POWERFUL! An inspiring
illumination of depression.”
The Second Chasm is a story that belongs to the twenty million people in the United States alone who suffer from depression. Six years after an emotionally devastating divorce, the author read The Cracker Factory and learned that the symptoms she had experienced were classical among those who are clinically depressed. This knowledge brought her healing and self-understanding. Just five years after reading the book, her second husband was killed in an accident, and soon after, she descended into a second chasm of depression.
Perhaps the most compelling feature of The Second Chasm is that it was written by an average person who experiences grief not unlike that of so many others. It is not a story of the greatest tragedy or the most difficult challenge; rather, it is the story of a common tragedy and an all-too familiar challenge. It is unique because it bridges two of the most common losses faced in this world: divorce and widowhood. The two separate chasms that resulted not from grief, but from depression, were born of the same illness. The recoveries offer a message of hope, as she describes the journey from despair to healing.

The Second Chasm
A Soul’s Troubled Journey from Despair to Healing
by Karen V. Kibler

ISBN: 978-1-932279-31-3
124 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5
$15.00 Trade Paperback
Pub Date: January 2009



Karen Kibler was raised in a small farming community in Iowa. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Iowa in 1977, and soon after relocated to Arizona. She received a Ph.D. in 1997 from Arizona State University where she is now an Assistant Research Professor and the university Biosafety Manager. The focus of her current research is HIV vaccines and treatments. Prior to her career in science she held several positions in business, from receptionist to owner, though her resume also includes skills such as welding and heavy equipment operation.

Writing has been a long-time passion of hers; however, until the completion of The Second Chasm, her audience was restricted to family and college class professors.


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