Beauty in the Browns: Walking with Christ in the Darkness of Depression
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Beauty in the Browns: Walking with Christ in the Darkness of Depression  -     By: Paul Asay
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Title: Beauty in the Browns: Walking with Christ in the Darkness of Depression
By: Paul Asay
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Focus on the Family
Publication Date: 2021
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 1646070054
ISBN-13: 9781646070053
Stock No: WW070052

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Do you or someone you love struggle with depression? If so, know that you and your loved ones can go on.

Beauty in the Browns author Paul Asay knows this from personal experience—his and his son’s. As he shares their stories in an honest, practical, sometimes painful, and occasionally humorous way (with input from mental health professionals), you’ll find someone who understands what it means to live as a Christian with depression. He offers hope and help to those suffering from mental illness as well as those trying to help them. Even in the bleak browns of depression, even when the world looks hopeless, God still has a plan for people dealing with this issue. In this book, you’ll find encouragement to fight the good fight and keep the faith.

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In this stirring work, journalist Asay (Burning Bush 2.0) offers hope and encouragement to Christians wrestling with depression or helping a loved one navigate it. Drawing from his own experiences as well as his son’s, Asay examines the ways depression can intensify feelings of anxiety, emptiness, insecurity, loneliness, shame, and sadness. Asay acknowledges that the church unintentionally “sometimes shuts down or shuts out some of the very people whom Jesus said were blessed: the poor in spirit, those who mourn.” However, he reassures Christian readers that they can find redemption and purpose despite their depression, and he shares how the practice of prayer and volunteer work have helped him cope with depression. He also considers how he’s come to view depression and suffering as gifts one can learn and grow stronger from: “When depression makes me feel empty, perhaps God can fill me with something better.” He recommends Christians embrace faith when God seems far away, seek out counseling or professional help when necessary, and find joy in family. Any Christian can appreciate Asay’s encouraging examination.

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