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“In a day and age when many parents, even Christian ones, feel as though they are ill-equipped to parent their children facing all sorts of issues, along comes David Murray to give us a powerful parental tool in shepherding our children who battle anxiety and depression. With this book (and the accompanying student version), parents no longer have to be or feel ill-prepared to navigate such overwhelming issues. I just wish I had this book years ago.”
―Ed Stetzer, Executive Director, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, Wheaton College
“Parenting is good for our prayer lives, we find, especially when sons and daughters are navigating the many anxieties that seem to coincide with the teenage years. David Murray has the practical experience and spiritual wisdom to help. Based in biblical truth and at the same time sensitive to the psychological and physiological complexities of human emotions, Murray’s companion guides tell real-life stories that empower teens and their parents to understand their feelings, care well for one another, and take concrete steps toward healing together.”
―Phil and Lisa Ryken, President, Wheaton College; and his wife, Lisa
“In this book, David Murray comes alongside parents who may be willfully naive about or find themselves completely overwhelmed by how to help their child deal with depression, offering understandable explanations of the issues and equipping them for important conversations.”
―Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher; author, Even Better than Eden
“Parents are the most influential and important individuals in their teenager’s life. But often parents struggle because they just don't understand what their teen is feeling. This can be especially true of parents of teens dealing with anxiety and depression. In Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This?, Murray provides a remarkable resource for those parents. Thoroughly researched and filled with practical, biblical strategies, this is an absolute must-read for parents who want to help their struggling teen more effectively.”
―Jaquelle Crowe Ferris, Founder and COO, The Young Writer; author, This Changes Everything
“Parenting a teen who is riddled with anxiety or depression can be a daunting and overwhelming journey. Parents are often plagued by questions: How did this happen? Did I cause this? Has God abandoned us? In his compelling resource for parents, Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This?, David Murray restores hope by providing both practical insight and meaningful strategies that promote healthy change. This is a must-read for parents navigating the darkness of depression or anxiety!”
―Emilie DeYoung, Supervisor for Child and Adolescent Counseling, Family Wellness Center, Zeeland, Michigan
“With anxiety and depression at an all-time high in today’s teens, this book could not come at a more crucial time. As someone who battled anxiety and depression as a teen and now navigates it with her own child, I found Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This? to be an extremely practical, helpful, biblical, and hopeful book. Rather than giving spiritually cliché answers to a complex and multilayered issue, David Murray compassionately walks alongside hurting and overwhelmed parents, offering clarity, understanding, and wise counsel in how to better understand their teens’ unique battles with anxiety and depression, as well as providing the practical and spiritual tools to support them through it. Whether you have a teen or want to prepare for the teen years, this book is a must-read. And you never know, you might even see yourself in these pages and find a path toward your own healing along the way.”
―Sarah Walton, coauthor, Hope When It Hurts and Together through the Storms
“This book has opened our eyes to the real nature of our son’s struggle with anxiety and depression. It has helped us to communicate with him more effectively, empathize more lovingly, and turn our hearts from criticism to encouragement and understanding. It has made a difference in our relationship with our son, our family, and, most importantly, with Christ! The practical exercises not only helped our son but are also making an impact in our own lives as well. If you have a child who is fighting for hope, meaning, and relief from the death grip of anxiety and depression, we highly recommend this book!”
―Layne and Tanya, parents of a teenager
“I wish I had this book when I first entered youth ministry. David Murray’s discussion of who gets anxiety and depression, what causes these feelings, and what we can do to help teens we care about is compassionate, insightful, and tremendously helpful. His extensive list of tools to help teens toward healing is excellent, but his advice on how to partner with teens and how to walk alongside them in the process is what makes this book so valuable. Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This? offered insights into my own moments of anxiety while also giving me practical wisdom for caring for teens.”
―Christopher Walker, Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
“Whether you are unfamiliar or well-acquainted with anxiety and depression, David Murray’s Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This? will equip you with practical tools and theological truth as you shepherd your teen. I know I will return to this book when I’m anxious or when I need to support a loved one who is. Highly recommend it!”
―Kristen Wetherell, author, Fight Your Fears; coauthor, Hope When It Hurts
About the Author
David Murray (PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is the senior pastor of First Byron Christian Reformed Church. He is also a counselor, a regular speaker at conferences, and the author of Reset and Exploring the Bible. David has also taught Old Testament, counseling, and pastoral theology at various seminaries.
Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
- Publisher : Crossway (July 14, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1433570750
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433570759
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #111,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anyone familiar with David Murray knows that he is a thoughtful and caring writer. What is more, his books are always saturated with biblical wisdom and encouragement. This book is no exception.
The introduction of Murray’s work helps readers understand the root causes of anxiety and depression. He provides an assurance upfront that there is help for anyone who struggles with a wide range of ailments.
The book addresses a myriad of mental health issues that utilize a case study approach. After describing an example of a person who is struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness, workaholism, negativity, rebellion, etc. the author provides a brief prescription for offering help. Each chapter concludes with a section that offers real-life application. Generally, there is a verse to memorize, some practical questions, and a prayer.
In addition, David Murray has written a second book specifically designed for teens. I recommend these fantastic resources for both parents and teens and trust that God will use them to encourage young people during these troubling times.
This book is directed towards the parents of teenagers who are struggling to get through anxiety and depression. Murray pulls parents in by providing this resource, instead of pushing parents out by handling the counseling himself.
This resource addresses a variety of challenges in mental health that young people are facing and each chapter provides heartfelt application and prayer prompts. Please don’t be fooled…this book does not provide easy answers to difficult issues. Murray knows part of the solution to the issue is addressing it at its core and that takes trust, patience, vulnerability and understanding from all involved parties.
If you are asking yourself the question on the cover of this book, this might be a helpful tool in preparing you for a journey of healing and helping your teenager.
Thank you to Crossway. I received this ebook for the purpose of an unbiased review.
Murray begins with explanations about the causes of anxiety and depression in teens, saying that finding the cause is a key part of healing. Then he focuses several chapters on people like Tense Tom, Panicky Paul, Faithless Flavia, Bullied Luke, and others, showing parents what the various types of depression and anxiety might look like in teens, offering the key to understanding each type, and how to "turn the key" to unlock the door to healing.
While Murray doesn't give any easy answers, he shares much wisdom and practical advice. When taken seriously and prayerfully, parents are sure to find hope for the journey with their anxious and/or depressed teen. The book provides a starting place for open communication and practical steps to healing.
Note: I received a copy of the book in exchange for this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.