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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: In The Light Communications; First edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984217703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984217700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this manuscript on a day when I felt troubling thoughts tugging at my heart. I found challenge, clarity, concrete hope and, best of all, some moments of Aha! That's what's going on. Teens and adults, women and men, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, moms and dads - all can be helped by the God-honoring view of depression contained in these pages. Elisa Morgan CEO, MOPS International, Publisher, FullFill --Endorsements of the book

Knowing Gary Lovejoy and Greg Knopf, I expected their book to be filled with deep psychological and medical wisdom back by years of clinical experience. I was not disappointed! But I hadn't quite expected the depth and breadth of biblical and theological insights. Now I don't know how to categorize the book. Is a fine theology text, an excellent commentary on the whole Bible or the best Christian book on depression I've ever read? Perhaps all of the above! Gerry Breshears, Ph.D. Professor of Theology, Western Seminary, Portland, OR Co-author Vintage Jesus, Death by Love, Vintage Church, Doctrine --Endorsement of the book

My friends Gary Lovejoy and Greg Knopf have written a fresh and insightful book on a vitally important subject. They view depression as an alarm system that alerts us to issues we should address, as interdependent people who need God and each other. Having finished "Light on the Fringe: Finding Hope in the Darkness of Depression", I am left appreciating their handling of true and false guilt, the need for authenticity, how depression has been stereotyped, and their thoughtful depiction of biblical characters who faced depression. I found this book warm, helpful, biblically solid, and full of hope. Randy Alcorn Author of Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and Deception --Endorsement of the book

My friends Gary Lovejoy and Greg Knopf have written a fresh and insightful book on a vitally important subject. They view depression as an alarm system that alerts us to issues we should address, as interdependent people who need God and each other. Having finished Light on the Fringe: Finding Hope in the Darkness of Depression, I am left appreciating their handling of true and false guilt, the need for authenticity, how depression has been stereotyped, and their thoughtful depiction of biblical characters who faced depression. I found this book warm, helpful, biblically solid, and full of hope. Randy Alcorn Author of Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and Deception --Endorsement of the book

Knowing Gary Lovejoy and Greg Knopf, I expected their book to be filled with deep psychological and medical wisdom back by years of clinical experience. I was not disappointed! But I hadn't quite expected the depth and breadth of biblical and theological insights. Now I don't know how to categorize the book. Is it a fine theology text, an excellent commentary on the whole Bible or the best Christian book on depression I've ever read? Perhaps all of the above! Gerry Breshears, Ph.D. Professor of Theology, Western Seminary, Portland, OR --Endorsement of the book

About the Author

Gary H. Lovejoy, Ph.D., spent over 30 years conducting his private counseling practice where he has extensive experience serving individuals, couples, and families. He continues an active practice with Valley View Counseling Services, LLC in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Lovejoy was a professor of both psychology and religion at Mt. Hood Community College for 32 years. He earned a master's degree in religious education from Fuller Theological Seminary as well as a master's in psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and completed his doctorate in psychology while attending the United States International University. Dr. Lovejoy has conducted numerous seminars on depression and been the keynote speaker at many family camps, couple's retreats and college conferences. Dr. Lovejoy and his wife, Sue, have two adult children. Gregory Knopf, M.D. has been a family practice physician for 30 years and is the founder and medical director of the Gresham-Troutdale Family Medical Center. He is a graduate and Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Knopf is board certified in family medicine, but has a special interest in the treatment of anxiety and depression. He speaks across the country on these topics, principally for professional audiences and for churches, and for the general public as well. He has been involved in clinical research and is a member of the national primary care advisory board for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. He enjoys tennis, gardening, and is on the leadership team of Radiant Church of Gresham, Oregon. Dr. Knopf and his wife, Bonnie, live on a 26 acre farm and have adult children.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Sanford on October 12, 2009
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U.S. News & World Report calls depression "the world's No. 2 killer." Nearly 19 million Americans struggle with the symptoms and effects of depression in any given year. Millions of Christians are included in that number. Sadly, the view that depression is somehow a sign of one's lack of faith and spirituality leaves depressed believers with unconquerable feelings of guilt, failure, and isolation from the rest of the faith community.

