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Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  3,771 ratings  ·  216 reviews
This enduring collection of twenty-one sermons by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, each originally delivered at Westminster Chapel in London, carefully and compassionately analyzes an undeniable feature of modern society from which Christians have not escaped -- spiritual depression.

"Christian people," writes Lloyd-Jones, "too often seem to be perpetually in the doldrums and too oft
Paperback, 300 pages
Published July 21st 1965 by Eerdmans (first published January 1st 1965)
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Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I didn't read all of this book, but more what pertained to me at the time. One thing I really appreciated from Lloyd-Jones was that he didn't throw out that we all have different temperaments. He talked in the beginning of the book about how we are all made differently and have a propensity toward legalism or antinomianism. Toward self-pity or more flaming arrogance. Timid or outgoing. In the "Christian world," I've seen for many years how Christian counselors, pastors, and the like try to make ...more
Natalie Vellacott
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
Great, practical, book. Not full of psycho mumbo jumbo, but down-to-earth and relatable. Well worth reading for all Christians.
Jody Shee
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was written in 1965 and has had a lasting impact on me. The author says that the solution to overcoming depression is to talk to yourself rather than listen to yourself. He mentions several times that you need to take yourself in hand and have a talk with yourself and remind yourself of God. I plan to use some of what he said in an upcoming book I'm writing about depression. ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've had this book sitting on my shelf for years now, as I'd picked it up from a giveaway box somewhere... but only this week did I get around to actually reading it. A collection of 21 sermons originally given at Westminster Chapel in the 1960's, the book dates itself somewhat with the universal use of "man" for humanity, repeated references to the events of the early 20th century, and a formal style with long paragraphs which require concentration to fully appreciate. But given the thought-pro ...more
Darlene Nichols
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, acbc
A series of sermons on battling depression in the Christian life. Every chapter was rich in truth, conviction, and hope. Lloyd-Jones’ no nonsense, right to the point style is what I enjoyed most and what I feel is lacking in many books of the same genre that are written today. I’m looking forward to reading more from him.
Laura Clawson
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
"Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them but they are talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment [in Psalm 42] was this: instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he star ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure by Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a good read. It was very insightful at points, filling my soul with nuggets to chew on, but also hard to plod through at times. For those who dare to take the plunge, you will find great reward for your soul if you stick with it.

Lloyd-Jones writes with great detail, sometimes feeling very laborious, about some of the causes and cures for spiritual depression. Spiritual depression isn’t to be confused with clinical or phycologic
Emily Valentine
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, christian
This book is essential for every Christian to read. This book has helped shape my faith in so many ways and I think I will continue to feel the impact of reading Lloyd-Jones words for the rest of my life. Thankful for this honest and truth-filled book!!
Anthony Hayden
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the most encouraging and challenging books that I have ever read. It is one of the very few books that I have reread multiple times. I have given away more copies of this book than any other... Read it slow, and let it stew in your mind
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This collection of twenty-one sermons by the thoughtful and careful pastor and former doctor D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones has had a profound impact on many in the 60+ years it has been in print. Drawing from scripture, Lloyd-Jones leans into the human struggle with depression and offers spiritual remedies. Spiritual Depression will help the reader whether in seasons of encouragement or depression.

Lloyd-Jones recognizes that offering God’s Word as a remedy for spiritual depression is going to be a toug
Jeremy Fritz
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely one of the best I have ever read! Lloyd-Jones is fantastic in analyzing causes of spiritual depression and malaise, and to every condition, the Gospel is the antidote. Very pastoral, very edifying.

If I were to sum up the book I would say that Lloyd-Jones believes that a depressed Christian is a contradictory phrase because when we are in Christ, there is nothing, no sin, no circumstance that should be taking our joy in Christ away from us.
John Uit de Flesch
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is really a series of messages. If you take it with that in mind (and don’t hold it against the publisher), it will become a gem to you. There is a logical and orderly progression to each chapter. Some vital, life-changing truths are packed within. The chapter on the day-laborers really helped me. Great meat for those who will chew.
Dan Janke
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very practical Christian living advice for everyone.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and, at times, had difficulty putting it down. What was most refreshing about it, is the fact that it addresses depression from a biblical standpoint. If you’re looking for someone to coddle you and walk you through deep-breathing exercises, you won’t find that here. What you will find, is true substance — an in-depth examination of some of the most common causes of spiritual depression along with practical insight based on scripture for how a person may remedy such ai ...more
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm about a quarter of the way through this book, but I've already learned more about God and myself than I have in reading any other Christian book. It is actually a series of sermons the author did back in the 50s or 60s, so as I began reading I was a bit skeptical that it wouldn't apply to today's society. I was completely wrong! Spiritual depression is a huge plague within the church that is destroying our joy as Christians and our ability to minister to the world. We are quick to reach for ...more
Debbie Howell
Dec 06, 2008 rated it liked it
A collection of sermons, first published in 1965. Refreshing in that it's a different perspective from today's Christian publishing marketing/packaging machine, but I found it best to read it one chapter at a time, not in long stretches. At times it had a bit of a "get over it" feel, but as I got further into the book there seemed to be less of that. Lloyd-Jones' use of the term "depression" is a bit different from what comes to mind now--while we would tend to think in terms of clinical depress ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is quite simply life changing. If you are of the introspective, analytical, hesitant, and perfectionist type, like myself, you will feel like Lloyd-Jones somehow climbed into your head and walked around for a while, leaving it a better place. I am so thankful that I picked up this book and will no doubt be re-reading it. Highly recommended!
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read a chapter or two of this book almost every Sunday for the past couple of months. MLJ's sermons have been such a blessing. The book in a nutshell: practice your faith and rest in Christ. But you should really just read it. ...more
Tori Samar
A Christian classic, worth reading regardless of what season of life you find yourself in.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book maybe 7 years ago, but didn't find the desire to read until now ... and I really missed out on some sage advice and spiritual wisdom!

