Other Sellers on Amazon
Christians Get Depressed Too: Hope and Help for Depressed People Paperback – January 1, 2010
Enhance your purchase
The Amazon Book Review
Book recommendations, author interviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
I heartily commend this new and helpful book on depression and psychiatric illness. It is the condensed result of much reading and pastoral wisdom, digested into a few non-technical chapters. It is full of Christian love for those who suffer in this way and who need our utmost compassion and tactful sympathy. I wish I had known the things written in these pages when I was a much younger minister. --Maurice Roberts
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
From the Back Cover
- Publisher : Reformation Heritage Books; 1st edition (January 1, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1601781008
- ISBN-13 : 978-1601781000
- Item Weight : 4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.6 x 0.3 x 6.9 inches
- Customer Reviews:
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
First, so you understand my bent: I'm a lay person who's fought depression for more than four decades. With the help of a variety of practices (physical, mental, and spiritual) I've learned to cope with it. I'm passionate about the stigma of mental health in the Church, and would love to see all pastors and lay people equipped to help the hurting without making things worse. (I and other loved ones have suffered well-intended but hurtful words on several occasions.)
If you are a pastor who's comfortable with Reformed Theology and you want to learn a balanced approach to helping people who struggle with depression, this is a pretty good resource. I really appreciate the author's emphasis that we are not just physical and not just spiritual, so addressing our mental health should involve all aspects of who we are. The Reformed angle is not super dominant (until the appendix), but it pops up every now and then, and may be distracting to some.
If you're a lay person who wants to help hurting friends or family members, it's a mixed bag. There's some good advice, some confusing sections, and occasionally some advice that I think is only suitable for counselors and counseling pastors. If you're starting from knowing next-to-nothing, this isn't a bad place to start, but look for other education as well.
If you're a person who struggles with depression (hi, friend!), I would not recommend this book, *especially* if you are currently depressed. The author says some things (one sentence in particular) which I think would do more harm than good, and completely makes this book unrecommendable for me. Which saddens me, because with some different wording, it would have been okay.
"My motivation and methodology in writing, then, is not academic but practical. I desperately want to help sufferers and those who minister to them. That is why this book is short and simple. Depressed people cannot read hundreds of pages. They need short, simple, yet substantive instruction and advice."
David Murray does an excellent job tackling this complex topic. He disagrees with the Jay Adams followers who take a dogmatic attitude that anxiety and depression are always sinful behaviors. And that anxiety and depression are viewed as disobedient emotional choices in direct rebellion to Jesus Christ. To them, depression reveals a lack of faith in God's promises, God's judgment on sinful behavior, or just laziness.
Murray takes the same view as the Puritans, in that depression can be brought about by different situations. The English Protestants of the 16th and 17th centuries were surprisingly adept in the pastoral care of people with depression. They referred to depression as the "black bile, dejection, spiritual desertion, downcast, desolations, anfechtungen, accidie, dark night of the soul, and the most often-used, all-inclusive term 'melancholy.'" Puritans recognized that melancholy could originate from multiple sources.
The Puritan's believed that depression could be caused by:
• Poor diet
• Poor health
• Mental illness. Various medical remedies were prescribed. They also recommended walking, mental rest, and shorter Scripture readings.
• God's sovereignty in allowing depression. They "rightly understood that suffering in general and depression in particular was a result of God's sovereign purposes and for one's own sanctification and the building of personal character and that the goal of their counseling was not to ‘necessarily remove the suffering but rather to grow through suffering [which required] an understanding of God's providence.’"
I found one drawback in this book: Murray does not define the word "trigger," which would have helped the reader understand. A trigger is an incitement that causes a particular action. Triggers can be either negative or positive. If a person can identify their triggers of depression, they can learn how to cope and deal with those triggers.
Like the Puritans, Murray does not discount that sin can cause depression, but also realizes that there can be depression without the cause of sin. These causes are called triggers. He "considers five triggers of depression: stress, psychology, sin, sickness, and sovereignty."
Stress can cause depression
Murray equates a piece of elastic to the stress of life. Stretch it to much, it will snap!
Psychology (The Way We Think)
The way a person was taught how to think and cope with life can cause depression. "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). This proverb has two sides. If a child is raised with biblical values, most likely, he will keep those values as an adult. On the other hand, if a child is reared in an alcoholic environment, he will learn how to cope with his problems by abusing alcohol.
For the Puritans, they recognized sin as being the leading cause of depression. Inquiring about the counselee's Christian lifestyle was always first and foremost. After much examination and if no blatant sin was found, they would investigate other possible reasons as to why the person may be melancholy.
The Puritans also believed that physical illnesses could affect the body and cause depression. That is why they would encourage counselees to get in the sunshine and take a walk. Richard Baxter (1615–1691), a Puritan pastor, said this concerning depression, "If other means will not do, neglect not medicine."
In all of this, the Puritans emphasized God's total control in the counselee's depression, as it served God’s purpose in that person’s life. God gave Paul a thorn in the flesh to keep him from becoming conceited (2 Corinthians 12:7). A Christian must accept that their depression may have been given to them by God to keep them humble.
If you are a Christian and taking medication for depression, you will be comforted by reading this book. Murray did not write it just for people who suffer from depression, but also devoted a whole chapter to their families and caregivers.
I hope you will also be comforted in knowing that God is sovereign in all of our spiritual and physical ailments. The Lord's sovereignty should give all Christians comfort, purpose, and hope no matter what lot in life God has ordained for them.
1. Many live with varying degrees of depression that are very treatable if pursued.
2. All live in a fallen world with fallen bodies that get sick (heart, liver, brain, etc.). Treatment is not out of the ordinary.
3. Humans are physical, mental and emotional. Each are real and mutually connected.
4. Chapter 3 very good on false thought patterns as cause/symptom of depression
5. Good practical advice on how to treat depression
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.