- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Eerdmans; Reprinted edition (July 21, 1965)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802813879
- ISBN-13: 978-0802813879
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 186 customer reviews
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Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure Paperback – July 21, 1965
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This enduring collection of twenty-one sermons by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, each originally delivered at Westminster Chapel in London, carefully and compassionately analyzes an undeniable feature of modern society from which Christians have not escaped--spiritual depression.
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The premise for this book comes from Psalm 42:11 where David cries, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance and my God." What David has done in this verse is "taken himself in hand" as Lloyd-Jones says and preached to himself. David would not the allow himself to become the sum product of his feelings. He recognized the "downcast spirit" and proceeded to remind Himself of God and His goodness. We likewise cannot listen to ourselves (feelings, lies, burdens, the Devil) but must constantly proclaim to ourselves who God is--and what our response must be to such a God: Hope in Him!
The chapters are as diverse as they are dense. Lloyd-Jones tackles: the unregenerate heart, discipline, anxiety, fears of future ills, weariness that comes with Christian service, and even introversion and personality weaknesses. These are things that we all face! I was somewhat surprised that Lloyd-Jones does not spend a chapter (or several for that matter) on defeating sin and temptation--but it seems that he is far less concerned with the external realm. What DMLJ was most interested in was the heart. The beliefs. If the root can be corrected, the fruit will follow.
Though Lloyd-Jones is very smart, I found his sermons clear and accessible. In fact many of the "cures" are things that most Christians already know--but they simply fail to act on! "Spiritual Depression" is then a book that should not be read simply to finish--it is a book to read, re-read, and chew on. I recommend it to everyone, and it is especially helpful for group study or one on one discipleship. I myself bought 4 copies to give to friends.
Let's stop waiting for eternity to find true joy. It is available now. May we therefore take hold of the riches that are offered the saints in Christ Jesus, and not linger another day living in anything less.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones is a long-time favorite of mine, both in his published books and the audio sermons at MLJTRUST.ORG. BTW, you can listen to or download the sermons in this book at that website, but I'd strongly recommend reading the hard-copy book as well so you can highlight, underline and make notes in the margins. You'll want to go back over this book again and again.
1. Regrets--Regrets we have in life hurt our trust in God
2. Sin-- Sin can taint our faith in God
3. Emotions--Emotions hinder our life in ways that we don't even know
4. Fear--Fear can cause us to be like a ship without a rudder
And many more. He lays out the causes (which are many) and the cures (which must be applied). This is the book to read, study, read, study, and apply. As I said, I have looked for many books, but this is by far the best. Others you might like to read and are very good are: Trusting God (Jerry Bridges), Tell Yourself the Truth (Backus), and God in the Dark (Os Guinness). God Bless