Christians Get Depressed Too

2 Feb

As part of my MA placement at my church in Ammanford, JT (the pastor) has been getting me to read and discuss with him some important books. From The Reformed Pastor to Leaders Who Last, from Instruments in the Redeemers Hands to Seeing with New Eyes.

The most recent book we’ve read was Christians Get Depressed Too by David Murray. (The book was only available from Amazon in its kindle version but that’s okay because it gave me an excuse to read it on my iPhone in the bath.)

Murray’s main premise is that depression is something that Christians have (and have had) to deal with. More than this depression isn’t a one size fits all complaint but terribly complicated with several possible causes and therefore several possible remedies.

Murray cautions being too dogmatic in our approach to depression as prescribing the wrong remedy can actually end up being more harmful than good.

What’s refreshing about Christians Get Depressed Too is how Murray attempts to root his writing in scripture, providing examples of biblical characters (and heroes).  The book is also full of alliterated points and so appealing to anyone who writes sermons!

In what is a very short book (took me around 2 hours to read) Murray covers a lot of ground. Firstly trying to clear up why it’s important to discuss depression at all (because it’s so common and so debilitating) and why it’s such a complex issue (because it’s almost a term used to describe lots of different conditions). He then goes on to look at the potential causes of depression ranging from stress, life style, wrong thinking, sickness and even the sovereignty of God. Particularly helpful in this section was his solid example of wrong thinking expressed in life examples, spiritual examples and biblical examples.

Murray finishes the book with advice on how to ‘cure’ depression and how to respond as caregivers. The simple answer is there is no simple answer, but as the causes are so diverse so too should the cures. Taking time to actually identify the cause (as opposed to jumping to conclusions) is really the key.

This is a fantastic book that I’d recommend to any and everyone thanks to both it’s breadth and brevity. Murray acknowledges that depression can be chemical as well as spiritual (and therefore avoids being too dogmatic) and draws from the best quotes from both ends of the spectrum. A definite good starting point and something you could even share with a friend who is suffering from depression.

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  1. Book Review: Christians get depressed too « Very random thoughts - 04/02/2011

    […] end of last year. I got myself and Sammy to get a copy to read and discuss (you can read his review here). You can only get it as a Kindle e-book (for less that £4 though) at the momement, but I’m […]

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