A practical workbook for the depressed Christian


A Practical Workbook for the Depressed Christian by John Lockley

Reviewed by Gaius Davies, Consultant Psychiatrist at King's College Hospital, London
I welcome this book, as I did the first edition in 1991. The author has been a GP since 1976 and is described as a writer of three novels and Christian music. Dr Lockley writes out of a wide factual knowledge of depression as well as experience in his work as a family doctor. He thanks 'all those who helped me through my own depression'.

His style is usually chatty, which will help many, and annoy some. He covers the field well. He attacks vigorously the teaching that depression is always due to sin, failure or other spiritual causes. Great good would come if ignorance and prejudice were replaced with facts and sympathy; this book does that well. His own very firm views, however, sometimes jostle unhappily with the consensus views. The book seems to aim to be encyclopaedic and includes exercises for Christians. There are some areas that could be improved. The bibliography is limited: I would like to see added well known names of those who have written in this area like Roger Hurding (Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Studies) and Prof Andrew Sims (Former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists). I hope the author will revise some sections, for example, adequate explanations of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) are missing from this book, and I believe it might be improved by CBT input for the exercises.
The result of covering both the medical views and the biblical issues is a large and heavy book, yet one that is eminently worthwhile to own, especially as a resource for churches and those involved in supporting its sick members. I hope this book will be used widely and although the severely depressed person cannot read anything properly, after recovery he may do so.

Reviewed by:
Gaius Davies
Consultant Psychiatrist at King's College Hospital, London
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    2 Kind thoughts:

    Aisha said...

    This is an interesting book. A lot of people go through depression and it is good to know why they do and how to help them.

    Nancie said...

    Yes, this is a very helpful book. There is still such a terrible stigma associated with depression and other poor mental health even among Christians. I am so glad many books and articles have been written to dispel various myths and encourage people who suffers from depression to seek help. Depression when it has become clinical (more than 2 weeks) is a medical condition that needs to be treated. There are also various things that need to be done to get better and prevent relapses.

    Thanks for stopping by, Aisha. It's nice to have you. Do come by whenever you can. I will visit you too :)


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