JESUS WEPT : WHEN FAITH & DEPRESSION MEET by BARBARA CRAFTON
Drawing from her personal experiences and those of hundreds of others, Episcopal priest Barbara Cawthorne Crafton explores what it means for a person of faith to suffer from depression. Just as no two people are the same, the experience of depression is u Read more
Drawing from her personal experiences and those of hundreds of others, Episcopal priest Barbara Cawthorne Crafton explores what it means for a person of faith to suffer from depression. Just as no two people are the same, the experience of depression is unique to every individual. Depression's mark on each soul can perplex or even annoy loved ones, friends, and family, while at the same time they want very much to help. All too often religious people face unique challenges when depression sets in. Jesus Wept explains that faith can be enormously helpful and comforting or can seriously hinder the healing process. Communities of faith and ill-advised teachings can leave sufferers feeling abandoned. They wonder, "Where are the joys and comforts of faith and the power of prayer? How can I trust God? My depression is a sign that I have disappointed God!" Offering hope to those who suffer, Crafton shows how a life of faith can bring together unique resources for dealing with the dark night of the soul. The ancient practice of prayer, which has taken sorrow seriously for thousands of years, can be a powerful elixir for the spirit. Supportive religious teachings can offer a powerful hope for resurrection and healing. Faith can build a community that, at its best, enshrines love and welcome to the poor in spirit. Jesus Wept is a valuable resource for those who are finding their way through the darkness of soul and spirit--or for those who care for them. BARBARA CAWTHORNE CRAFTON is a popular preacher, retreat leader, and writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Reader's Digest, Episcopal Life, and other publications. She is the author of many books, including The Courage to Grow Old, Let Every Heart Prepare, Some Things You Just Have to Live With, The Sewing Room, Living Lent, and Mary and Her Miracle." She lives in Metuchen, New Jersey.