Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter

Introduction by J. I. Packer, Notes by Michael S. Lundy

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Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter

Introduction by J. I. Packer, Notes by Michael S. Lundy

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Practical wisdom for dealing with depression. 

Depression—whether circumstantial and fleeting or persistent and long term—impacts most people at some point in their lives. Puritan pastor Richard Baxter spent most of his ministry caring for depressed and discouraged souls, and his timeless counsel still speaks to us today. In this book, psychiatrist Michael S. Lundy and theologian J. I. Packer present Baxter’s writings in order to comfort, instruct, and strengthen all who struggle with depression.

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Product Details

Category: Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 192
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 7.43 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4206-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4206-0
ISBN-UPC: 9781433542060
Case Quantity: 64
Published: July 31, 2018

Table of Contents

Preface by J. I. Packer
Part 1: Introducing Richard Baxter

  1. Richard Baxter, Spiritual Physician
    J. I. Packer 
  2. Richard Baxter: Perspective and Retrospective
    Michael S. Lundy, MD 

Part 2: Baxter's Counsel on Depression

  1. Advice to Depressed and Anxious Christians
    Richard Baxter
  2. The Resolution of Depression and Overwhelming Grief through Faith
    Richard Baxter 

Appendix: The Duty of Physicians
Richard Baxter
General Index
Scripture Index


“Richard Baxter was a skilled psychologist as well as a theologian. In this book are some of his writings on depression. J. I. Packer is a modern theologian and lifelong student of Baxter. Michael Lundy is a clinical psychiatrist who has modernized the texts of Baxter. The result is an unusually instructive book of practical wisdom that will be a great help to pastors and others who are called to give counsel to the downcast.”
Paul Helm, Former Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, King’s College London

“Here you will find two treasures for the price of one: consultations with a practicing psychiatrist (Michael Lundy—who, by definition, is a ‘healer of the soul’) and a distinguished theologian (J. I. Packer—who especially loves authors whose theology engages what used to be called ‘the cure of souls’). But, in fact, it turns out to be three treasures for the price of one, as a doctor of medicine and a doctor of philosophy together highlight the wisdom of the remarkable pastor-theologian Richard Baxter. Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life is simultaneously a manual for pastors and counselors, a resource for study groups, and a thesaurus of wise spiritual counsel for those who struggle and for those who care about them. A few consultations with the soul-physician group of Packer, Lundy, and Baxter will be medicine for your soul!”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“A threefold cord is not quickly broken. In this book, J. I. Packer and Michael Lundy team up with the great Puritan Richard Baxter, who was truly a physician of souls, to offer Christians much-needed help on the thorny spiritual realities of depression and anxiety. Few, if any, Christians are unfamiliar with the pain of anxiety and depression. Few, if any, will fail to be immensely helped by the guidance offered in these pages.”
Mark Jones, Senior Minister, Faith Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, Canada