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Posted: 02/20/12

Book review - Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures (re-issued and enhanced), by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
by Dan Phillips

Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
(Hannibal, Missouri: Granted Ministries Press, reissue of 1965 ed; 300 pages plus CD)

I first read the Eerdmans edition of this book (pretty surely) in the 1980s, and I read out of personal interest. That is, I was depressed. As I have shared, I have battled depression now and again all my life. So the title caught my eye on the shelf of the local Christian bookstore, and I looked to Lloyd-Jones hoping for help.

This classic work has now been reissued by Granted Ministries Press (and provided me for review) in an enhanced edition. That is, the book has the original text, plus a foreword by Geoffrey Thomas, and the terrific bonus of an MP3 audio disk of actual sermons on the topic by the beloved physician himself.

Let's begin with this edition's value-added features. In his Forword, Thomas begins with the assertion, "There was no one in the twentieth century more suited to preach, counsel and write on this subject of spiritual depression than Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones." (I take it that the chronological qualification is meant to exclude Charles Spurgeon, who in the 19th century wrote and preached vividly, evocatively, frequently, and very helpfully on the subject.)
Thomas goes on to substantiate his assertion with eight specific points qualifying Lloyd-Jones for writing this book. A number of these points reflect Thomas' own personal acquaintance with the late Doctor. These specifics form a terrific little study in themselves.
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