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Companions in the Darkness: Seven Saints Who Struggled with Depression and Doubt Spiral-Bound | November 24, 2020

Diana Gruver, Chuck DeGroat (Foreword by)

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The church's relationship with depression has been fraught, and we still have a long way to go. Drawing on her own experience with depression, Diana Gruver looks back into church history and finds depression in the lives of some of our most beloved saints, telling their stories in fresh ways and offering practical wisdom both for those in the darkness and those who care for them.

The church's relationship with depression has been fraught: for centuries, depression was assumed to be evidence of personal sin or even demonic influence. The depressed have often been ostracized or institutionalized. In recent years the conversation has begun to change, and the stigma has lessened—but as anyone who suffers from depression knows, we still have a long way to go.

In Companions in the Darkness, Diana Gruver looks back into church history and finds depression in the lives of some of our most beloved saints, including Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King Jr. Without trying to diagnose these figures from a distance, Gruver tells their stories in fresh ways, taking from each a particular lesson that can encourage or guide those who suffer today. Drawing on her own experience with depression, Gruver offers a wealth of practical wisdom both for those in the darkness and those who care for them.

Not only can these saints teach us valuable lessons about the experience of depression, they can also be a source of hope and empathy for us today. They can be our companions in the darkness.

Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Original Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192 pages
ISBN-10: 0830848282
Item Weight: 0.5 lbs
Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches

"Through so many people's stories, I've come to understand that a great hardship of depression is the conviction that one suffers alone. This book contradicts that lie, not only with the author's own story but with the words of admired Christian leaders. If you live with depression, you can find hope, comfort, helpful ideas, and people like you in these pages."

-Amy Simpson, author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission

Diana Gruver (MA, Gordon-Conwell) writes about discipleship and spiritual formation in the every day. She serves as a writer and communications director for Vere Institute, and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.