Title: Facing Depression:
Exploring its Cause and Cure
By: Dr. William J. Finnigan
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
Facing Depression: Exploring its Cause and Cure by Dr. William J. Finnigan guides readers into a Biblical perspective and cure for depression. His first paragraph packs a punch with staggering statistics from the World Health Organization in that: depression doubles every ten years and by 2020, will be “the most pervasive illness in the world”, coming in second only to heart disease.
With keen insight, Biblical wisdom, and many years of life experience, the author offers readers a practical view pertaining to life challenges with a dismissive view of drugs to be the cure. Inner-attitudes are examined, coupled with Biblical character building examples that provide a well-rounded and scriptural guideline, aimed at understanding the possible “roots” and “cure” for depression.
Three sections lay the foundation of his book Setting the Stage, Surface Causes of Depression and Root Causes of Depression. These examine the “why and how” of depression that includes life disappointments, unattained goals and separation from God. In the latter chapters, coupled with the first chapter, the author sheds light onto understanding identity and man’s purpose on Earth, God-given purpose and discusses one’s identity in Christ. Further issues are covered such as: discouragement, depression, burnout, oppression and lessons from the Wildlife, which offer sound definitions of the above descriptive terms and insights that apply to the secular world, as well as Christian ministry.
For the reader, they will learn of David, Moses and Elijah, some of the Bible’s greats that all experienced deep disappointment and depression. Scripture is intertwined within these pages, giving the antidote for their dilemmas as our example to follow. Furthermore, most importantly the author assists readers in coming to a conclusion of the “why” they might be feeling depressed and gives them the “how” to recover. Helpful strategies provide mental attitudes according to sound scriptural truths to overcome feelings of being blue or being depressed. The Alphabet Keys were most helpful in using the first letter of the alphabet to describe a way out of depression into happiness, peace and joy derived from the viewpoint of living the Christian lifestyle. An amazing read.
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