We’ve all been sad, but have it’s another thing to be in sorrow. One well known preacher known to have suffered from extreme sorrow is Charles Spurgeon.
Zack Eswine has written a book that not only shows us Spugeon’s experience and struggle with it. Eswine has also written a book to help others understand and visualise what it is like to be undergoing through such sorrows.
First Eswine helps the readers understand what depress is, he writes out in detail, as one who suffers from such depression, and also quotes liberally from Spurgeon, to help us have a grasp of what it is like to be in sorrow. He helps readers who are unfamiliar or unacquainted with depression to see what it is, and how is it difference from merely being sad.
Next, Eswine dispenses advices to those who wishes to help those who are suffering from depression. He practically deals with the questions that often surface in the minds of those who suffer. Eswine deals with these questions by bringing to mind the grace that is offered to all found in the gospel.
Lastly, Eswine gives some light to those who suffers. Eswine understands that it will be a long, tiring and uphill battle to battle against sorrow. But Eswine still help these people to see the purpose and benefits these sorrows bring to their christian life.
I have found this book to really help me understand, in part, what it is like to be under sorrow. These people are certain not just sad, simply advice to tell them to smile more, or be more happy will not do. Only the gospel offers them real hope. And that is what this book is really about. It would be most helpful to those who are currently suffering from depression. You realise that you’re not alone in this, and that God has not given up on you nor has He turned His back on you. Similarly, if you wish to have a glimpse of what depress is like, or hope to know what kind of advice or encourage you can give to one that is suffering. This is the certain one book you have to read.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review