Book Notices: The Puritans on Spiritual Depression

Published on October 23, 2019 by Benjamin J. Montoya

Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997 | 144 pages

The Puritans on Spiritual Depression: A Brief Bibliography from Books At a Glance

By Fred Zaspel


Many years ago I picked up the (then new) book, The Genius of Puritanism, by Peter Lewis. It was a rather early introduction to Puritanism for me, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. One thing that struck me was the section on spiritual depression – “divine desertions” or “the dark night of the soul,” as the Puritans would describe it. Until then I had no idea the Puritans had thought so long and hard on the subject, and I found Lewis’s summary treatment of it fascinating. The book is available still from Wipf & Stock, and I highly recommend it, both as a helpful introduction to and survey of Puritanism generally and for its most helpful summary treatment of the Puritans on depression.

Below are some selections from the Puritans themselves:

And of course no bibliography on this subject would be complete without a mention of the famous later work by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression: Its Cause & Cures, a classic itself demonstrating Lloyd-Jones’ marvelous gospel-centered approach to the problem.

Depression is a very contemporary problem – you may be surprised how much help is available from our fathers in the faith.

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Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997 | 144 pages

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