Tuesday, January 09, 2007

When the Darkness Will Not Lift

A free PDF of John Piper's book, When the Darkness Will Not Lift, is now available online. Here's the description from the DG site:

Even the most faithful, focused Christians can encounter periods of depression and spiritual darkness when joy seems to stay just out of reach. It can happen because of sin, satanic assault, distressing circumstances, or hereditary and other physical causes. This book, which is an expansion of a chapter in When I Don't Desire God, aims to give some comfort and guidance to those experiencing spiritual darkness.

Readers will gain insight into the physical side of depression and spiritual darkness, what it means to wait on the Lord in a time of darkness, how unconfessed sin can clog our joy, and how to minister to others who are living without light. Piper uses real-life examples and sensitive narrative to show readers abundant reason to hope that God will pull them out of the pit of despair and into the light once again.

Andrew Jones (AKA, Tall Skinny Kiwi) has reviewed it here.

For a fuller treatment, I'd highly recommend Ed Welch's Depression: A Stubborn Darkness--Light for the Path.