In spite of being "frequently in the grip of terrific depression moods", the man of God knew how to minister to men of sorrows and those ... Some of the sweetest, most God-fearing, spirit-filled believers I know get depressed.
Author: Lakita D. Long
This book started off as a thought after speaking in many churches, and college settings where individuals who confessed to believe in God, and expressed that they were active believers suddenly “according to them”, started silently struggling with depression and finding no answer to help them with this overwhelming problem. When Believers Become Depressed is a candid book about how those who believe in God can become trapped by the darkness and deception of depression, and how they mask their depression through religious efforts. This book was written to assist believers and those in the helping profession to better understand what the symptoms of depression are for those who have faith in God. This book will also highlight 21 Symptoms of Spiritual Depression and show you how to challenge yourself to realistically deal with your issues or help someone with theirs. Everyone at some point in their life will have problems, issues, and situations that may cause them to be saddened or emotionally broken to the point of some form of depression. Sometimes it is more serious than people really think. This book will examine spiritual depression, the signs and symptoms, and will use Psychological and Biblical principles to help individuals break free from the deception of depression. This book can be a life-changing tool, if you pick up a copy for yourself, and buy one for someone else. Paperback: 232 pages
You may think people in the church would be more accepting of depressed people, especially Christians. But their response can often be worse because many think that since you are a believer, you should not be depressed — especially if ...
Author: Rico Villanueva
Publisher: OMF Literature
“Cheer up!” “Just pray it away!” “Christians don’t get depressed!” All too often, we hear these insensitive words from people who mean well but are misguided on depression. A way to help is striving to better understand depression and those dealing with it. In Lord, I'm Depressed, Rico Villanueva shares his own journey with depression and his reflections on the Lament Psalms. He writes, "It is through pain, indeed, through the wounds of Jesus, that healing flows." This book is not about quick fixes, formulas, or false hopes for overcoming depression. It is a profound psychological, biblical, and vulnerable expression of a pastor, scholar, and deeply faithful man of God whose story is, unfortunately, not an exception.
depression. The word depression comes from the Latin; “depressio-onis”. It means to be depressed, a state of despondence, weakened, lacking energy2. The adjectives that we have listed for depression causes shivers in many believers.
Author: Rodrigo Assunção
Depression among christians, now what? Depression among chriatians is not just a book, but it was written to be an instrument to help people with the struggle of this disease, since depression is no longer something that we just hear about, but it became something real, and when people have to face it, they become desperate. However is possible to find a way out to that depressive moments/episodes. Furthermore, is possible to face this disease even when it becomes a chronic condition. In this guide, authors align science and faith, in order to understand the mechanisms that involvs depression, its origin, things that could trigger and symptoms, so they can point a path for treatment. When the myth arround depression is undone, and starts to be seen as a pathology that is often followed by spiritual factors, it can be faced naturally and, therefore, more effectively.
Many today profess to be Christians, but continue to live life without regard for the written word of God. ... During depression, somehow, the clarity of scripture and the ambiguity of false believers become mixed together.
Author: Robert Canada
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates sixteen million adults in the United States suffer from some form of depression. The World Health Organization estimates 350 million people in the world suffer from depression. Over thirty thousand suicides take place in America each year above sixty percent suffered from depression. The suicide epidemic has become the fourth leading cause of death among adults ages eighteen to sixty-five. This sermon topic seems to be overlooked by our pulpits today. There are millions of Christians within the 350 million suffering from depression. These brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering from something they cannot control. They awake each day to another day of dread, crying out to God for relief with none in sight. Lost in a dark, never ending tunnel, looking for a way out. No light, no hope, and no direction. There is a stigma attached to being a Christian suffering from depression because we believe this is not supposed to happen to real Christians. After all, aren't we to be content in all things? We are to put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. How do we share our condition with other Christians who are void of understanding? We are not alone in our fight to drive this beast out of our lives. There are millions fighting this battle each day. Searching for the light at the end of the tunnel. The time has come to talk about depression in Christianity.
Has it helped? If not, why not? Here is a practical book written by a Christian doctor for depressed Christians, their families, friends and fellow church members. The book sets out to answer specific questions such as: What is depression?
