Walking Through the Valley
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Written in crisp and clear language, Walking Through the Valley establishes a four-step process that allows pastors to recognize their own depression and deal with it. Robert L. Randall shows pastors how to slow the downward spiral, to hold on and stabilize, to return to the road back to a normal state, and to step beyond depression to transform themselves into better selves. This volume is also an excellent primer for pastors and counselors in their work with persons struggling with depression.
This book provides clear, practical steps from a professional in counseling who has 25 years of experience with depressed clergy and their families. It is written especially for members of the clergy to help them deal with depression in their own lives, as well as dealing with depression in the lives of their parishioners. It provides appendices containing lists of Clergy Counseling Centers and other agencies that provide professional help. Readers will learn how to ease the pain and shame of depression; will be able to transform themselves into stronger, more peaceful, and more understanding selves; and will become better counselors to others who are depressed.
Randall is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor and a licensed clinical psychologist serving as minister of counseling at St. Peter's UCC in Elmhurst, Illinois.