Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet
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Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet

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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: Wiley
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0470371951
ISBN-13: 9780470371954

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Praise for Jesus Wept

"What courage it took for this priest and poet to exploredepression in people of faith. Barbara Crafton writes withexquisite nakedness about the futile search for meaning in themeaninglessness of despair. Her own salvation is a beacon to thosewho believe God means them to suffer in order to understand."
Gail Sheehy, author, Passages;Understanding Men's Passages

"Writing well about depression is not nearly as challenging assurviving the beast, but it is still a hard thing to do. Havingwritten about my own depression, I can say with some authority thatBarbara Crafton, a fellow sufferer, writes wonderfully well on thisdifficult topic.... This book offers truth about the devastatingdarkness of this disease and about the hope that makes it possibleto find one's way back to the light. Barbara Crafton offers up hertruth with humor and gritty stories as well as candor and care....May the many who suffer?and those who care for them, read thisbook, shed the shame, and find the new life that awaits them on theother side."
Parker J. Palmer, author, A Hidden Wholeness,Let Your Life Speak, and The Courage to Teach

"Having known the tension of faith and depression in her ownlife, Barbara Crafton offers us wisdom that comes from years ofreflection, of faithful practice, of knowing 'dark is not dark toyou, O Lord.' (Psalms 139:11) She has no truck with pablumChristianity; she knows that faith that does not meet our darkestdays is no faith at all?. Crafton offers sound insight and speaksthe truth in love, offering hope and acceptance to those of us whostruggle with depression."
Mary C. Earle, author, Broken Body, HealingSpirit: Lectio Divina and Living with Illness and BeginningAgain: Benedictine Wisdom for Living with Illness

Author Bio

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and author. She is the founder and head of the Geranium Farm,, 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.

Editorial Reviews

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 (,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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