Author: John Lockley
Publisher: Gabriel Resources
'Pull yourself together! ''Don't get so emotional.'' "It's a sin to be depressed." ''Pray for a stronger faith.'' You need to seek forgiveness." Are you depressed? If so, is this the kind of advice you have received from you Christian friends? Or perhaps you have tried to help a depressed friend with similar advice. Has it helped? If not, why not? Here is a practical book written by a Christian doctor for depressed Christians, their families, friends and fellow church members. The book sets out to answer specific questions such as: What is depression? Why should Christians get depressed when they have an all-powerful God on their side? Why does the church often cause extra problems? How should Christians go about tackling depression?
... believer can become discouraged. Although he was the most righteous man on earth, Job bore all the marks of someone who is depressed. ... Unquestionably, a true believer can be depressed to the point of great despair and heartache.
Author: Max Anders
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
One in a series of twenty Old Testament verse-by-verse commentary books edited by Max Anders. Includes discussion starters, teaching plan, and more. Great for lay teachers and pastors alike.
There needs to be a demystification of depression. It is not normal stress reaction to troubled circumstances or occasional gloominess, but it is a demonic ill wind that broods no good for the believer. Depression is the ultimate plan ...
Author: Tobe Momah
Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers
“Modern Medicine often times ignores the spiritual and religious connections to many common and debilitating psychiatric illnesses. Dr. Tobe Momah offers useful insights on a mental disorder that is currently overburdening the medical arena and for which long term solutions are still being keenly sought.” Kimberley Gordon MD, Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Tulane University School of Medicine New Orleans, Louisiana As a Family Physician working in the trenches of healthcare, Tobe Momah has seen thousands of depressed patients. He has watched as a so-called minor infringement on peoples’ health has snowballed into death, doom and destruction for their secular, spiritual and other situational endeavors. The Death Knell Called Depression tackles, from a Biblical point of view, hard-hitting facts the medical community has largely ignored about depression.
Ongoing depression becomes a stronghold because its very nature is to eclipse a sense of well-being and hopefulness, ... Interestingly, while believers debate whether Christians can experience depression, our ranks are nonetheless ...
Author: Beth Moore
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
A best-selling book now available in paperback for the first time! Do you want to know God and really believe Him? Do you want to find satisfaction in God, experience His peace, and enjoy His presence? Do you want to make the freedom Christ promised a reality in your daily life? In Breaking Free, Beth Moore embarks on a study of selected passages from the book of Isaiah, drawing several parallels between the captive Israelites and today's Christians, in order to show how to make freedom in Christ a daily reality. Moore teaches readers to remove obstacles that hinder freedom by identifying spiritual strongholds in their lives and overcoming them through the truth of God's Word truth that will set us free.
David P. Murray 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. --from publisher description.
Author: David P. Murray
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.
Blackbird Comes Calling brings faith, science, and the world of mental illness together, providing a refreshing, inspirational look into the need for faith and medicine to work together for the benefit of mental health.
Author: Jackie Swanson
Publisher: WestBow Press
"Blackbird Comes Calling" brings faith, science, and the world of mental illness together, providing a refreshing, inspirational look into the need for faith and medicine to work together for the benefit of mental health. The author, who has lived in, through, with, and beside depression her entire life, has a deep insight into the struggles, accomplishments, challenges, and disappointments accompanying mental health concerns. Through short devotions, personal stories, homilies, informational sections, and biblical quotes, Jackie Swanson brings the reader to the understanding and appreciation of how faith and medicine working together can bring a fabulous balance to life.
know it may not be an uncomfortable concept, but it has been placed on me to write this. Depression in the medical sense, ... In today's age, it seems there are more and more believers in Christ who are becoming depressed.
Author: Christa Edwards
This book is written to help anyone with Anxiety or Depression to overcome the challenges of those burdens with the assistance of prayer and faith. This book describes and gives guidance on how to accomplish defeating the depression and anxiety in your life, while building your faith, whether you are a person who knows nothing of God, or if you are someone who is a seasoned Christian, may all of you who read this book be blessed. The love of Christ is for all people. Embrace Him, and see what He can do for you!
However, God's children are not immune to difficult disorders like clinical depression. Many Christians do not seek help with ... Many Christians are in denial of their depression, reasoning that they have nothing to be depressed about.
