In 'From Gloom to Glory', Womack pours hope, faith and light into some of the darkest valleys we'll ever walk through. Using his own testimony, with suicide and depression as a reference point, the author structures the book into three parts: daily reminders that lift our spirits, a beacon call to not give up, and a positive note that brightens the gloomy clouds that sometimes hover over life. With 50 poems each centered on the theme of hope and faith against the odds, this is a book of inspiration that speaks to the soul of the reader, and a perfect gift for yourself or someone you love who is dealing with darkness or passing through a valley experience. God turns gloom into glory.
"This accessible book of poems is a great read for anyone struggling with depression or feelings of despair. It offers powerful encouragement and hope through God’s truth and is written by a guy who understands the struggle first hand. Reading this is like having a good friend speak hope and truth into your life when you’re too spent to muster the strength on your own. Reviving to the soul".
- Jessie Mattis, Author of Power Up
"This collection of free verses contains so many keys to restoration and hope. The author has experienced deep depression and misery. He understands what so many people cope with daily. He offers Christ as the true beacon of life. He offers encouragement for dealing with daily discouragements, promising that God's desire is to restore the lost.
Especially rich is the poem called "A Better Me," because God used the rough patches in his life to turn him around. If you struggle with depression and bad life choices, these short pieces will be a blessing. If you know someone who's lost, poet Michael Lee Womack offers so much support and the "God of the Turnaround." Highly recommended".
- Joy Neal Kidney, Author of Leora's Letters: The Story of Love and Loss for an Iowa Family During World War II and Leora's Dexter Stories: The Scarcity Years of the Great Depression
As soldiers who have just returned from war, we fight a separate war daily in an attempt to leave the war behind. Many soldiers, just like myself, come home from war only to fight a separate internal battle, with debilitating illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. It was important for me to share my story not only for myself but for those who have fought, for those who have fallen, and for those who continue to wage war in order for the United States of America to continue to remain free. The price of freedom is not free.
War is chaos, and many soldiers bear the scars from it for the rest of our lives.
"The poems in this book took me beyond my surface level knowledge of what a soldier goes through and opened my eyes to the grim realities, sacrifice, and hope involved in the high calling of a soldier. At times these poems were reminiscent of the Psalms--raw and despairing, but wrapped in hope. Definitely recommend this quick, eye-opening read to anyone craving a deeper view inside the mind of a soldier!".
- Jessie Mattis, Author of Power Up"
"Trauma happens in moments (strung together) and yet lives on in wounds, in scars, and in memories. We go through the motions of daily life while our minds are fighting trauma's aftermath. In this book Michael has painted a portrait of the war he fights every day. I live with CPTSD and its lingering damage from chronic childhood abuse.. and I connected with something in every poem in this book. His descriptions of what soldiers endure is raw and often hard to read, but so powerful and insightful. Michael's poems are well crafted, heartfelt, and painful. He shares the atrocities of war in a unique way while interlacing hope throughout the pages".
- Enola Ton, Author of The Pain of Reality and the Reality of Pain"