Imagine living a life unrecognizable to you . . . not knowing the reasons for your anger, your crippling depression, your self-destructive inner voice. Author Greg J. Vogt was one of those people. A gifted and athletic kid, he was battling depression and inner demons while navigating adolescence and early adulthood. The Battle Against Yourself depicts how he found a way to lead himself from rock bottom to soulful fulfillment by looking inward and identifying the enemy of his prosperity: himself.
Vogt’s story poignantly reveals the plight of young America and explores the heartbreaking struggles and tragic brushes with death that can define one’s search for a meaningful life.
It offers invaluable lessons for anyone who has ever felt lost, confused, or estranged from their inner peace. Vogt shows us there is always a way out of despair. A way around sadness. A way through the seemingly impossible. Your happiness is up to you. The Battle Against Yourself will help you discover your potential and build the rewarding life you’ve always wanted.
The Battle Against Yourself is a gripping real-life story from Greg J. Vogt. In Vogt’s debut novel, a memoir, he takes us from despair to hope, from sadness to happiness. He tells us of his battle with depression and attempts at suicide. It started in high school; with what many might overlook as typical teen angst. Yet, if we were to peel away at the layers of the onion, so to speak, we would see that Greg’s depression, at its root, stemmed from an internal feeling of lack of control, coupled with external factors/occurrences that sent him “off the deep-end.” Greg Vogt artfully articulates his internal loneliness, his low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness, brought on by those eternal factors that exasperated his situation.
I found Vogt’s story extremely compelling, authentic and well written. He doesn’t sugar-coat the harshness of reality; nor does he gloss over trivialities. His story is down-to-earth, and uplifting at the same time. The subtitle of the book says it all: Take Control, or Be Your Own Worst Enemy. His advice is spot-on for anyone suffering from depression. In this story, Greg shows us how he took control of his own life... See the rest on Virginia Lieto's website.
Greg did a great job before, during, and after Province Council in all aspects of his work; planning, contracting, speaking, engaging, and follow up afterwards. Very relatable content and message to our audience. I would rate his content and performance an "A," well received and organized.
"Great book; though a very heart-wrenching and motivating story. "The Battle Against Yourself" is very refreshing read and is full of adventure - there are times of triumph and happiness, and then there are times of sadness and tears. Vogt's story is eloquently written into different stages of his life and the segments are relatable to adolescents and those "tough, questioning" years of one's life - the teenage years, arguably the most challenging and critical time of a person's life. You will want to keep reading and reading; I found it difficult to put the book down. In fact, I finished the book it in a three-day-sitting. I highly recommend this book to anyone - whether a teen or young adolescent, or a grown adult, especially if you associate or are raising young adults / adolescents; if you feel you need "self-help" or "self-love", feel others around you that do, or not, this book encapsulates raw human emotion, and to me, there is nothing in the world more fundamental and beautiful than human emotion and thought - Vogt's story does just that and then some. Read this book and have your perspective thought of differently and really learn to realize that our world and our life does exist beyond our own shadow."
"Excellent book. This book was out of my wheel house as I tend to stay within the sports genre, however as soon as I picked it up I was glued to it from beginning to end. It is an incredibly story about a young man's journey through his teenage years and the trials and tribulations that we all face during those formative years. Greg captured it perfectly in this book and shows how anyone can come out of those troubled times and become a stronger person in every way. I loved this book and think it is a great read for teenagers and adults alike."
"This book artfully and meticulously describes what it's like to deal with depression, sadness, and sorrow growing up into adulthood. While reading, I could feel the passion, and emotion from Greg in each event of his life. He genuinely cared about his friends, and family, to the point where he stopped caring about himself. I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with a mental illness, or anyone nervous or on edge about the transition period from High School to College. Not only will you relate with Greg, but he outlines how he became an overall better person, and steps you can take to lead a better life."
Greg contacted the president of our group and offered to give a presentation for our support group members of the Torrance - South Bay chapter of DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance). We held a special event that opened with Greg sharing his background, why he wrote the book, and his process for writing and publishing it. Our group especially valued his tips based on the lessons he learned. He followed his presentation with a Q&A session and book signing. He was confident, approachable, sincere, and caring. He created a flyer for us so that we could publicize the event. When we ordered and reordered books leading up to the event, he personally delivered them to us both times. He was easy to work with, flexible, and made himself available to discuss ideas as we planned for the event. He followed through on everything we discussed and he even helped us move furniture to transform the room for his presentation. Organizers and attendees agreed it was a positive and successful event.
I hosted the event and was ‘in’ the audience but was not ‘the’ audience that Greg was addressing. From my perspective Greg was professional, confident and did an excellent job of addressing each of the audiences for the two speeches he gave. He did excellent at holding the attention of the students. The students are a tough crowd with limited attention spans and some attitude. While telling his story, because it related to the students, he had their undivided attention. The message was very good for both audiences who primarily were interested in his experience as adolescent and how it affected him; what worked and what didn’t. The overall experience for both parents and students was very positive.
"An excellent read not bogged down with unnecessary flourishes. This is a candid look into mental health and how it can affect everyday people. Greg Vogt's honest and insightful writing style on the topic leaves the reader feeling both enlightened and inspired. I reveled at the opportunity of this quick look into the struggles of a normal man's life and not only how depression could affect someone but also how someone can overcome it. Truly an inspirational story and I can't wait to see what's next for this young author."