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Jesus Wept [Hardcover]

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Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.1" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 13, 2009
Publisher   Jossey-Bass/A Wiley Co.
ISBN  0470371951  
EAN  9780470371954  

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Discusses ways that religion can provide comfort to people suffering from depression and fears of having displeased God that Christians may encounter during long-term struggles with this illness.

Publishers Description

In the first book to discuss depression from a faith perspective, Barbara Crafton expertly weaves personal stories and helpful resources to explore depression as it is affected (for both better and worse) by Christian faith. She contends that it is harder for people of faith to come to terms with depression since they may attribute its causes to something they have done, rather than to its true root in physiology and genetics. This is a book people will want to buy for themselves and give loved ones who are suffering from depression and wondering where God is during their pain and suffering.

Barbara C. Crafton (Metuchen, NJ) is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and author. She is the founder and head of the Geranium Farm (, an online institute for the promotion of spiritual growth.

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Highly recommend  May 28, 2010
When this book arrived, I read it in one afternoon because the author's descriptions of her depression, what it did to her, how she coped, and is still coping with this disease echoed so many of my own internal dialogues. I was in my 50's before I finally got treatment for recurrent major depression and anxiety disorder, mainly because I was brought up to believe that a good person who was "right with God" could pull herself out of the morass without outside help. I love this book. I re-read it and highlight passages and recommend it to anyone who doubts their depression is a real disease with which "good" people need help and medication.
Jesus Wept  Mar 8, 2010
My wife and I have both found this to be a excellent book. It addresses the relationship between church and the church's views on depression, and other mental illnesses..
Jesus Wept  Aug 26, 2009
Barbara Crafton's writing is always spiritually and psychologically deep, warm and approachable, insightful and relevant, and packed with images of New York or New Jersey or Florence in a way that invites the reader right into her space in those places. In Jesus Wept, she combines her own experience of serious depression with the wisdom of people over the centuries, from St. John of the Cross to Gerald May, as she addresses the issues that people of faith are inclined to struggle with when they encounter darkness rather than joy in their lives. The book is both easy to read and profound, equally good for a person who is experiencing depression and trying to sort out questions of faith, and for a person close to the depressed individual.
faith, candor, and wisdom  Jul 16, 2009
The night that my first child was born, I remember calling my mother with the good news; she herself had news of her own. She had just been admitted to the hospital for clinical depression at the age of sixty-two. We couldn't have known it at the time, but that night was the start of a long, slow slide that didn't end until twenty years later when she died. My mother was a compliant patient with her doctors, and many people of faith and family prayed for her, but no treatments or medications ever freed her from her darkness.

Clinical depression is horrible for anyone, but as Barbara Crafton shows in her wise book, it presents extra conundrums for people of faith. Many try in vain to pray it away. Others search for some didactic purpose sent by God. Some attribute the plague to demons, whether real or figurative. The pious platitudes are endless. Well-meaning friends can suggest that taking medications constitutes a lack of faith. The victim experiences their own sense of shame and feelings that their faith is a fraud. And how to stop those harsh voices inside your head?

Crafton combines the personal and the professional to good effect in this short book. She's served as an Episcopal priest for thirty years, and she's suffered as a victim of depression. She takes a nuanced and careful position toward her subject. We know the constellation of factors that can surround depression, like overwork, lack of exercise, brain chemistry, family history, and traumas; but we also know that for many sufferers, depression remains uninvited and inexplicable, no matter what they try. Symptoms are deeply personal and vary widely, and so do the "ideological molds into which individual experiences of depression are poured" (83).

Crafton writes at length and with candor about her own experiences of depression as a person of faith and a counselor to parishioners; she also includes extensive descriptions by other victims of depression. She explores the dark night of the soul, family history, suicide, electro-convulsive therapy, Mother Teresa's profound darkness in the book Come Be My Light (2007), and centering prayer. In her view, there is no reason to separate or place in conflict divine aid and human therapy. What people of depression need, she says, are both compassionate truth-tellers and competent care givers. Avoid quacks of faith and medicine. This is a wise book that I highly recommend, along with several others: Against Depression (2005) by Peter Kramer, Acedia and Me (2008) by Kathleen Norris, and Kathryn Greene-McCreight's Darkness Is My Only Companion; A Christian Response to Mental Illness (2006).
Jesus Wept  May 30, 2009
This is an excellent book and one I will use often in my church. I believe we remained silent far too long on this difficult and often deadly disease of depression.

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