Christians Get Depressed Too   -     By: David Murray
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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. Westland, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great, but one small caution
    November 21, 2016
    paul dare
    Westland, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Very small and quick read. David Murray is a professor at Puritan Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you ever go to visit him, you won't regret it. Grand Rapids is the beautiful side of Michigan. Go in the Fall. Even if David can't fit you into his schedule the colors will make your trip worth it. :)

    Now to the book. I appreciate this little volume. I would rename it "A Christians guide to depression: A call for balance". I really think this is the heart of brother Murray's work here. To call out some folks who have taken extreme views of depression ("medicate it all away!" on one pole and "It's all in your sinful head!" on the other) and then offer a balanced approach to the subject.

    Now, having said that I need to mention something that I struggled with from this book. Namely, the author's presentation of Jay Adams' position on depression (its causes and cures). I was introduced to Adams' work a few years ago and I can't get enough of him so I admit I may be a bit biased here since I have been so tremendously helped by his books and I also have not read everything he has written but I really do not think that Adams' position on depression is really accurately and fully represented in Christians get depressed too. Jay says in almost all of his books that problems (like depression and others) are absolutely not always caused by sin. He very often throws that disclaimer out and refers his readers to both the entire book of Job and the man born blind in John 9 as the key examples of this truth.

    Murray references Jay's account of working in a mental institution in his book Competent to Counsel and seems to deduce from this that Adams started formulating his position on depression upon this experience. I don't think this is a fair assessment of Adams. Adams is one of the church's strongest proponents of drawing all theological positions from properly exegeted Scripture and he is committed in all of his books to faithful practice of this position. To argue that because Jay drew from experience with depressed people to then talk about depression is not to conclude he let his experience formulate his position.

    I think giving Adams a full hearing in more or all of his books would prove my point. I'm not doubting Murray's motives or intent here. I think he's done a great service in this book. I would just call the reader to dig into Adams work yourself and not conclude that somehow Adams is a dangerous or outdated author or teacher basing your conclusions on only what you find in Christians get depressed too.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Christians Get Depressed, Too
    January 21, 2015
    Greg
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The perfect book to give to someone who is depressed or if you know someone who is depressed.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 2, 2013
    Paul D
    Very helpful to a lay person to deal with depression.
  4. 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
  5. 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!
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