Depression, a Stubborn Darkness by Edward T. Welch

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Welch has written a helpful book dealing with a common problem—depression. He writes of depression’s many causes, examines the causes in the light of Scripture and presents a biblical response.

One surprising lapse in Welch’s biblical approach to depression is his apparent acceptance of low self-worth and self-image as being one of its causes (pp. 176, 177, 179, 181, 183). Nothing in Scripture teaches such a view and, given Welch’s background and association, I was mystified that he takes this perspective.

The book, while satisfying in many ways, also lacked a systematic approach. It seemed difficult at times to follow Welch’s thoughts toward a good conclusion. Depression read at times more like a textbook. It is truly a valuable volume but to me at least, it did not go quite far enough. It is probably more helpful for teachers than for someone actually struggling with depression.

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