Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope by John Saunders

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Read Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope Online Free - In Playing Hurt, a leading figure in the sports world—the quintessential “man's man,” who seems to have it all—confesses his constant battle with depression and how it nearly cost him his life. John Saunders—stellar athlete and respected sportscaster—welcomes readers into the heart of his desperate struggle against depression: from insights into the illness's root causes to the nature of modern treatments, from both a medical and cultural perspective. His story unfolds as so many of our lives do—among family, friends, and colleagues—but it also peers into places we don't often discuss openly—psych wards and hospitals. Here is the honest story of a public figure facing his own mental illness head on, and emerging far better off for his effort.

Title : Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope
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ISBN : 0306824736
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 328 pages


Lance rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

This is not a typical memoir of a sports figure. In the very beginning, John Saunders talks about his thoughts of suicide by describing a trip across New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River. From there, he opens up about the demons that he lived with while battling depression through...

Eric rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2017

Depression does not discriminate, people do. John Saunders was great at hiding in plain sight. I read this book and feel like there's this whole story that lays under the public sports celebrity that we know, this story of the battle against depression. We didn't know, how could we know, that th...

Kim. E. rated it ★★★★★

October 30, 2017

When I picked this book up at the library based on a recommendation from here, I knew there would be parts that would touch what I call my past world. What I didn't expect was to find someone who understood some of my health issues so well, or that I would cry. John Saunders was a well beloved ESP...

Reid rated it ★★★★☆

January 10, 2018

What a sad, harrowing story

Claire rated it ★★★★★

November 21, 2017

It might be strange that a book about abuse and mental illness (which I have not experienced) made me think so deeply about my own life, but it did. It also made me think about those around me who might suffer from either of the above and what they might need from me. This book. A must read. I wi...

Susi rated it ★★★★★

November 03, 2017

I’m so grateful to John Saunders for bravely sharing his story... For anyone who suffers or knows someone who suffers from an “invisible illness.” While the focus of the book is John’s lifelong battle with depression, many of the life lessons he shares are applicable to us all. He tells his story...

Sarah rated it ★★★★★

July 06, 2017

Mental health issues are becoming less taboo in our culture and it is great to see people opening up about the real struggle with depression that is often underlying people that are successful in their chosen profession. In addition to mental health, this book also covers Saunders' early years in...

Caleb rated it ★★★★★

October 02, 2017

This book was quite impactful. How many people struggle with depression, 'playing hurt' through life? This book was a sacrifice of privacy on behalf of John and his family in order to truly help readers. I will close with this quote from President Obama: "We wouldn't accept it if only 40 percent...

Ben rated it ★★★★★

September 24, 2017

As I watched ESPN for many years, John Saunders always seemed in command. Whether he was hosting Sports Reporters, anchoring studio coverage, or in the play-by-play booth, he appeared smooth, confident, and in control. That appearance of control makes Saunders' story of abuse, depression, and con...

Mike rated it ★★★★★

September 25, 2017

Loved it. I wasn't aware of what Saunders dealt with in his life. This book was very enlightening. As a sports fan, the stuff about ESPN was interesting, but the details about his battle with depression were what kept me reading. Anyone with someone close who fights with depression should definit...

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