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~READ BOOK ♊ Christians Get Depressed Too ♕ Many Christians Mistakenly Believe That True Christians Don T Get Depressed, And This Misconception Heaps Additional Pain And Guilt Onto Christians Who Are Suffering From Mental And Emotional Distress Author David P Murray Comes To The Defense Of Depressed Christians, Asserting That Christians Do Get Depressed He Explains Why And How Christians Should Study Depression, What Depression Is, And The Approaches Caregivers, Pastors, And Churches Can Take To Help Those Who Are Suffering From It With Clarity And Wise Biblical Insight, Dr Murray Offers Help And Hope To Those Suffering From Depression, The Family Members And Friends Who Care For Them, And Pastors Ministering To These Wounded Members Of Their Flock
9 10 excellent This brief book is ideal for Christians who want a better understanding of the roles of the spiritual, the physical and the psychological in depression and anxiety In six short chapters only 100 small pages in total , Murray guides readers away from extremes, and to a balanced, biblical position that helps sufferers and carers understand depression, its causes, and what can be done to help I ve bought multiple copies, as I know it will be useful to give to many others. Is it a sin problem or a sinus problem I have noticed that when I am sick, so is the Holy Spirit The fruit of the Spirit seems to spoil when I don t feel well I am not saying that it s ok to sin because I don t feel well Sin is not ever justified Sin is always a choice However, we are complicated creatures The physical, emotional and spiritual are intertwined Sometimes there are physical reasons I don t feel spiritual Sometimes there are emotional reasons I don t feel good And sometimes there are spiritual reasons why my emotions are off How does this play into depression This is the theme of David Murray s small book Christians Get Depressed Too Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan Although he is a professional theologian, he writes with a pastor s heart Anybody who has ever struggled with depression or has cared for someone who has been depressed should read this book In six chapters, Murray deals with the crisis, complexity, condition, causes, and cures of depression and concludes with some advice for caregivers Murray advises balance He wants to avoid dogmatism Unfortunately, Christian preachers and writers have often taken a dogmatic attitude into areas where the Word of God is not dogmatic p 11 We should seek humility There are two extremes when it comes to dealing with depression One extreme is that the causes are all physical This leads to medication being the preferred solution The other extreme is that the causes are all spiritual Jay Adams, the founder of the Christian counseling movement, popularized this Amiddle of the road approach is best represented by according to Murray the CCEF Christian Counseling and Education Foundation The fall brought sin and sickness If other parts of our body can get ill, why can t our brains Isn t it an organ just like our hearts and livers We take medications all the time to fix chemical imbalances Sometimes this is necessary for the brain However, sometimes the problem isn t chemical, it is spiritual The challenge is to discern which is which This book strives to help us ask the right questions Certainly there arein depth books on this complicated subject However, I would recommend this book as a good primer. Very helpful resource A short and necessary read For twelve years Murray served as a minister in northwest Scotland, which contains some of the highest rates of depression in the world He writes, then, not as a dispassionate observer, but as a caring pastor serving hurting people His pastoral sensibilities and insights certainly emerge in this brief work and provide much of the value for it Murray s book contributes a helpful and charitable counterbalance to those trained in the NANC counseling method But he is no respecter of counseling schools of thought, for he also takes issue with CCEF on occasion The book is addressed to the depressed person as well as to those caring for the depressed It s fardescriptive than prescriptive, and farintroductory and pastoral handbook like than exhaustive and definitive As a good Presbyterian or a bad one , the author engageswith the Westminster Confession and historical theology than he does with the Biblical text Helpful to be sure, and certainly not neglectful of Scripture, it simply unpacksof the WCF than it does the sacred text The result is he may fall victim to his own critique, viz that much of the counsel and approach to the depressed arises from personal experience rather than medicinal or biblical reality There are still questions unanswered for me, but as a minister I am thankful for the work Murray has done here and will certainly recommend it to friends and congregants It will free minsters and congregants from some false guilt and point us all to the only one who was truly forsaken and abandoned so that we don t have to be. Excellent, balanced and short.Murray knows the difference between depression that is physically or chemically caused, and depression that irresponsibly mishandles feelings or difficulties Sometimes the two are intertwined Medication can be wrongly prescribed when the cause is spiritual Rebuke can be wrongly administered when the cause is medical.Murray s main point in writing is in the title Christians should not load themselves with false guilt simply for noticing they are depressed Christians can and do suffer from all forms of depression This doesn t mean it is always a sickness for which they bear no responsibility, but sometimes it is His main point leads Murray to argue against assuming as a default starting point that depression has a sinful cause That may be where