In response to the review which refers to this book as "self help" and old school, this couldn't be more false. This is a classic work based on a series of sermons from the Doctor that were given in the in the mid 1950's, and released in 1964, not the '70's. What makes it great is that unlike "self help" books labeled "Christian" that are a syncretistic mix of pop psychology, sprinkled with bible verses, this is the real deal based squarely on the bible. Martyn Lloyd Jones was truly gifted with an ability to apply scripture to everyday life. He remains one of the most gifted bible expositor's ever, long after his death in 1981. I especially love his use of Psalm 42 and David talking to and encouraging himself with God's previous care and the hope God gives him. This is very practical when Satan and even one's own unredeemed flesh (which consists of ones thought life) attempts discouragement. We need to talk to ourselves before we allow ourselves to talk to us. Sounds simple and almost humorous, but such practical wisdom. I would highly recommend this book as I do all of Jones' work. Martyn Lloyd Jones remains a treasure and I thank God for this dear man's life and his enduring ministry that still remains as relevant today as it was many decades ago.
Not one of Lloyd-Jones better works. Excellent theology but old school practicality. This book is "old school" from the 70's and you do not want this book if you are looking for a hand-up, but rather, a boot in the backside. This is an old style pull your own self up by your boot straps, get a spine of steel, and grow a certain pair of anatomy. The excellent theology aside, this is really a "self-help" book at its core. Glad I read it but would not recommend it to somebody who needed a hand-up. This book is what you would give somebody if you wanted to defer your personal involvement and let them work it out on their own.
EVERY Christian should read this...then again...then again...then again...not just for themselves, but on behalf of others, in order to understand what may be behind many Christians' suffering. No two people are alike...and because some Christians don't even know that, they are prone to give trite responses to sufferers or pull things out of their Christianese bag of cliches. Knowing how and why others suffer is so needed. THIS is my favorite book besides the bible.
In an age of "fluff" and consumerism, this work of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is outstanding. He provides insight on the issue of depression that is both faithful and consistent with God's word. Many Christians in our generation suffer without real understanding of some of the practices that can remedy their situtation. Lloyd-Jones does an excellent job with the use scripture of giving the reader the means for addressing this difficult foe. His observations and suggestions are invaluable. He writes in a manner that is both readable and engaging. I highly recommend this book to "all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus... "