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Book Review: Depression – The Way Up When You Are Down

Edward T. Welch
P & R Publishing, 2000, 28 pp., $2.99, http://www.prpbooks.com

Recommended. Biblical, compassionate, practical advice in a booklet format.

Part of the easy-to-hand-out booklet series Resources for Changing Lives, Edward Welch’s 28 pages on depression are packed with solid, biblical, practical wisdom on dealing with depression.

Throughout the book, Welch is compassionate toward the depressed. He does not belittle them or their feelings (or lack  thereof); instead, he empathetically describes what depression is like, how each day feels hollow and empty. Carefully, respectfully, Welch leads the reader to consider his or her purpose as a servant of God, and he reassures the reader that “if you do anything because of Jesus and what he did for you–from combing your hair to becoming a missionary–then you bring glory to God” (7). With gentleness and respect, Welch helps the reader to develop a statement of purpose, to listen (and really hear) the truth (rather than one’s own thoughts), and to pick apart the many things that depression can say.

Once the reader works through these thoughts, Welch guides him/her along “the path that leads to God”: thinking about the meaning of depressed feelings, confessing sin to our heavenly Father, and taking practical steps of love and obedience (he lists eleven ideas for doing this). An added bonus to this book is the end, where Welch shares answer to common questions, including, “What has helped other people?”

It’s impossible not to recommend this book: it’s short, packed with help, and that help points the reader to the only One who can ever make us truly feel alive.

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About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at TeachingtheCore.com. He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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