Author: Monte Drenner
Publisher: Xulon Press
Upon graduation from the University of Florida in 1980, Monte served for seven years as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer. He and his wife, Sandy, served in the ministry for 16 years in non-denominational churches in the Southeast. In 2003 they moved to the Orlando, Florida, area and established More Than Conquerors (MTC) Counseling. Monte holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and is also a Certified Addictions Professional. Monte has vast experience counseling individuals, couples, and families with complex mental health and substance abuse issues. He also provides spiritual life coaching, staff training, and church workshops. Monte and Sandy recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and have two adult daughters who reside in Charlotte, NC. Excerpt from Spiritual Breakthroughs: What exactly is a spiritual breakthrough? For the purposes of this book, a spiritual breakthrough is "an obvious and observable change in controlling thoughts, feelings, or behaviors, resulting in dramatic spiritual growth." The bottom line is, when you make a spiritual breakthrough, it will be obvious. You will know it, and others will see it, too. Making and sustaining spiritual breakthroughs will transform you into a drastically different person. That is what the power of God can do if we allow it. Yes, you read that correctly; we must allow the most powerful force in the universe to work in our lives. We can stop the power of God simply by deciding not to change. I made the decision to hinder His power many times in the past, and perhaps you are making it right now. My prayer is that by picking up this book, you made the first step towards opening your heart and mind to the power of God and are ready to delve into His Scriptures.
Many believers become depressed in the twilight years instead of using the time to prepare for their better future. ... the positive ventures in life, and concentrating on the needs of others can lift a person from spiritual depression.
A believer should realize that if his spirit is not turned outward in an assault on Satan, Satan will attack his spirit instead and cause his spirit to become depressed. Only when the believers' spirit is flowing outward will the Holy ...
Author: Watchman Nee
Publisher: Living Stream Ministry
Category: Biography & Autobiography
An intriguing exploration of the great transition between life and the after-life.
Would you trade your depression to be any one of these?18 Our present social and cultural milieu ... Particularly today, our present cultural climate tends to undermine the faith of many Christians and other believers.
Author: Aaron D. Kheriaty
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
How the saints, the sacraments, and psychiatry can help you break depression's grip and find happiness again Countless Christians—including scores of saints—have suffered profound, pervasive sorrow that modern psychiatrists call “depression.” Then, as now, great faith and even fervent spiritual practices have generally failed to ease this wearying desolation of soul. In these pages, Catholic psychiatrist Aaron Kheriaty reviews the effective ways that have recently been devised to deal with this grave and sometimes deadly affliction — ways that are not only consistent with the teachings of the Church, but even rooted in many of those teachings. Extensive clinical experience treating patients with depression has shown Dr. Kheriaty that the confessional can’t cure neuroses, nor can the couch forgive sin. Healing comes only when we integrate the legitimate discoveries of modern psychology and pharmacology with spiritual direction and the Sacraments, giving particular attention to the wisdom of the Church Fathers and the saints. Here, with the expert help of Dr. Kheriaty, you’ll learn how to distinguish depression from similarlooking but fundamentally different mental states such as guilt, sloth, the darkness of sin, and the sublime desolation called “dark night of the soul” that is, in fact, a privileged spiritual trial sent to good souls as a special gift from God. You’ll come to know how to identify the various types of depression and come to understand the interplay of their often manifold causes, biological, psychological, behavioral, cultural, and, yes, moral. Then you’ll learn about exciting breakthroughs in pharmacological and other medical treatments, the benefits and limitations of psychotherapy, the critical place that spiritual direction must have in your healing, and the vital role that hope — Christian hope — can play in driving out depression.
Therefore, they resolve to deal with depression strictly by spiritual means e.g. prayer and Bible reading. In this book, I address this stigma that exists among Christians when it comes to depression.
