A writer observed, “Depression is too insignificant a word for such a terrible malady.” Among some people, for a person to be clinically depressed (now called a Major Depressive Disorder) can only mean the person is out of God’s will.
Acceptable Christian emotions include joy, peace, hope, faith, and victory. Depression is simply not acceptable; not for a Sunday school teacher, a choir director, a pastor, or an elder.
Facts: Depression is real. Depression exhausts. Depression debilitates. Elders, deacons, pastors, music directors, saints – young and old – battle depression.
Seasons of my life are the making of Light in a Dark Place. I’m your tour guide to a difficult place I’d much rather have never visited. For, in my life, the swamp of depression has been a recurring part of what has been a remarkable journey. Light in a Dark Place is intended to do five things:
- Validate depression. Depression is as tangible as diabetes, heart-disease, gout or the flu.
- Explain what it is like to be depressed.
- To elevate the awareness of depression and challenge the over-spiritualizing of the condition.
- Offer practical solutions that may help in the battle with depression.
- Encourage the depressed. My message: you won’t win every battle; I haven’t. But you must decide to fight. If you don’t fight – depression wins. Depression will permanently define your life.
Pre-Release Reviews of Light in a Dark Place
Thanks for being brave enough to share yourself in the writing of Light in a Dark Place. It will surely help those who go through seasons of depression. (Bruce Howell, Global Missions Director – United Pentecostal Church, International)
Light in a Dark Place will be like medicine to those who battle depression. For others, Carlton’s book will help you offer a helpful healing prescription to others. (Roy Barnhill, The Pentecostals – Lumberton, NC)
This book brings to light a subject that has been in the dark corners of the church too long. The light is not overpowering. It is thought-provoking and well balanced. (Scott Breedlove, MS, CPS, MARS; Church Planter; Jefferson City, Missouri)