The Gospel for Real Life

Depression & The Christian

This Sunday night I’m speaking on Psalm 6 and the topic of depression.  This psalm can serve as a balm, encouragement and exhortation to anyone in the throws of great sadness, depression and despair.  In preparation for this Sunday – or if you would like more materials on depression, I would encourage you with the following.

1.  Insanity and Spiritual Songs in the Soul of a Saint.  This is a biography of William Cowper, a great poet and hymn-writer who was also a friend of John Newton (the writer of “Amazing Grace”).  William Cowper dealt with depression all of his life, and this biography can help us to see God’s grace in the midst of such difficulty.

2.  Come Weary Saints CD.  This album, produced by Sovereign Grace Ministries, is geared towards helping believers focus on God’s goodness in the midst of suffering and sadness.

3.  Pilgrim’s Progress.  John Bunyan wrote this book hundreds of years ago, writing of the journey that a Christian has on his way to Heaven.  John Bunyan, one who dealt with depression for at least 8 years, writes of despair in this book.

4.  Christians Get Depressed Too.  This is a short book dealing with the complexities of depression in the Christian life.


5 responses

  1. Janet

    Have you read “Depression, A Stubborn Darkness” by Ed Welch? I have found this book very helpful in both understanding depression and walking with someone through a time of depression – it’s also very Biblical.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    • Janet, I haven’t read that, but I think I watch the “promo trailer” for the book. Just watching that was very good as Ed Welch talked about his father’s battle with depression.

      September 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

  2. I just had a conversation with a patient about this. Will you be handing out my business card as people leave the service? 😉

    September 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    • hahaha, sure! That said, I definitely do not disregard medicine in this topic.

      September 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm

  3. Enenennx

    If you feel you are suffering from depression, I suggest you consider consulting with your physician, as there are many treatment options they can direct you to, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological, that have proven efficacy.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm

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