Author: Marion Wright Jr MD
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
Some Christians experience a degree of internal conflict when it comes to seeking help for medical issues. On one hand, they believe in God for their healing. On the other, they acknowledge that they are dealing with symptoms and conditions that could be treated by medical professionals. The challenge then becomes reconciling their faith with their efforts to be well and healthy. From my observations, there have been great strides in Christian thinking regarding seeking help for physical health problems. However, this does not seem to be the case when it comes to mental health issues including depression. From my professional experiences as a psychiatrist and in my personal walk as a Christian, I have observed what appears to be a stigma when it comes to depression. Some Christians may believe that they should never be depressed, and if they are, it indicates some failure of their faith or weakness thereof. Some feel embarrassed about having depression and, therefore, are reluctant to seek help for it, if they do at all. They may feel that the very act of seeking professional help also indicates weakness in their faith. Therefore, they resolve to deal with depression strictly by spiritual means e.g. prayer and Bible reading. In this book, I address this stigma that exists among Christians when it comes to depression. My intention is to dispel myths about depression and to get people to understand that it is a condition to which we are all vulnerable. I also hope to increase people's understanding of God's will that we have healthy minds as well as healthy bodies. Depression need not be a condition that people deal with in silence given that there is help available for it.
We'll be empowered to say yes to God and no to temptation more consistently. Again, we will "live out" whatever we believe ... If a believer in Jesus thinks that he's a sinner, then he is going to struggle with sin more than necessary.
Author: David A. Wilt
Publisher: Xulon Press
This small book is written for people who don't like reading big books! It's written for you and me. It doesn't go into great detail about the facts and information about depression. The emphasis is on words of encouragement and principles that work to overcome it. May the contents of this book bring you much needed hope and encouragement in your own "dance" with depression. David is a certified psychiatric RN and works on an inpatient unit. He was a missionary with Mercy Ships for 3 years where he met his wife, Roxy. They have two sons, Joshua & Daniel, and live in Ohio with one dog, one turtle, three goldfish and four gerbils.
Knowing that God sees you and loves you as you are can help make the bad days tolerable and give you hope that a good ... When Christians take their own lives as a result of deep depression, a lot of people don't know what to make of ...
Author: Ryan Noel Fraser
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Nobody is immune to depression, not even the most faithful and dedicated Christians. Finding the strength to effectively cope with ongoing depression in one’s life may seem like an insurmountable personal and faith challenge for many followers of Jesus. You may feel like you’re useless, unworthy of joy, and a complete spiritual failure. While a number of books have been written on depression from a psychological perspective, Overcoming the Blues addresses spiritual concerns to provide hope and comfort for the faithful. As a counseling professor, minister, and licensed clinical pastoral therapist, Dr. Ryan Noel Fraser has recognized the ubiquity of depression among believers, as well as the overwhelming need for capable caregivers within the church. His revolutionary how-to guide offers practical guidance and holistic methods to relieve the distressing symptoms of depression in three Christ-centered ways: (1) Recognize God’s abiding presence (2) Reach out to others (2 Corinthians 1:3-5) (3) Respect your limitations This book seeks to motivate, mentor, and mobilize sufferers of depression in the church to see that serving is so much more than merely a short-lived distraction from your own suffering; it can be a powerful and restorative antidote—a transformative way of life that facilitates healing and hope.
One translation says, you'll be able to deal wisely in the affairs of life.” How is success going to come? ... But believers can get depressed simply by allowing themselves to think on wrong thoughts. That gives Satan something to work ...
Author: Dorothy Woods
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Your mind confi nes you as a Prison. In the deepest corners of the brain are chambers prohibiting access to freedom. The effects of your mind creating a mental prison limits behavior thus giving rise to an equally stagnant mental prison. Negative and positive variables, controlled and uncontrolled stimuli, are examined cognitively and cross examined with obtrusive and unobtrusive behavior. Biblical perspectives are reviewed in relation to the Creator and His purpose of mankind. Decision making processes are examined for biological and psychological development.
Don't we have enough to be depressed about without adding the sobering thought that we are merely excited matter passing through an ... because of their convictions and their worldview, are as a group more depressed than believers.
Author: Eric Maisel
Publisher: New World Library
In The Atheist’s Way, Eric Maisel teaches you how to make rich personal meaning despite the absence of beneficent gods and the indifference of the universe to human concerns. Exploding the myth that there is any meaning to find or to seek, Dr. Maisel explains why the paradigm shift from seeking meaning to making meaning is this century’s most pressing intellectual goal.