More than 5 million Christians currently long to understand why they struggle with depression--and how that experience meshes with their faith. They are searching for a purpose in their suffering--a purpose, thank God, that does exist.

Other books guide readers to the quickest cure through psychology or medicine or theology. This book integrates a sound theology with a professional assessment of the psychological dynamics of depression, giving readers a foundation to find hope and purpose in the midst of their experience of depression.

False views of depression within the Church can leave Christians who suffer from depression with no idea how to integrate their experience with their faith. They struggle with guilt over their depression, and many believe it is somehow God's punishment for their sins or the inadequacies of their spiritual lives. This book exposes the misconceptions that distort Christians' views of their experiences with depressive symptoms.

This book shows readers there can be a positive usefulness for depression in the wider perspective of the divine plan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Mybelle on November 6, 2011
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I am struggling with anxiety and depression. This is the second bout that I have had in the last 6 months. Last time I read through this book that a friend let me borrow. I thought that it was so great that I finally ordered a copy for myself. I am reading it now and actually looking up the bible verses. This book is so encouraging and guiding me along my path toward forming a new relationship with God.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Streger on October 28, 2009
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Gary Lovejoy's book "Light on the Fringe" on depression is the best I have read in my experience. It is fresh and up-to-date information that I think everyone should read, even if they don't feel they are depressed. We all have our times, right!? I have seen depression on the rise whether it be from a diagnosis that you never wanted to hear to the financial crisis many find themsleves in right now. I work with women through Bible studies and they pour out their hearts with all kinds of problems and topping the list is depression and despair. Most of the time I see women trying to hide the fact or at best, just ignore their depression and allow it to fester beneath the surface. They can't find their way out of the darkness and certainly can't see any hope for their future!! Many feel "doomed" to this kind of life. But I have good news for you......read this book!! It is such a timely book I can't recommend it highly enough! It comes from a solid Biblical point of view and takes you on, what I like to call, a journey of hope! Each chapter is significant. Each chapter has healing in it as you apply the principals to your own life. I love the way the principals are summarized at the end of each chapter for quick reveiw. One of my favorite thoughts from the book is that we CAN grow through our pain (we all have it!) and be restored to a place of healing where we can fully reach our God given potential. A quote from the book that I love is: "Your thinking habits are not dependent on what others do or say....YOU are fully in charge of your response to adversity"! There are so many and not enough space but go out today and get the book Light on the Fringe: Finding Hope in the Darkness of Depressionand see for yourself what I am talking about. You will not regret that decisoin - I promise you!
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Light on the Fringe is a collaborate work between a psychologist and a medical doctor, examining the topic of depression from a Christian standpoint. Theirs is a unique take on the subject, and one that should resonate with most sufferers of depression. Although they do acknowledge that some depression is biological in nature (caused by brain chemistry), and they do devote a chapter near the end of the book to discuss this, it is not the focus of the book. So much mainstream thought today seems to say that all depression is simply brain chemistry gone awry and that all that is needed to "fix" the problem is medication. And then there was a book I read several years ago by a very prominent and well-known Christian author in which he stated that all depression is nothing more than self-pity (not surprisingly, that book was a wall-banger).

Lovejoy and Knopf follow neither of these trains of thought, but instead dare to say that depression can be part of God's plan for us, even a gift. The last chapter was especially good; here they focus on how depression can, in God's hands, actually perfect and improve our character. They discuss ways to break out of the harmful thought habits that are the underlying factor of much depression; this chapter was really good, and I wish they had expanded it further.

My only complaint with the book is that most of it seemed to be abstract and theoretical in nature. As I was reading I often thought, "this sounds lofty and great, but what exactly does this look like in actual practice?" Perhaps it is my simple mind, but I need more real-life examples and there were too few of those in this book.

Nevertheless, I do recommend this book for any Christian who is or has suffered from depression. This book does not condemn or put down, but will make you see that perhaps your suffering is part of God's plan, but at the same time give you keys for breaking free of it.
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