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When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression

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Depression strikes millions, across all ages and demographic groups. Approximately one in eight will have a severe depressive episode at some point in their life. Women experience depression twice as often as men. And over fifty percent of people with serious depression do not get adequate help. What can be done? Psychiatrist and theologian Richard Winter explores the comp ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 20th 2012 by IVP Books
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Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I needed this. I found it validating. There is so much shame surrounding mental illness, especially within Christianity. Dr. Winters did not deny science or tell Christians struggling with mental illness to simply pray more. He explained what leads to depression and presented practical advice on how to deal with it. I appreciated that Winters touched on the importance of medication and how it may be a necessary tool (not a cure) for those who have a chemical imbalance in their brain. Winters als ...more
Kate McNeal
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Helpful, biblical perspective on the causes of depression and mental health struggles
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful life preserver of advice and comfort when the world feels so dark and lonely. Relatable and well written, not condescending or clinical.
Marina Tavares
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Thoughtful book that touch on different areas that lead us to a depression. Do you know some one that need help? Read this book and help them!!
Brett Barnes
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: seminary
Great overview and help on this topic.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dr. Winters helps readers to understand the delicate and complicated topic of depression from a systemic perspective in a balanced way.
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
It was informative, and I appreciated the Christian perspective, but it didn't go as deep as I was hoping. ...more
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
If we have not experienced depression, we may not understand depression unless we have walked alongside someone going through this. And if we are depressed, we may not always name it as depression, perhaps struggling with a sense that we are not like others. Richard Winter's book is an important contribution for those struggling with depression and for those who care for them.

The first part of the book explores the nature of depression--the experience of depression, bi-polar illness, physical an
David Gill
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In a winsome, helpful way, Dr. Winter addresses the subject of depression, giving hope to those who feel hopeless. His use of Scripture is fair and right...and must-read for pastors and all Christians.
Jenny Fuller
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Even though it is a book about depression I found it very inspirational. The cover states it is about "finding hope in the midst of depression" and I found that to be absolutely true and what the book was ultimately about. ...more
Clare Rea
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Was nice to get a mix of scientific perspective mixed with Christian faith on this difficult subject. The author is very genuine and knowledgable on both counts. First part was slightly more engaging but a good read on the whole.
Mike Jorgensen
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent work. Readable, concise, powerful. Offers a helpful and balanced approach for Christians who struggle with different schools of thought on counseling.
It was nice to read this topic from a Christian perspective.
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