The Best Biblical Book on Depression

The Best Biblical Book on Depression

Depression is painful. It is a form of suffering. At first, this statement seems to contribute nothing new. It is just restating what you already know. But if you are familiar with Scripture, you should sense a ray of light. Without Scripture’s insights, suffering is random and senseless. When it comes, run fast! But Scripture is about suffering! It has given comfort to millions. It has spawned hundreds of wonderful books that highlight God’s gentle care and Scripture’s probing insights. You can be assured of this: God really does speak in our suffering, and we have good reason to believe that the words he says are good and powerful enough to lighten our pain.

There are many reasons for suffering, but we might never find them all. There is a mystery in suffering, just as there is ultimate mystery at the end of all human investigations. Instead of teaching us how to identify the causes of suffering, Scripture directs us to the God who knows all things and is fully trustworthy. In other words, Scripture doesn’t give us knowledge so that we will have intellectual mastery of certain events; it gives us knowledge so that we would know and trust God.” Edward Welch from Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness

Does that quote bring you hope like it does me? There is purpose in this suffering. It is not for naught. I need not fear that God is wasting this trial. He is using it, He is making me more like Him, He is good always.

This is the first post of what I hope will be many from this particular book. I was gifted this book by someone who told me this was the most Biblical book she had ever read on depression. After getting only a few chapters into it, I wholeheartedly agree. I will be sharing quotes and tidbits I’m gleaning from this book.

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Author: Candace Crabtree

I'm just a messed up mama in need of God's fresh new mercies daily. My husband and I live in beautiful East Tennessee with our 3 children. God has taken me on a journey through the valley of depression and is teaching me to pray the Scriptures as a result. I hope and pray that you will be encouraged whenever you stop by this little place on the web.

7 thoughts on “The Best Biblical Book on Depression”

  1. Candace, I purchased Running Scared by Welch based on your recommendation as well as the quotes you’ve been sharing from this book. I definitely mean to read this one, too, since depression is a persistent part of my life. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Amy, I saw you post about it on your blog! I’m so glad you’re finding his writing helpful. There are sooooo many quotable sections it’s hard to blog through it. People just need the book, right?!!? ha!! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. The quote you put on the picture is so true and so hard to settle in our minds, until we do and then it is so comforting. Thanks for sharing!

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