From David Murray, author of Christians Get Depressed Too:
This series of films from HeadHeartHand Media presents five Christians with five very different stories of depression and of how God gave them hope and help to recover. Each 35-40 minute episode tells the story of one such Christian. Their reflections are intercut with interview footage from six counselors representing a wide range of Christian knowledge and experience. While the pain of depression is evident, the overall tone is hopeful and practical.
We’re convinced that this holistic and biblical approach to depression will equip churches to minister to depressed Christians with greater understanding, compassion, and effectiveness. The unique combination of narrative and teaching will be a great resource for any individual, family, congregation, or small group, and will serve as a helpful supplement to the book, Christians Get Depressed Too. A new film will be released every couple of weeks and we start this week with Jeni’s story.
Here is the first film:
Here are some more resources on battling depression and ministering to those who do:
- David Murray, Christians Get Depressed Too
- Edward T. Welch, Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness
- Edward T. Welch, Depression: The Way Up When You Are Down (booklet)
- Jeffrey Black, Suicide: Understanding and Intervening (booklet)
- John Piper, When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God—and Joy
- John Piper, “Battling the Unbelief of Despondency” (sermon)
- Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure
- “Depression and the Ministry” (blog series by the Biblical Counseling Coalition and the Gospel Coalition)
For those in ministry, the writings by and about Charles Spurgeon on depression may be particularly valuable:
- Charles Spurgeon, “The Minister’s Fainting Fits” in Lectures to My Students
- Darrel W. Amundsen, “The Anguish and Agonies of Charles Spurgeon“
- John Piper, “Charles Spurgeon: Preaching through Adversity“
- Randy Alcorn on how Spurgeon’s writings on depression helped him go through his own depression in 2007 (part 1, part 2, part 3)
You can find more information on the rest of the series here.