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When everything in her life finally came to a stop, she found that she had to learn to be―with herself and with God―all over again.
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Learning to Be

Finding Your Center After the Bottom Falls Out

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It felt as though every nerve in my body was popping. Imagine large strong hands slowly applying pressure while breaking a family-size package of uncooked, dry spaghetti. I was the spaghetti. Breaking down one piece at a time.

This is how Juanita Rasmus begins the wise, frank, and witty account of what she later called “The Crash” and what her counselor labeled “a major depressive episode.” In addition to exhaustion and depression, on the spiritual front she experienced a dark night of the soul.

When everything in her life finally came to a stop, she found that she had to learn to be—with herself and with God—all over again. Pastor Juanita writes from her life with kind attention to the life of the reader. She offers both practical and spiritual insights but never pat answers. If you are longing for a trustworthy companion through dark days, this book is here for you.

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Praise for Learning to Be

Learning to Be is the book many of us have been waiting for. Juanita’s transparency and authenticity come through on every page. This is a book that not only gives you the tools for learning to be, but also learning to heal and thrive. You will cry, laugh, and appreciate the value of learning to love yourself fully and embrace the love of God deeply. More than once I found myself reading and saying, ‘Yes that's me too. Thank you for letting me know I'm not alone, thank you for using your own story and the lessons learned to offer the rest of us a roadmap.’ In Learning to Be you will be affirmed on the journey to be authentically you, whole and healed.”
Romal Tune, author of Love Is an Inside Job: Getting Vulnerable with God

“Every perfectionist should read this book, every Southern ‘good girl,’ every person who has ever felt empty. ‘The reality is, many of us stand in a circle with stones in hand all too often,’ says Pastor Rasmus. Then she convinces us, her readers, to set down our stones.”
Andrea White, novelist and civic leader

“Juanita and I have been friends for many years. I admire her preaching and teaching gifts, and value her generous contribution as a member of our Renovaré ministry team. Juanita describes herself as a type A personality. This is indeed true ... although triple A might be a little more accurate description! Her ‘crash,’ as she describes her major depressive episode, was exactly that in every sense―physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. I say all this to underscore for you the importance of Learning to Be. This is a book of genuine substance dealing with the most heart-wrenching needs of the human soul. Learning to Be is an essential resource for every person seeking to navigate life in contemporary culture. I recommend it highly.”
Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and Sanctuary of the Soul

“Carl Rodgers wrote, ‘That which is most personal is most universal.’ Learning to Be by Juanita Rasmus is a book of autobiographical vulnerability about her ‘crash’ with a depressive mood disorder. In her candid reflection she creates a psycho/spiritual worldview that is a resource for us all. This is a must-read for all who seek to find a faith that is both practical and functional, a non-sentimental spirituality.”
J. Pittman McGehee, Episcopal priest and author of The Paradox of Love

About the Author

Juanita Rasmus is a pastor, Spiritual Director, and contemplative with a passion for seeing people transform into being their best selves in our world. Juanita co-leads the St. John’s Church in Downtown Houston with her husband, Rudy.

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