Depression is a reality for pastors just as much, it seems, as it is in the wider population here in the UK.
Stephen Kneale has pulled together six other pastors to join him in telling their stories.
After an introduction by the editor, each of the seven men tell of their experience of depression and share what they found helpful or unhelpful in dealing with the experience. A number of the men are suffering from depression still.
It might seem strange to some readers that pastors suffer from depression. After all, you might think, surely they are supposed to have it all together mentally as well as spiritually. These pastors, however, take the view, which I think is right, that mental illness may be the experience of followers of Christ just as physical illness is, because we live in a fallen world.
Reading the stories of these men is sobering. It is difficult, isn’t it, to read about someone harming themselves or even attempting suicide. But that is the reality and we need to face it squarely. This book pulls no punches but tells it like it is.
The authors all write with a very readable style – a product, I guess, of their calling to make truth plain to their hearers and readers – so it is an easy read.