“Christian people,” writes Lloyd-Jones, “too often seem to be perpetually in the doldrums and too oft
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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
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
After setting forth his premise that the prevalence of spiritual depression, discouragement and seeming lack of joy among Christians is one of the reasons many modern people fail to be impressed by the claims of Christianity, Lloyd-Jones uses various New Testament passages and examples to explore a wide range of reasons why Christians become discouraged and downcast, and expounds on the Scriptural answers to these problems. He doesn’t discount the role of temperament, genetics, health, diet, and past and present stresses in depression, nor does he claim that a right and Scriptural attitude in every situation will make us feel happy, or even necessarily improve our emotional state at all. But he does offer a lot of comforting and reassuring (and sometimes challenging) reminders of where the believer in Christ stands in relation to God, and God’s desire to bring us into a deeper and fuller knowledge of who He is and what He has done for us.
In short, this book doesn’t offer any easy answers, but it has a lot of excellent, solidly Biblical content and I can see it’s going to be something I dip in and out of quite often in future.
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.