From the Elders’ Desk: Out of the Blues: Dealing with the Blues of Depression & Loneliness

Monthly Reading Recommendation
March 2016

Out of the Blues: Dealing with the Blues of Depression & Loneliness
by Wayne Mack

From Our Elders:
In writing this book, Wayne Mack notes, “It is my desire… to teach not just those who are struggling with depression on their own but also to instruct those who wish to counsel people with depression” (129). I believe Mack has masterfully accomplished both objectives.

Out of the Blues is an important work. It is certainly among the most helpful for those struggling with depression or those who are counseling others through it. Depression, in its various forms, is a real and difficult struggle. It is so commonplace that it has been estimated that nearly 20% of Americans currently experience depression. Some estimates go as high as 30%, and the rate of depression also increases in America by more than 20% per year. Not only that, but America is presently tied with France and Netherlands for the second most depressed country in the world. Mack himself, after more than thirty years in biblical counseling, admits that he has counseled people through depression more than any other problem (Introduction). That means it is more than likely that there isn’t a single person in the church that isn’t either depressed, or knows someone who is. Unfortunately though, there is very little real biblical help offered to the depressed.

You may not be aware of it, but the Bible actually provides countless examples of mild, moderate, and severe depression — depression that provokes murder, rage, and even suicide. Wayne Mack uses many of these examples as “case studies” to provide biblical perspectives on the causes for depression, as well as the solution. In some cases, God Himself even acted as Counselor; sometimes His counsel was received, and sometimes it was not. That communicates to us how tremendously enslaving depression can be and how impossible to overcome depression can feel. Nevertheless, there is hope for the Christian in the power of God’s Word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

As you minister, you will find this work to be of great benefit. Mack provides a thoroughly biblical analysis of depression, and also provides genuine and practical solutions that you will find to be of great value.

Matt Tarr

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