Book Review: When the Darkness Will Not Lift
Friday, February 07, 2020
"When the Darkness Will Not Lift " - John Piper
Going through the darkest depression I've ever known, after my world shattered last summer.... I've not been doing well. I asked my Pastor for book recommendations; this was one of them. It's an excerpt of a larger book. It is a quick, 79 page read, but has some great info packed into it.
I'm not going to rate it as I normally do with other books. I'll just say that it did include a few helpful readings for me.
Here are a few things I underlined:
"The greatest and best Christians when they are physically weak are more prone to an attack of spiritual depression than at any other time […]"
"In fact, the darkest experience for the child of God is when their faith sinks out of their own sight. Not out of God's sight, but theirs. Yes, it is possible to be so overwhelmed with darkness that you do not know if you are a Christian, and yet still be one."
"It's not the joy that we have known at times and fight to regain. But it is a fragment of such joy - like a man who sits in prison and pulls out a tattered picture of his wife, or a paralyzed victim of a car accident who watches a video of the day he could dance. Or, even more fragmentary, the joy may lie there only in the cellar of our soul in the form of penitent sadness that we cannot desire God as we ought. Inside that sadness is the seed of what we once knew as joy."