Say hello to _Time and Despondency_! Plus, a free giveaway and schedule of all launch-week shenanigans.

Hi everyone, just a quick note from me to let you all know that the long-awaited moment is here: my book, Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life, is now available on Ancient Faith or Amazon (I recommend ordering from Ancient Faith–it helps support the publisher and the author!)

To celebrate, I’m hosting a one-week online launch party. Every day, I’ll have new activities, material, readings, or discussions related to the book. Though a lot of the events will take place on Facebook. I’ll be keeping the blog well-stocked as well. (Scroll down for a rough schedule of what you can expect and tune into this week.)

Everything will culminate in a free giveaway of two copies of my book this Friday, Jan 19. With those books, I’ll also be including a bookmark that I knit with the slipped hourglass stitch to represent the temporal themes of the book 🙂 To enter via the blog, simply comment on this post one reason you are excited to read this book and I’ll include you in the giveaway.


As for the rest of the week, here’s a rough schedule of events…

Monday: A short reading from Chapter 1: What is Despondency?

Tuesday: I’ll release an infographic that answers the same question (“What is despondency?”) in a more visual way.

Wednesday: I’ll be posting a free knitting pattern on the blog, Facebook, and Ravelry. You’ll see why this is connected to the book later 🙂

Thursday: I’ll be hosting a Facebook Live Q&A concerning time, despondency, and the book. If you have any questions you’d like me to address, feel free to comment here, Facebook, or shoot me an email. (The video will eventually be re-posted here if you aren’t on Facebook.)

Friday: I’ll announce giveaway winners and do another reading.


Stay tuned for lots of fun activities and events–and sign up for the giveaway!


  1. I’m eager to read this book, not only because I really get a lot from the podcast, but also because I have experienced despondency lately and wish to gain more wisdom of how to deal with it from an Orthodox lens.

  2. Congratulations! I am so excited to read your book. I have really enjoyed finding and following your blog — the subject really resonates with me as I have struggled lifelong with lateness, procrastination, and effectively budgeting my time, and since becoming Orthodox nearly five years ago, seeing the spiritual side of this more plainly. You have helped me also to understand despondency better. I used to think it synonymous with the spectrum of depression, discouragement, and melancholy, but now see the connection to the passions, especially sloth. I’m looking forward to seeing how you bring it all together to present in this book!

  3. Hello! I am excited for this book because I’m a student navigating deadlines and multiple jobs, and although last semester yielded good results on paper, my physical and spiritual wellbeing ultimately suffered a lot. Like other commenters have mentioned, I too struggle with time management and acknowledge it as a sin that often makes me feel like I am swimming upstream. I have listened to some of your podcasts, especially your feature on The Areopagus, and every time I hear about your time/despondency endeavors, I say “huh, that sounds relevant.” I would be truly honored to win one of the copies of your new book!!

    1. Thanks for responding and best of luck with student endeavors–I know how that goes! I should mention, by the way, that I pick winners at random–the responses are just a way to generate discussion and mark who’s entered 🙂

  4. I am excited to read this book because I am particularly interested in an Orthodox perspective of time. I am an inquirer into Orthodoxy and was recently given a tour of a church that included some discussion of chronos and kairos. I found the idea fascinating and would love to learn more.

  5. I want to read this book because the winter season always seems to bring depression and despondency to me for some reason. I get lax in my faith and my devotions and lose my way in all things. I hope that this book will help me shed this dangerous cycle and get back into my faith in a positive and energetic way. Thanks for writing this very relevant book!

  6. I am really excited to read the book, not just for me, but as a Mum of soon-to-be teenager, i think it might be required reading!

  7. This book looks amazing. I really look forward to reading. I saw the info graph you put out today and it made so much sense to me.

  8. One reason I am excited to read this book is to remember what I retained (or might have missed) when listening to the podcast episodes “over time”, including the Brandenburg (?) music and noon-day feelings 😉 and then share these ideas with others.

  9. Glory to God! Your Time Eternal podcast is one of my favorites on Ancient Faith. The way you put together Holy Scripture, music, and poetry brings a richness to your subject matter. I also think you have a wonderful speaking voice.
    There are many in my family who suffer from despondency. I am looking forward to reading your book so that I may better understand this spiritual condition and also recognize it in myself.
    May God bless you during the coming 2018 year.
    Mary Martha

  10. I’m excited for the book because this subject is relevant to me but I’ve not known what to call it or do about it – and based on your podcasts I’m looking forward to your writing!

  11. I am trying to follow our dear priest’s advice to live in the present, that is Christ’s presence. Time and Despondency seems a worthy guide for this effort. Also, I find your podcast a door to “laying aside all earthly cares” through the beauty of music and quiet meditations. Thank you, Nicole.

  12. I’ve also read the book by Bunge that you say you relied on a lot. Yours is far more accessible to the average reader 🙂

    Despondency has haunted me all my life. Reading your book and Bunge’s are seriously helpful.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! Yes, Bunge’s book is a very different kind of book, but it does flesh out Evagrius’ notes on despondency in greater detail than I do. Some of the primary sources (e.g. Praktikos and Antirrhetikos) are available in digital form as well, or at least they were through my university library. If you get a chance to read Antirrhetikos at some point, I really recommend it–particularly the translation I mentioned in the book. Happy Lent!

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