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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (October 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601781008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601781000
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --Endorsement

About the Author

David P. Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was born in Scotland and served as a pastor and lecturer there. Dr. Murray and his wife Shona have four children.

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Customer Reviews

I would heartily recommend this book.
Michael Leake
Murray does a good job of aligning depression--mental or emotion suffering--with the physical suffering we all encounter in life.
Tim Challies
Overall, this book takes a very thoughtful, balanced view of a difficult subject.
Jason Chamberlain

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Leake on January 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I received this little book free from Reformation Heritage in exchange for a review. I was very excited to receive this book and I actually ended up reading almost all of it the evening I received it in the mail. It is with great wisdom that Murray made this book so practical and short in length, because as he said, "Depressed people cannot read hundreds of pages" (xi).

Though only 112 pages this book packs a punch. Murray manages to summarize various approaches to depression in Christian circles and he argues for a balanced approach that pursues humility and rejects dogmatism. I tend to agree.

After pleading for humility in the midst of complexity Murray begins to address the condition of depression. He offers a very helpful ten points of false thinking, and also interacts with other symptoms. He then charts out potential causes and finally attempts to offer some help in exploring a cure. His final chapter is also very helpful, as it is directed towards those that minister to and/or live with those that battle depression.

One other thing worthy of mention is Murray's Thought Inventory Questionnaire. Being introduced to this and his ten points of false thinking is certainly worth the cost of the book.

I love Murray's balance and modeled humility in this book. I think this book would certainly be a helpful guide to anyone struggling with depression. I'm not 100% sure that I would go quite as far as Joel Beeke yet. Who says, "If I had a family or church member fighting depression, it is the first book I would hand out." But I have to say that it would certainly be in my top 3.

This book is not meant to be a stand alone or a cure all for someone struggling with depression. But I think if a depressed person read this book they would be put on the right track at least. It's also a helpful corrective and addition to the library of any pastor.

I would heartily recommend this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 10, 2011
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David Murray admits that his book is not an exhaustive treatment on the subject of depression, but to be seen as an introduction to depression. If it were a class it would be Depression 101.

As a pastor and life coach I have helped people with depression, and have personally battled depression my whole life. One of the things I really like about this book, is that it is short, sweet, and to the point. People who are battling depression don't feel like reading a long treatise on depression.

In six short chapters Murray carefully and concisely writes about the (1) Crisis, (2) Complexity, (3) Condition, (4) Causes, (5) Cures, and those who (6) Care for those who are depressed. In each chapter Murray writes in a balanced manner, avoids extremes, and gives good sound biblical advice, ways to identify causes and cures of depression, through the practical use of various illustrations, examples, and solutions to help in the battle with depression.

I think one of the most helpful Chapters is Chapter 5 were he gives the 5 Keys to developing a balanced lifestyle in reducing the stress and anxiety that often leads to depression: Routine, Relaxation, Recreation, Rest, and Reprioritization. I recommend this book for those who struggle with depression, and to understand those you care for who battle with depression. It is clear, concise, and communicates well the essence of where depression comes from, how to deal with it, and where to find hope for overcoming depression.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Peterson on February 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Christians Get Depressed Too by David P. Murry is a wonderful book for those suffering with depression or those who know someone who is. Pastor Murry has done a wonderful and thoughtful investigation into the difficult subject of depression. He comes at depression from a well balanced biblical perspective allowing for causes which could stem from heart, body or soul.

In six chapters he discusses why we get depressed, how to study the topic of depression, what depression is and then covers different methods to deal with depression. He discusses the physical, spiritual, mental approaches which have been taken up in the past and explains the strength and weaknesses of each. In his last chapter he address caregivers (spouses, pastors, friends) and gives timely advise on how we can help those dealing with depression. This is a great resource and I am glad to have this book on my shelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joshua D. Reitano on February 10, 2012
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Helpful little book on depression written by a pastor with lots of experiencing in counseling people suffering with depression. The book leans a little too much toward the "integrationist" approach to counseling in my opinion. However, I do think some his critiques of the biblical counseling movement (of which I am largely a fan) are spot on. There's lots more work to be done in this area.

I think the strongest part of the book is Murray's explanation of the various causes for depression (spiritual, mental, physical) and his critique of people and counselors who tend to think it is usually all one of the causes (it's spiritual, so repent... or it's all physical, so take medicine... or, it's all mental, so just the way you think). My experience in counseling people is that causes (and therefore cures) of depression are usually multi-faceted.

I do recommend this book, but with the provisio that you should also read Ed Welch's two fine books (Blame it on the Brain? and Depression). Welch presents a nuanced view of the biblical counseling perspective. Between Murray and Welch, you should get two slightly different (and perhaps complementary) perspectives on the causes and treatment for depression. Though they differ, both Murray and Welch are nuanced and sensitive in their approach, while being robustly biblical.
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