Friday, March 18, 2005


Ed Welch is the Director of the School of Biblical Counseling at CCEF and Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is also the author of two of the best articles I've ever read on depression. For a long time I've wished that they were online for free, but they aren't.

Now I see, though, that he has written on entire book on the subject: Depression: A Stubborn Darkness--Light for the Path. Here are some endorsements:

Help, hope, focus and vision...most of all, a renewed excitement for the wealth of wisdom in the Word of God! That's how I felt when I finished the last page of Ed Welch's book. Having wrestled through years of depression when I was first spinal-cord-injured, it was Biblical insights which finally dissipated the fog of my feelings. Thank you, Ed, for providing fine-tuned focus on the Word of God and the principles which give light to our dark path."

Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends

No other Christian book on depression is as compassionate, comprehensive, Christ-centered and practical as this.

Paul David Tripp, Author of Age of Opportunity, War of Words, and Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands

There are many books out there on depression, but Ed Welchs biblical depth makes his perspective unusual, fresh, deep and wise. Ed has thought long and hard—and biblically—about the multi-layered problems of depression. You will find nothing else like it. And Ed has done more than think about a problem. He loves people who struggle with depression. They arent cases or diagnostic categories. They are only-too-human strugglers. His sympathy and gentleness with people make his insights into people truly helpful.

David Powlison, lecturer in Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary

You can read chapter 1 online for free and order it from Amazon.