hope and help that you can use – right where you are, starting now.

…Blame is a distraction. We cast blame on ourselves with hurtful thinking when we think or say things like: “If I had enough faith this wouldn’t happen.” Or, “ I should be stronger …  blah, blah, blah.”  Don’t surrender to this way of thinking.



There has been a revolution in the study of the brain (neuroscience). We’ve started to understand brain-works, and can now answer the first of our opening questions: “What’s happening?” With today’s technology and new imaging systems we can see the brain in action as thoughts, and new learning, form physical links, creating neural patterns and pathways within the brain.

The glory of God is revealed as we discover more of His divine design, and watch new scientific findings align with the old wisdom of God’s word for mankind.  Proverbs 23:7 says: “For as he thinks in his heart, so he is.” We have learned that what we think helps to form who, and what we are. We can use this knowledge to build recovery skills.

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To celebrate her tour, Margaret is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of the book, a refreshment package, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


3 thoughts on “Mindy Houng’s Q&A with Margaret Lalich and Giveaway”

  1. This is a topic that I am very familiar with. This sounds like a great book and I can’t wait to read it.

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