The Only Depressed Christian
Summary: Depression slowly, yet relentlessly, strangles the quality of life out of its victims. It creeps up so stealthily, never revealing itself, never giving an introduction. It takes and takes; leaving nothing but darkness, confusion, exhaustion and despair. Depression sunk its deep fangs into Andrew. Regardless of how hard Andrew fought using the tools he had--masks, distractions, relationships, new settings, marriage, counselling, advice and even the church, the black dog would not yield. He persistently robbed Andrew of his home, his marriage, his work, his speech and even his life. There was no relief. No escape. This man has a story to tell. It's an important story that teaches us what happens when we as individuals and a society ignore mental illness. Depression knows no bounds. It knows no gender nor race. Are you ready to face the black dog if he comes?
Personal Thoughts: First and foremost I want to point out that Andrew is a Christian. He believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and clings to the Word of God. He would not be here today if that were not the case. Yes, Christians get depressed too! It takes a lot of courage for a Christian to write their own story about their battle with mental illness, and I deeply respect Andrew for it. This book gripped me so completely that I read it in a single sitting--I could not pull myself away. I appreciated that he stressed the fact that becoming a Christian won't cause your problems to vanish. I also deeply appreciated that he often uses the scriptures to back himself up. It is a sad truth that often Christians--even mature ones--can respond so unfeelingly towards the broken.
Andrew's story is climactic in nature. As the disease continues unabated, he honestly shares the immense toll it takes on his body and mind,steadily destroying his life...and I quote," Depressed people ask God's help for the littlest things most people never think of--like climbing a set of stairs or crossing a parking lot. These things can become uncontrollably difficult." Andrew, I think you've done an incredible job at giving the world an intensely personal look into the life of a depressed individual. You've allowed us to walk with you and to read your thoughts while struck with debilitating depression. I hope many read your story.
Quote: "The brain is an organ and it cannot function properly if it is damaged or affected by an illness. When someone has a mental illness they need to receive the same level of medical attention as others with non-mental related issues. Many are still in denial about the reality of mental illness and don't acknowledge how much it can destroy people's health and lives."