Did you know that our church has a blog? We’ve entitled it “Overflowing Grace Today: Blogging on News, New Things, and New Life through a Gospel Lens”?
One concrete expression of the vision for the blog is book reviews/summaries. If you’ve read a great book and would like to summarize it through a gospel lens, your contribution to the blog is enthusiastically welcome! To that end, here is the first one.
I’ve shared publicly that I’ve been experiencing depression. The experience has been a learning curve for me. Some of that learning curve has been a “reminder” curve, too. God has reminded me through the church body–the New Community born of the gospel–that he cares for me. One important way I experienced this care was through a good friend’s recommendation of Zach Eswine’s Spurgeon’s Sorrows. This book has given me some language for my depression. What’s more, it has also given me the example of a fellow sufferer in the story of Spurgeon. But most importantly, it has pointed me to Jesus and his gospel as the great bridge between my hopes and my pains.
It’s no secret that Charles Spurgeon, dubbed “the prince of preachers” in the mid 1800s, struggled openly with depression. Spurgeon applied the gospel to depression often in his sermons. Eswine has taken the time to glean Spurgeon’s thoughts and applications of grace from Spurgeon’s sermons to the state of depression. The result is a short but substantive, practical yet theological reflection on what depression is, how to help those who suffer, and how to cope daily as the sufferer. I keenly commend the book to you whether you are a sufferer or have someone in your life who is suffering.
I take inspiration from a blogger on www.gospelcoalition.com. He writes book summaries by providing twenty quotes from the book. So below is my offering of not twenty but twenty-one quotes to you from Spurgeon’s Sorrows (sorry, I couldn’t decide which last quote to put on the chopping block!). The quotes are a mix of Eswine’s and Spurgeon’s thoughts. You can pick up a copy of the book here.