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