you wind up, but when the counselor starts his investigation from that viewpoint, it can harm the one suffering.Being diagnosed with depression doesn t mean God doesn t love you One of the best parts of the book is the way Murray applies a Reformed view of God s sovereignty to depression God afflicts us with diseases and difficulties for a reason a holy reason that is for our good, though we cannot see it.The church does not handle afflictions like this well How do you raise and face deeply personal problems publicly, and live with them for years, when they have no simple solution The church needs to extend and show much patience and love through this.Murray offers lots of practical help in a short space, for the sufferer and their caregivers both Highly recommended. This book takes a balanced look at the physical, psychological, and spiritual components of depression The writer does not at all deny the possibility of sin as one possible contributing factor to depression However, those who believe the only explanation for their depression is their own wrong behavior and are thus trapped in a cycle of guilt and further hopelessness will be most helped by this book It is succinct and clear enough to help both those going through depression and those pastors spouses friends who are trying to bring help and counsel to someone going through a difficult time. A nice short very practical book One of his key points is that depression is not always or even most of the time related to sin and we should not be so quick to assume so Yes, it may be but we need to respond to folks dealing with depressionthe way we respond to our kids when they re sick or have a broken arm My son may have busted his arm because of foolishness but that does not give me room to have no compassion on him. Today s Church has been beset with numerous challenges Few have been so distressing as the problem of depression Good people are weighed down with their own depression or perplexed about that of friends and family members In some sectors of the Church, this is complicated by a stigma associated with depression Sin ultimately causes depression, it is assumed And the conclusion follows that good Christians don t get depressed.To counter these notions about depression, David P Murray has written an incredibly helpful book entitled, Christians Get Depressed Too Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, has encountered depression in ministry and personal contexts enough to be both well versed on the topic and sensitive to the need for sound resources The book he has written is intentionally short since depressed people cannot read hundreds of pages pg xi It serves as a resource for caregivers as well as a source of hope for the depressed who consciously decide they want to get better.Murray explains what depression is and what it signifies He counters the approach which assumes as a default that behind most bouts of depression lie hidden sin problems The picture is muchcomplex than that, he claims He exposes the faulty thinking patterns which often contribute to depression, and finds examples of such thinking, and even the depression which results, in the lives of people in Scripture In defense of the physiological nature of much of depression, Murray appeals to Puritans such as Richard Baxter.On the role of medicine, Murray finds two unhelpful extremes too much dependence on medicine, and the aversion of any use of it at all Along these lines, he says Treating a depressed person with medication is often no different from giving my eight year old daughter one of her many daily injections of insulin for diabetes I am not merely alleviating symptoms, but addressing the cause depleted insulin due to dying or dead cells in her pancreas And if she is lethargic, weepy, or irrational due to low sugar levels, I do not ask her what commandments she has broken or what issues of meaning and relationship she has in her life I pity her, weep for her, and thank God for His gracious provision of medicine for her pg 64 65.This is not to say, Murray merely refers Christians suffering from depression to their local psychiatrist Rather, he offers an abundance of help from the Scriptures on how to correct thinking patterns and learn to receive even depression as a gift from God s very hand He points to a little remembered passage where Scripture says, God left Hezekiah, that he might know all that was in his heart 2 Chron 32 31 Murray elaborates This is not an objective leaving, but a subjective leaving God withdrew Himself from Hezekiah s spiritual feelings so that he lost his sense of God s presence, protection, and favor But God had a wise and loving purpose in this Sometimes God may wisely, temporarily, and proportionately withdraw the sense of His favor and presence to remind us of our state without Him and to lead us to greater thankfulness and appreciation for Him He may do this by lovingly afflicting our brain, disrupting it s chemistry and electricity, just as He does when He lovingly afflicts one of His dear children with epilepsy, or any other disease pg 65.This small book of 120 or so small sized pages, will prove an immense help to both caregivers and those suffering from depression It is a primer on depression and in it, Murray offers a careful list of recommended resources, for those looking to continue their study of this topic The book s attractive cover, and handy, almost pocket size, make it an ideal book to giveaway to friends dealing with this issue I ve already loaned or given out copies of this inexpensive book, and plan on using this as a resource for years to come. An intentionally small book on the various aspects and factors of depression Murray does an excellent job of taking a balanced, yet biblical, approach to the topic Almost everyone is affected in some way by depression and this book has value for all.