This book is a collection of 21 messages given by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel in London. He is not talking about clinical depression, but about depression in all its forms, including discouragement and general unhappiness.
“Believing as I do that the greatest need of the hour is a revived and joyful Church the subject dealt with in these sermons is to me of the greatest possible importance. Unhappy Christians are, to say the least, a poor recommendation for the Christian Faith; and there can be little doubt but that the exuberant joy of the early Christians was one of the most potent factors in the spread of Christianity” (Foreword).
Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a physician who was called by God to preach, so he brings to bear physical issues on the matter. The book is not a quick read, but Lloyd-Jones is unfailingly insightful, biblical and forthright.
He deals with a variety of passages in the Old Testament, the Gospels and Paul’s Letters. He deals with fear, with lack of faith, with God’s discipline, with the spirit of slavery contrasted to the spirit of adoption, with false teaching and wrong beliefs, with growing weary in doing good, and much more.