Companions in the Darkness: Seven Saints Who Struggled With Depression and Doubt
:The church's relationship with depression has been fraught: for centuries, depression was assumed to be evidence of personal sin or even demonic influence. The depressed have often been ostracized or institutionalized. In recent years the conversation has begun to...
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:The church's relationship with depression has been fraught: for centuries, depression was assumed to be evidence of personal sin or even demonic influence. The depressed have often been ostracized or institutionalized. In recent years the conversation has begun to change, and the stigma has lessened-but as anyone who suffers from depression knows, we still have a long way to go. In Companions in the Darkness, Diana Gruver looks back into church history and finds depression in the lives of some of our most beloved saints, including Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King Jr. Without trying to diagnose these figures from a distance, Gruver tells their stories in fresh ways, taking from each a particular lesson that can encourage or guide those who suffer today. Drawing on her own experience with depression, Gruver offers a wealth of practical wisdom both for those in the darkness and those who care for them. Not only can these saints teach us valuable lessons about the experience of depression, they can also be a source of hope and empathy for us today. They can be our companions in the darkness.
Chuck DeGroat is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. He is also the author ofLeaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places
Diana Gruver (MA, Gordon-Conwell) writes about discipleship and spiritual formation in the every day. She previously worked as a writer and editor for Culture and Youth Studies, and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.
- :introduction: Defining The Darkness
- 1. Out Among The Pigs: Martin Luther
- <em>flee Solitude, Drink, Joke, And Jest</em>
- 2. Under The Floorboards: Hannah Allen
- <em>attend To Body, Mind, And Spirit</em>
- 3. A Barren, Unprofitable Wretch: David Brainerd
- <em>leave A Legacy Of Faithful Weakness</em>
- 4. Deep In Unfathomable Mines: William Cowper
- <em>embrace The Rescue Of Art And Friendship</em>
- 5. Singing Like A Nightingale: Charles Spurgeon
- <em>cling To The Promises Of God</em>
- 6. A Cheerful Dog In The Master's Footsteps: Mother Teresa
- <em>follow Jesus, Not Your Feelings</em>
- 7. Weary In Desolate Midnight: Martin Luther King Jr.
- <em>drink From The Reservoir Of Resilience</em>
- Conclusion: The Water Is Deep But The Bottom Is Good
- Appendix: When One You Love Is In The Dark
- Brief Biographies Of The Companions