A Christian Classic
Watch out for this book on depression out 17th May 2018 – it has a CS Lewis feel about it and is brilliant. Meynell uses metaphor and some of his personal story to describe the experience of depression. It also offers intelligent theological and biblical reflection on how to navigate the experience, with a note of hope. This is the perfect book for depressed people to hand to loved ones and say, ‘This is what it’s like. This is what helps.”
Whenever I read a book on depression, I steel myself and ask, ‘Is it safe? Or will it clobber you halfway through with platitudes or condemnation?’ This was a relief to read: he writes what he knows, as he lives daily with the battle of depression, and he’s one of the best writers in the world writing on this. His chapter on suicide, reflecting on Paul, was a real highlight for me. It’s the kind of book you underline lots and quote to others. I was honoured to read an early version of this and it gave me goosebumps. It has all the makings of a classic – highly recommended.