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Dispelling the Myths of Depression

Seeing in the Dark by Gary Kinnaman and Richard Jacobs, MD

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Seeing in the Dark
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I just finished a great book for Christians about depression. It's called Seeing in the Dark: Getting the Facts on Depression and Finding Hope Again.

Let's face it, there's a giant stigma attached to depression amidst believers in the body of Christ. Among Christians, there's an even bigger sense of shame associated with taking medication for depression. These disgraces experienced by Christians with depression are dealt with head on in Seeing in the Dark, helping to dispel the myths of depression.

Seeing in the Dark is written by two Christian men, Gary Kinnaman and Richard Jacobs, MD. Kinnaman is a senior pastor with first hand knowledge of depression, as he himself suffers from mild chronic depression. Richard Jacobs is a medical doctor whose wife has struggled with bouts of severe depression. Together they present the facts on depression and offer hope-filled, practical and biblical advice to Christians surrounded by misconceptions about depression.

What impressed me most about this book was the balanced approach presented for depression treatment. Medication, professional counseling, psychotherapy, prayer, Christian fellowship, and Bible reading all play a vital role in the treatment of depression. It is a strategic book for dealing with every area of the depressed person's life--the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.

I will recommend this book to anyone personally impacted by depression.

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