Richard WinterIVP Books
, 2012, 224 pp., $15
Decades of professional experience working with people suffering with depression and other clinical disorders, as well as a personal bout with depression, make Richard Winter the perfect man to write this resource. Primarily, When Life Goes Dark
lends itself well to equipping the loved ones or professionals who are trying to help friends and relatives dealing with depression; but the book also may bring hope to a reader who is struggling personally.
Winter's book is broken into two sections. Part One is titled the "Roots of Sorrow" and deals mainly with the symptoms and characteristics of these various ailments connected with depression. Part Two is titled "Coping with the Dark and Moving Toward the Light." This is where Winter offers the real light at the end of the tunnel.
Winter's perspective is distinctly biblical as should be expected from a professor of practical theology. He takes extra time to investigate where and when a Christian perspective deviates from the secular psychiatric.
If you're looking for a book to help you learn how to help those suffering with depression, this will offer you valuable insight medically, psychologically and spiritually.