Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet

Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet

by Barbara C. Crafton


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Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet by Barbara C. Crafton

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"What courage it took for this priest and poet to exploredepression in people of faith. Barbara Crafton writes withexquisite nakedness about the futile search for meaning in themeaninglessness of despair. Her own salvation is a beacon to thosewho believe God means them to suffer in order to understand."
Gail Sheehy, author, Passages;Understanding Men's Passages

"Writing well about depression is not nearly as challenging assurviving the beast, but it is still a hard thing to do. Havingwritten about my own depression, I can say with some authority thatBarbara Crafton, a fellow sufferer, writes wonderfully well on thisdifficult topic.... This book offers truth about the devastatingdarkness of this disease and about the hope that makes it possibleto find one's way back to the light. Barbara Crafton offers up hertruth with humor and gritty stories as well as candor and care....May the many who suffer'and those who care for them, read thisbook, shed the shame, and find the new life that awaits them on theother side."
Parker J. Palmer, author, A Hidden Wholeness,Let Your Life Speak, and The Courage to Teach

"Having known the tension of faith and depression in her ownlife, Barbara Crafton offers us wisdom that comes from years ofreflection, of faithful practice, of knowing 'dark is not dark toyou, O Lord.' (Psalms 139:11) She has no truck with pablumChristianity; she knows that faith that does not meet our darkestdays is no faith at all?. Crafton offers sound insight and speaksthe truth in love, offering hope and acceptance to those of us whostruggle with depression."
Mary C. Earle, author, Broken Body, HealingSpirit: Lectio Divina and Living with Illness and BeginningAgain: Benedictine Wisdom for Living with Illness

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470371954
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/13/2009
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 546,964
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and author. She is the founder and head of the Geranium Farm,, an online institute for the promotion of spiritual growth, which publishes The Almost-Daily eMo from the Geranium Farm, read by thousands of people worldwide.

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Table of Contents


Prologue: What We’re Talking About.

1. Jesus Wept.

2. A Learning Experience.


3. I Just Don’t Feel Anything.

4. Trouble in Paradise.

The Magic Kingdom.

5. Charged with the Care of Souls.


6. The Defendant as Prosecutor.

7. This Is My Last Hope.

Electric Poem.

8. Sorrowful Mysteries.

9. The Dark Night.

Inferno, Canto I.

10. Words Fail Me.

11. Wanting to Die.

To Be or Not to Be.

12. The Family Disease.


Further Reading.

The Author.

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Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BKbooklover More than 1 year ago
Just got this book and devoured it in one sitting. Very compelling and thoughtfully written. A great book for anyone who has lived with depression themselves or seen a loved one struggle with it.
Cornelius More than 1 year ago
A compassionate and honest look at depression from one who knows the darkness first hand and has much wisdom to share. Note especially Rev. Crafton's discussion of Mother Theresa who suffered from persistent feelings of joyless separation from God inspite of her faith in God and life of service for the poor. This chapter is brilliantly insightful about the possible undiagnosed depression she suffered from and how "dark night of the soul" theology could be both helpful and not helpful. A nuanced and lyrical analysis without any religious pablum! Reading that can help open the ideas especially of Christians and other people of faith to the dangerous idea that no one who has faith should be depressed. Everyone must read this book! Depression has plagued members of my family--and I am a survivor of two suicides, my nephew and a friend, so it was deeply healing, especially due to its compassionate honesty about depression and how difficult it is to live with it, either for the ones with the disease or someone who love them. Yet, she finds hope.
WillToeffort More than 1 year ago
"Jesus Wept" is written by an Episcopal priests, Barbara Crafton who struggles with her own depression. If you struggle with it and try to care about your spiritual life, this book is hard to put down. I highly recommend it for everyone who is like that. It is by far the best book that I've read on depression.
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