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Afraid of the Light

By Cynthia Ruchti


Clinical psychologist Camille Brooks isn’t put off by the lifestyle of her hoarder clients and the distress of their families. She lost her mother to the crippling anxiety disorder--so she’ll go a long way to help others avoid the same pain.

Despite Camille’s expertise, her growing audience for her Let In the Light podcast, and the recognition she’s gaining for her creative coaching methods, she’s not prepared for the pushback. A client who looks uncannily like her mom catches her off guard and raises long-dormant issues. And the revelation that Camille has her own hoarding problem sends her spinning.

With the help of a cadre of unexpected friends, an enigma of a man who refuses to be discouraged, and the God who created and loves her, can she face her fears, pull back the curtains, and let the light into her own life?

Book Takeaway:

Darkness will remain--in our homes, our families, every relationship, and in our souls--until we let in the Light.


Year Title Description
2020 PW Starred Review "Ruchti (Miles from Where We Started) delivers an insightful portrait of a wounded psychologist trying to make amends for the mother with hoarding disorder that she couldn’t save. . . . This sensitive portrayal of mental illness and its generational impact is Ruchti’s best work yet." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review 2020-05-04)

Why the author wrote this book:

I wrote this book to understand more fully the idea that we're all hoarding something. It may not be old, useless, broken items, but it may be anger or unforgiveness or hurts from the past. As I researched the complex elements of hoarding disorder and how they affect families and communities, it seemed a perfect metaphor for all of our needs to unpin the drapes and let in the Light.


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