Light in the Wilderness

This blog is intended to be a light in the wilderness of the world—a light for anyone who feels lost, discouraged, depressed, or even suicidal.

My name is Seth Adam Smith. I’m a husband, a father, an author, and a blogger who frequently struggles with depression. Some time ago, I learned that the best way for me to fight my depression is to think of life as a journey—or a pilgrimage—through the wilderness of the world.

Light In the Wilderness

A pilgrimage is a journey with a spiritual purpose. Every life has a purpose—a good purpose. Even so, life is still a difficult and challenging journey. I believe it was designed that way. Life isn’t about comfort, it’s about progress.

But we can’t progress if there’s no light. Depression and suicidal thoughts are like darkness—they make it hard to see or feel hope.

We need more light in the wilderness of the world.

It is my hope that the content you find here will be a “light in the wilderness” for you; that these messages (blog posts, videos, podcasts, etc.) will inspire you and encourage you to move forward in faith.

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About Me

Seth Adam Smith

Seth Adam Smith is my given name. I always write my full name because of a promise given to me when I was young. Every time I write and publish something new, I am reminded of that promise and it keeps me moving forward.

Moving forward is a major theme of this blog because when I was twenty years old, I tried to take my life. Since then, I’ve learned some valuable, life-changing lessons about how to handle my depression and move forward. I’ve also worked on a number of projects on suicide prevention.

In 2013, I published an article called “Marriage Isn’t For You.” The article went viral. It was viewed over 40 million times, translated into over 20 languages, and published as a beautiful gift book.

My book, Your Life Isn’t For You, details some of the lessons I learned before and after my suicide attempt. The response I’ve received from this book has been amazing and it’s currently being translated into Bulgarian, Czech, Romanian, and Russian. My first fiction book, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern, is now available. Click on this link to see a full list of my published books.

Every other week, I publish The Northern Lights, an email newsletter dedicated to sharing “the Northern Lights of Life,” inspirational material from around the web. Click here to sign up for the newsletter.

If you would like to contact me about any of these things or if you have any other questions or comments please click here.