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Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression (Eswine)

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  • A reflection on Spurgeon's struggles
  • Help to understand & support those with depression
  • How Jesus can bring light to the darkness

Christians should have the answers, shouldn't they? Depression affects many people both personally and through the ones we love. Here Zack Eswine draws from C.H Spurgeon, 'the Prince of Preachers' experience to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. Zack Eskwine brings you here, not a self-help guide, rather 'a handwritten note of one who wishes you well.'

Table of Contents:

Part One: Trying to Understand Depression

1. The Road to Sorrow

2. Depression and our Circumstances

3. The Disease of Melancholy

4. Spiritual Depression

Part Two: Learning How to Help Those Who Suffer from Depression

5. Diagnosis Doesn’t Cure

6. A Language for our Sorrows

7. Helps that Harm

8. Jesus and Depression

Part Three: Learning Helps to Daily Cope with Depression

9. Promises and Prayers

10. Natural Helps

11. Suicide and Choosing Life

12. The Benefits of Sorrow 



Zack Eswine is the Senior Pastor at the Riverside Church, St Louis, Missouri. He previously served as Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, Missouri. A list of his writings can be found at or on his blog at




"...Spurgeon from early years to final days found dark distress ever hovering on the edges of his mind and sometimes launching an all out assault on his very being. How he managed all this, by the grace of God, both for himself and for others, drives both the gripping content and the riveting literary style of Zack Eswine in Spurgeon's Sorrows."  - Tom Nettles, Senior Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"The river of life often flows through sloughs of despond. Charles Spurgeon knew that well... Ditto Zack Eswine in this unusual, refreshing, sensible book... Read it, and take it to heart." - David Powlison, CCEF Executive Director, Senior Editor, Journal of Biblical Counseling

"Zack Eswine is a pastor with the mind of a scholar and the heart of a poet. His wisdom gleaned from Charles Spurgeon's struggle with depression is theologically profound and pastorally lucid."  - Jason Byassee, Senior Pastor, Boone United Methodist Church, Boone, North Carolina 

"Zack Eswine, like Spurgeon, a preacher, pastor, and no stranger to suffering... there is much encouragement, comfort and practical help to be found in this rich and poetic treasure."  - Richard Winter, Author of When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression, Director of Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri