Thursday, June 7, 2012

Depression: A Stubborn Darkness, Light for the Path by Edward Welch {Delightfully Bookwormish}

Title: Depression: A Stubborn Darkness, Light for the Path
Author: Dr. Edward Welch
Genre: Christian Growth, Psychology, Counseling,

The Recipe: Christian Counselor Dr. Edward Welch writes about the difficult subject of depression to help those who struggle-and their loved ones-find help. Welch discusses the spiritual, medical, and emotional factors that contribute to depression.

The Frosting and Sprinkles: (I admit I find a little weird to be using my cupcake theme on a book about depression :-))

Welch's book is some of the most insightful and helpful information I've read about the struggle with depression. He not only addresses those who struggle with depression, but also their loved ones. As a person who struggles with depression, I think this book is an excellent resource for family members, spouses, and friends who want to better understand (or understand at all) the struggle of their depressed loved ones. 

It's also an excellent resource for those of who struggle/have struggled/will struggle again. 

Welch is sympathetic-he does not give a "suck it up" message, but he also unashamedly presents depression in the light of biblical Truth. He gives the much-needed grace that those who struggle with depression need, but he also gives hard truth that we need to hear.

This is not a guide on "how to fix your depression" or a "how to fix your loved one's depression." It's more of a "Truths to Cling to When You're Depressed" guide, which is excellent and useful because, as you well know if you've struggled, depression is not a problem that is easily "fixed." In fact, it is something you will probably struggle with to some capacity the rest of your life.

Welch emphasizes the theological truths that 1) God is well acquainted with suffering-He has suffered and empathizes with your depression and 2) He is good and generous. He uses scripture to back up all his claims.

Though this book is not a "how to fix" guide, Welch gives some practical advice in how to deal with depression. One of the most helpful sections is Ch.11 where Welch helps identify the external and internal causes of depression. He recognizes that depression is complicated and brought on by many factors.

The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: None 

My Rating:  


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this review. While I don't often discuss it on my blog, I've been dealing with depression and anxiety for about a year now.

    I will be sure to check out this book.

    Thank you. Xoxo


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