It is a staggering fact that according to the World Health Organization, 100 million people are depressed at any one time. Between 1990 and 2000, the number of people in the United Kingdom consulting their doctors complaining of depression more than doubled. Winston Churchill referred to depression as his “black dog,” and Samuel Johnson called it, “this vile melancholy.” When in its grip, Abraham Lincoln described himself as, “the most miserable man living.”
The word “depression” is used to describe a wide range of emotions and conditions ranging from momentary unhappiness to suicidal despair. To complicate matters, its cause and effect encompass every area of our being. The fact that it is so common means that sufferers need not feel ashamed.
But what is depression? We could argue that many people are depressed because their present has lost its meaning and purpose, and their future holds no hope. Yet the Christian—despite having a living relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and the glorious anticipation of heaven—is not immune from depression. The lives of some of God’s greatest servants clearly demonstrate that. This practical guide is the result of the author’s 20 years experience as a local church pastor. Without medical jargon, it deals sensitively with the difficult area of depression; its causes and treatments, and offers a step by step guide to coping.
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- Examines the causes and effects of depression
- Step by step guide to coping with depression
- Shows positives aspects of depression
Praise for the Print Edition
This book has helped me enormously. . . . It has also given me an insight into my own moods and spiritual and psychological conditions. If you want help, and want to be a helper, read this book.
—Cheah Fook Meng, pastor, Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church, Singapore
Well-rounded—a very useful book.
—The Monthly Record
- Title: Depression: A Rescue Plan
- Author: Jim Winter
- Publisher: Day One
- Publication Date: 2000
- Pages: 152
About Jim Winter
Jim Winter has been in the pastoral ministry for over 20 years. He holds a PhD in pastoral psychotherapy and has lectured on Christian counseling. He is committed to the inerancy and sufficiency of the Bible.