Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet  -     By: Barbara C. Crafton
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Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet

John Wiley & Sons / 2009 / Hardcover

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Drawing from personal experiences and those of hundreds of others, Episcopal priest Barbara Cawthorne Crafton explores what it means for a person of faith to suffer from depression. All too often religious people face unique challenges when depression sets in. Some may wonder, "Where are the joys and comforts of faith and the power of prayer? How can I trust God? My depression is a sign that I have disappointed God!" Jesus Wept shows how faith can be helpful and comforting to those suffering from depression. Clearing away ill-advised teaching Crafton offers hope, and shares wisdom for dealing with the "dark night of the soul."

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: John Wiley & Sons
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0470371951
ISBN-13: 9780470371954
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In the first book to discuss depression from a faith perspective, Barbara Crafton expertly weaves personal stories and helpful resources to explore depression as it is affected (for both better and worse) by Christian faith. She contends that it is harder for people of faith to come to terms with depression since they may attribute its causes to something they have done, rather than to its true root in physiology and genetics. This is a book people will want to buy for themselves and give loved ones who are suffering from depression and wondering where God is during their pain and suffering.

Barbara C. Crafton (Metuchen, NJ) is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and author. She is the founder and head of the Geranium Farm (geraniumfarm.org), an online institute for the promotion of spiritual growth.

Author Bio

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and author. She is the founder and head of the Geranium Farm, www.geraniumfarm.org, an online institute for the promotion of spiritual growth, which publishes The Almost-Daily eMo from the Geranium Farm, read by thousands of people worldwide.

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Beyond all the vision quests, Scripture explanations, and spiritual exhortations, there are certain regions of human experience that are so painful, so difficult, that even religious writers touch on them rarely and with reluctance. This season, two brave books take a frank look at depression and forgiveness. Crafton, an Episcopal priest and founder of The Geranium Farm (www.geraniumfarm.org), approaches the subject of depression with astonishing candor and courage. Coming to terms with her own experience of this illness, she acknowledges depression's fundamental intractability—its meaninglessness and dullness. While she wisely dispels the Christian fear of suicide ("There's more than enough hell to go around, right here on earth"), she also rejects easy solutions. Love may not be the answer, but it minimizes the worst of the illness.
 –Library Journal (March 2009) Starred Review

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    The author eloquently captures what it means to experience depression as a follower of Christ. I read the book within two days, and will likely read it again to remind myself I am not alone, and can be free of guilt.
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