25 Jan Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression | Zack Eswine
2021: Book #6
“After all, for some of us, we’ve been unable to live in any other scene but the one that crushed us. We were brought so low that we never held up our heads again. It’s like we will go from that time forth mourning to our graves. Circumstance haunted us and went on. Depression came but never left. It haunts us still.”
“Sometimes preachers and Christian talkers forget that those who listen to them live with various circumstantial and biological ailments and trials.”
“He does not quit us amid the agony of a fleshly thorn.”
“There are some people who cannot comfort others, even though they try to do so, because they never had any troubles themselves. It is a difficult thing for a man who has had a life of uninterrupted prosperity to sympathize with another whose path has been exceedingly rough.”
These are quotes from Zack Eswine’s excellent book, “Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression.”
Eswine uses the sermons of Charles Spurgeon to create a framework to understand, labor through, and encourage others through depression.
Spurgeon, a renowned preacher from the 1800’s, was preaching one particular Sunday. During the service, a man played a grand hoax. He screamed “Fire! Fire!” The large congregation stormed out of the building killing eight people and injuring more than 20. Spurgeon and his flock entered a season of deep sorrow.
His sermons track his struggle, dependence, and understanding of depression as well as what God may have been trying to accomplish.
Such an encouraging read.
Get this book.
Not just for yourself but so you can struggle along with others.
This book is truly an oasis, especially during a pandemic.
5 out of 5 stars.
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If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.