I don’t remember for certain, but I think I’ve mentioned this helpful book here before: Richard Winter, The Roots of Sorrow: Reflections on Depression and Hope (Westchester: Crossway Books, 1986). Although it is a bit dated, I found it to be a very helpful resource on the topics of sorrow, melancholy, depression, and other similar things. Winter has also written other books I’ve appreciated, including Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment and Perfecting Ourselves to Death. Listen to this paragraph which reveals one great perspective Winter brings to his discussion of depression and illness:
“…Through our weakness, through the brokenness of our bodies and minds, God is working out his purpose of changing us into his likeness. When we catch a glimpse of God’s perspective [i.e. 2 Cor. 12:8] we learn to deal with the ‘thorns,’ not with cynical resignation or bitterness, but with grief at the fallen world in which we live and joy that we are being changed, and that there is hope beyond death (Rom. 8:18-24). Then there will be no more tears, no more pain, no more death (Rev. 21:4). Until then…there are some things such as physical paralysis or blindness which we cannot change, but we can work to reduce the sharpness and depth of the emotional and mental ‘thorns.'”
To be sure, Winter also talks about these topics: guilt, grief, shame, anger, self-esteem, sin, forgiveness, the church, and sanctification (etc.). While Dr. Winter does interact with non-Christian views on these topics, his views and positions are quite biblical. Even though the book is a little dated, and even if you’re not convinced by everything Winter says in it, I recommend it for those of you who are struggling with guilt, depression, anger (etc.) or if you counsel someone who does. It’s a good resource to have. If you have a counseling shelf, it should be on it.
Before I sign off, I should mention that though I haven’t read it, I just noticed that Winter wrote a different book on depression just a few years ago: When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression. I think I’ll add that one to my list.