Many Christians mistakenly believe that true Christians don’t get depressed, and this misconception heaps additional pain and guilt onto Christians who are suffering from mental and emotional distress. Author David P. Murray comes to the defense of depressed Christians, asserting that Christians do get depressed! He explains why and how Christians should study depression, what depression is, and the approaches caregivers, pastors, and churches can take to help those who are suffering from it. With clarity and wise biblical insight, Dr. Murray offers help and hope to those suffering from depression, the family members and friends who care for them, and pastors ministering to these wounded members of their flock.
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Appendix: On the Sufficiency of Scripture: Salvation, Sanctification, and Spectacles
David Murray is a professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. He was ordained to the ministry in 1995 and pastored two churches in Scotland for twelve years. Murray is the author of 'Jesus on Every Page', 'Christians Get Depressed Too', and 'How Sermons Work'. He regularly speaks at conferences in North American and beyond.
"If I felt depressed, Christians Get Depressed Too is the first place I would turn. If I had a family or church member fighting depression, it is the first book I would hand out. This clear, concise, and compassionate book by my esteemed colleague, Dr. David Murray, who has worked in pastoral ministry with many depressed Christians, is disarmingly simple and eminently practical. In these few pages covering the crisis, complexity, condition, causes, and cures of depression, together with advice for the caregiver, you will find a world of sound, wise, scriptural advice for handling a variety of cases of depression. If you fight depression, read and re-read this usable, balanced, and timely book; if you don’t fight depression, read it to be informed how to relate to your friends that do, and give a copy to each of them." - Dr. Joel R. Beeke
"I heartily commend this new and helpful book on depression and psychiatric illness. It is the condensed result of much reading and pastoral wisdom, digested into a few non-technical chapters. It is full of Christian love for those who suffer in this way and who need our utmost compassion and tactful sympathy. I wish I had known the things written in these pages when I was a much younger minister." - Maurice Roberts
"In a very compassionate manner, Dr. Murray helps ease the guilt that accompanies the inexpressible agony of depression. Based on Scripture, this treasure shows the depressed believer that he is not forsaken of God, is not an inferior Christian, and is not necessarily being punished for some sin. The author carefully explains the thoughts and feelings of the depressed and then offers cures. He concludes by very pointedly addressing those who care for the depressed. This is one of the most practical and encouraging books I have read on depression, and having suffered from depression myself, I have read many." -S.L. Grand Rapids, MI
"When I was first diagnosed with depression, I was completely overcome by shame. I have a wonderful husband, five adorable children, and, most importantly, I have Christ. I thought then that real Christians DON’T get depressed. Dr. Murray’s book, Christians Get Depressed Too, was recommended to me. As I read it, I cannot express the relief and comfort I received. For a little over a year I wondered if God had abandoned me, but after reading Christians Get Depressed Too, my faith was greatly strengthened, and I was reassured that God has not and never will forsake me. I thank Dr. Murray for the biblical and pastoral care in his book as well as the balanced approach he takes between the “all physical,” “all spiritual,” and “all mental” views concerning depression. During my depression, I felt as though I was drowning in the middle of the ocean, and this book was a life preserver to me. May God continue to use this book to uplift downcast spirits and glorify His name." - Jeni L, Grand Rapids, MI
"I was at the end of knowing what was wrong with me when the Lord brought Dr. Murray and his materials into my life. These things have been used by the Lord as a lifeline for me. I would recommend that every Christian read what he has written." - N.M., South Carolina
"I thank God for Dr. Murray's book. It has helped me immensely in learning and understanding the possible causes and cures for depression/anxiety, which have grabbed my innermost being at times in my life. The practical applications and clear writing for the layman are most helpful! This book chops away at the guilt that comes from being a Christian and depressed. I highly recommend this book. It has a place on my bookshelf to be read during those dark times of depression!" - D.M., Ontario, Canada
"As someone who has struggled with this darkness called depression, I have tried to make sense of this relentless foe for years. For the most part I have bought into the thinking that a Christian who deals with depression must be caught up in sin. Dr. Murray’s book has brought a ray of sunshine on this dark subject. Gratefully now I have a keener awareness of the different attacks brought on by depression and how to handle them with the practical applications that Dr. Murray so clearly shows in this book. I am eternally blessed for having this helpful and smart book." -J.H., Windsor, Ontario, Canada