Christians Get Depressed Too   -     By: David Murray
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Christians Get Depressed Too

Reformation Heritage Books / 2010 / Paperback

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Many Christians mistakenly believe that true Christians don't get depressed, and this misconception heaps additional guilt and pain onto those who are suffering. Author David P. Murrary comes to the defense of depressed Christians and explains why and how Christians should study depression, and the approaches caregivers, pastors and churches can take to help those in emotional distress.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Reformation Heritage Books
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 1601781008
ISBN-13: 9781601781000
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  1. Paul D
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 2, 2013
    Paul D
    Very helpful to a lay person to deal with depression.
  2. Wick
    Tianjin, China
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    More People Should Read This Book
    January 1, 2013
    Wick
    Tianjin, China
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Although I have never suffered from depression, like you, I interact with people who are or have been depressed. Since that is the case, I felt reading a short biblically-based book (128 pages) about depression was something I should do. Christians Get Depressed Too is written by Dr. Murray, an Old Testament and theology professor at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. I have greatly benefited from Dr. Murray's HeadHeartHand blog as well as his resources, How Sermons Work and God's Technology, and now I can add Christians Get Depressed Too to that list. Christians Get Depressed Too is organized in the following manner:

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    Chapter 1: The Crisis

    Chapter 2: The Complexity

    Chapter 3: The Condition

    Chapter 4: The Causes

    Chapter 5: The Cures

    Chapter 6: The Caregivers

    Appendix: On the Sufficiency of Scripture: Salvation, Sanctification, and Spectacles

    Dr. Murray provides a very compassionate view of depression. We must understand that people from all walks of life can and do suffer from depression and at varying degrees. Everyone's mental, physical, or spiritual state must be examined carefully. This includes Christians. Dr. Murray may not be a doctor or psychologist, but the contents of this book are supported by those who are. Dr. Murray has had to communicate with a countless number of depressed people, and he offers practical advice and encouragement. If you are wanting books about depression that are more in depth, the last chapter contains a list of recommendations. If you are depressed, prone to depression, or know of someone that suffers from depression, I believe Dr. Murray's book can provide you some useful information and perhaps a level of comfort.

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
  3. Joan
    Waterville, ME
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Five stars are not enough!
    November 22, 2011
    Joan
    Waterville, ME
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was hospitalized with severe depression and contemplating suicide when this book was given to me. It turned me around, and because of this book I can be here today, having returned to church and my Bible study group. Praise God!
  4. Molly
    Clayton, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Expected but not what I wanted
    October 18, 2011
    Molly
    Clayton, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
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    Having been trained in Nouthetic Counseling, I came away thinking that this writer had obviously had a very bad experience. For those suffering from depression that is feelings oriented & has not been proven by medical testing to be a physical issue (not some theory devised by psychiatry) this book offers no hope of ever living victorious. The mixture of Bible with todays modern Psychiatry to come up with "Biblical Counseling" puts God and His Word as being subjective to the widom of man. Having suffered depression myself, I know that the Word of God is our only true hope for healing. If you want to know what God desires from you and how he can transform your life from depression to joy, this is not the book.
  5. Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent, helpful and succinct resource
    July 26, 2011
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Today's Church has been beset with numerous challenges. Few have been so distressing as the problem of depression. Good people are weighed down with their own depression or perplexed about that of friends and family members. In some sectors of the Church, this is complicated by a stigma associated with depression. Sin ultimately causes depression, it is assumed. And the conclusion follows that good Christians don't get depressed.

    To counter these notions about depression, David P. Murray has written an incredibly helpful book entitled, "Christians Get Depressed Too". Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, has encountered depression in ministry and personal contexts enough to be both well versed on the topic and sensitive to the need for sound resources. The book he has written is intentionally short: since "depressed people cannot read hundreds of pages." (pg. xi). It serves as a resource for caregivers as well as a source of hope for the depressed who consciously decide they want to get better.

    Murray explains what depression is and what it signifies. He counters the approach which assumes as a default that behind most bouts of depression lie hidden sin problems. The picture is much more complex than that, he claims. He exposes the faulty thinking patterns which often contribute to depression, and finds examples of such thinking, and even the depression which results, in the lives of people in Scripture. In defense of the physiological nature of much of depression, Murray appeals to Puritans such as Richard Baxter.

    On the role of medicine, Murray finds two unhelpful extremes: too much dependence on medicine, and the aversion of any use of it at all. Along these lines, he says:

    "Treating a depressed person with medication is often no different from giving my eight-year-old daughter one of her many daily injections of insulin for diabetes. I am not merely alleviating symptoms, but addressing the cause-depleted insulin due to dying or dead cells in her pancreas. And if she is lethargic, weepy, or irrational due to low sugar levels, I do not ask her what commandments she has broken or what "issues of meaning and relationship" she has in her life. I pity her, weep for her, and thank God for His gracious provision of medicine for her." (pg. 64-65).

    This is not to say, Murray merely refers Christians suffering from depression to their local psychiatrist. Rather, he offers an abundance of help from the Scriptures on how to correct thinking patterns and learn to receive even depression as a gift from God's very hand. He points to a little remembered passage where Scripture says, "God left" Hezekiah, "that he might know all that was in his heart" (2 Chron. 32:31). Murray elaborates:

    "This is not an objective leaving, but a subjective leaving. God withdrew Himself from Hezekiah's spiritual feelings so that he lost his sense of God's presence, protection, and favor_ But God had a wise and loving purpose in this_. Sometimes_ [God] may wisely, temporarily, and proportionately withdraw the sense of His favor and presence to remind us of our state without Him and to lead us to greater thankfulness and appreciation for Him. He may do this_ by lovingly afflicting our brain, disrupting it's chemistry and electricity, just as He does when He lovingly afflicts one of His dear children with epilepsy, or any other disease." (pg. 65).

    This small book of 120 or so small-sized pages, will prove an immense help to both caregivers and those suffering from depression. It is a primer on depression and in it, Murray offers a careful list of recommended resources, for those looking to continue their study of this topic. The book's attractive cover, and handy, almost "pocket" size, make it an ideal book to giveaway to friends dealing with this issue. I've already loaned or given out copies of this inexpensive book, and plan on using this as a resource for years to come.
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