This is a MUST read for every disciple of Jesus Christ's, and especially those who are afflicted with depression and those who seek to offer such counsel.

Each chapter is a self-contained sermon preached by Dr. D Martyn Lloyd-Jones and as such, they reflect the medium when originally given.

I suffer from chronic depression and will be making it a
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
A transcription of a sermon series that Lloyd-Jones preached on the topic of spiritual depression... a term he broadly uses to refer to the soul which is cast down from Psalm 42. The sermons contain great insights from Scripture and helpful applications. Being a transcription of sermons, it was very repetitive and obviously loses some of its preached impact which can make it difficult to read through as a book (thus only 3 stars). But I it this would make a great devotional (each sermon is short ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
It took me a while to finish this book. I’d picked up and put aside many times. It wasn’t until my Sunday School class read it this year that I finally pushed through.

The content is biblical, solid. But it was written just post WWII England. Language, writing style, cultural references all made it hard to follow at times. In addition, some dates thoughts on depression turned me off at first. I’m still not convinced Lloyd-Jones understood clinical depression well, but his advice is not harmful.
Jenna Sanders
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has assisted me in peering into my soul and contemplating reasons for sinning and giving forth solutions to overcome darkness and various sins that have footholds in my life. The answer is always Jesus. ---> “Ah, yes, but why are they morbidly preoccupied with themselves? The answer is that they are not sufficiently occupied with Him. It is our failure to know Him and His ways as we should know them –that is the real trouble. If we only spent more of our time in looking at Him we shoul ...more
Mikeandamy Galdamez
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
God will use this practical and hard-hitting book to search your soul and reveal reasons you lack happiness. It will give you a desire to grow in your faith in Christ so that you will find true and lasting joy in Him. At least that is what it did for me.
Hannah Reeves
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most helpful books I have ever read. Read it slow and take notes. I'm putting this on my shelf of books to read every few years. ...more
Ridge Finn
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read! No matter where you are, the words speak to you recalling you to remember the true joy in the Christian life. Would definitely recommend!
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Took my a little while to finish this book but oh boy this is a very very good and helpful book!
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A friend asked me to read this book with her. So I approached it thinking I also was reading it *for* her. Little did I know how much I needed it myself!

“Spiritual Depression” is a collection of sermons, a series Lloyd-Jones preached within a decade or so of World War II. The transcripts manage to hold on to the conversational tone of the spoken word. And the format makes the subject less academic without making it light or skimpy.

His premise is that we all struggle with spiritual depression, at
Nathan Moore
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a collection of 21 sermons that Lloyd-Jones preached on the topic of Spiritual Depression, a broad term he uses as a sort of catch all for various types of unhappiness in the Christian life. Though I felt introduced to very few new concepts, I have a suspicion that is because I have been taught by many who have been influenced by Lloyd-Jones' teaching.

One of the most helpful concepts he suggests is quite foundational and is the issue of one speaking to himself rather than listening to h
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books on the Christian life that I have ever read. It's a series of twenty-two sermons by D. Martin Lloyd-Jones on the subject of spiritual depression, or the condition of being a downcast, dispirited Christian. He takes the subject logically, working through a number of causes for such a condition, using stories from Scripture as case studies. Topics of discussion include the importance of solid Christian foundations, vain regrets, fear of the future, the place of feelin ...more
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David Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a Welsh Protestant minister, preacher and medical doctor who was influential in the Reformed wing of the British evangelical movement in the 20th century. For almost 30 years, he was the minister of Westminster Chapel in London. Lloyd-Jones was strongly opposed to Liberal Christianity, which had become a part of many Christian denominations; he regarded it as aberrant. ...more

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