Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for Those Who Suffer from Depression
“Pastors, fellow strugglers, spiritual friends, counsellors, caring church members, and you...will find your own soul enriched and, consequently, more effectively equipped to wisely love others through the dark, foggy valleys that believers of all ages have travelled.”– Paul Tautges, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Community Church, Cleveland, Ohio and Author of 'Comfort the Grieving'See All
“Eswine's work demonstrates the value of reading biographies, old books, and sermons. Interacting with godly men and women from church history can be a vital aid to Christian maturity. He handles Spurgeon carefully, yet provocatively at points, and produces a volume that promises to help pastors and laypeople confront the sad terror of the dark night of the soul.”– The Gospel CoalitionSee All
“The river of life often flows through sloughs of despond. Charles Spurgeon knew that well... Ditto Zack Eswine in this unusual, refreshing, sensible book... Read it, and take it to heart.”– David Powlison, CCEF Executive Director, Senior Editor, Journal of Biblical CounselingSee All
Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Community Church, Cleveland, Ohio and Author of 'Comfort the Grieving'
“Zack Eswine’s beautifully crafted Spurgeon’s Sorrows is poetry for the soul. Weaving Spurgeon’s acquaintance with depression with his own, Zack gives language to the honest struggle of the weary. He kindly invites sufferers, and their fellow sojourners, to breathe what is true, offering grace–filled help and real hope. An exquisite book.”–Patti Hawley, Licensed Professional Counselor, Faculty Adjunct, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.See All
The Gospel Coalition
“You can almost taste Spurgeon’s tears in this book. Depression is a barely understood, silent assassin in the church. If you, like me, have succumbed to this debilitating disease, then Zack Eswine’s gentle, poetic, unmasking of Spurgeon’s inner turmoil may become a soothing balm for your soul. It may not heal you, but a healthy empathy emerges when you read about the struggles of a man who has walked down the same dark alleys you stumble along, and somehow found God in the valley of despair. If you don’t struggle with depression yourself, it will help you love those who do!”–Jeremy McQuoidSee All
CCEF Executive Director, Senior Editor, Journal of Biblical Counseling
“The author of this book has given a rare insight into the experience of a ubiquitous problem. As such there is a rich blessing to be found in Spurgeon’s Sorrows.”–Margaret Reynolds, counselor and co–founder of Grace Counseling & Conciliation Services, Auckland, New Zealand.See All
Licensed Professional Counselor, Faculty Adjunct, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.
“Those who draw near as helpers find they are called upon to offer the very grace and kindness which God shows to his people. As God sympathizes with us in our troubles so we are shown what true sympathy looks like.See All
“In an age of quick answers Spurgeon speaks beyond the grave with heart–felt understanding and solace. Those who know the pain of such suffering find in these pages a level of succor for the soul which both normalizes and gives hope. We also see in Jesus one who has been this way and knows how to offer comfortSee All
counselor and co–founder of Grace Counseling & Conciliation Services, Auckland, New Zealand.
“If you find yourself facing ‘the dark night of the soul’ (or caring for someone who is), this book will help you look up and see the stars—the light shining through heaven’s door—and inspire you with the fierce hope that comes from knowing the dawn is surely coming. Poetic, poignant, and platitude–free, this shimmering treasure of a book may literally save your life or the life of someone you love.”See All
author of God in My Everything, Senior Pastor, Tenth Church, Vancouver, Canada.
“I have known of Spurgeon for years, as a gifted and godly preacher, and like most preachers have thought, “I could never preach like that.” But until I read this book I had no idea that Spurgeon was also a melancholy, that he could lift crowds to heights, yet also himself be brought low in his despondent moods. I can say, “I can hurt like that.” What a comfort to know that a great man was very human, a “man of like passions.” The grace that came through his preaching also lifted his soul. It is a comfort to be reminded of that great grace.”See All
President, Leighton Ford Ministries, Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Zack Eswine is a pastor with the mind of a scholar and the heart of a poet. His wisdom gleaned from Charles Spurgeon’s struggle with depression is theologically profound and pastorally lucid. Recommend it to anyone you know who has wondered about depression, about pastoral ministry, or about God.”See All
author of Discerning the Body: Searching for Jesus in the World, Senior Pastor, Boone United Methodist Church, Boone, North Carolina.
“Zack Eswine, like Spurgeon, a preacher, pastor, and no stranger to suffering, has immersed himself in Spurgeons nineteenth century sermons and his experiences of depression to show us a man like ourselves, vulnerable to all sorts of difficulties and losses in life, wrestling with the eternal big questions of the goodness of God, the presence of evil and fragility of body, mind and emotions. There is much encouragement, comfort and practical help to be found in this rich and poetic treasure.”See All
Director of Counseling, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO
“When one views the heroic, uncompromising Mr. Valiant–for–truth, the self–forgetful, issue–driven Controversialist, the ever–public proclaimer of the Bible, the laughing humorist, the ever-flowing stream of edifying literature that was Charles Spurgeon, it is difficult to fit into that profile a man so thoroughly and consistently engulfed in mental and spiritual pain and depression. Yet, the full–dimensioned Spurgeon from early years to final days found dark distress ever hovering on the edges of his mind and sometimes launching an all out assault on his very being. How he managed all this, by the grace of God, both for himself and for others, drives both the gripping content and the riveting literary style of Zack Eswine in Spurgeons Sorrows. Showing both comprehensive and deep knowledge of the sermonic literature Spurgeon produced on this subject, this book is for those in such dark times, those that would seek to understand and help them, and those who have suffered life–changing loss through the inability of someone to escape the clutches of such deceitful darkness.”See All
Tom J. Nettles
Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
“There are few men I trust more to write a book on depression than Zack Eswine. His tears have freed me to embrace my tears, and his story of heartache has taken me further into my own. So Zack hasn’t merely written a book chronicling Spurgeons often debilitating struggles with melancholy and depression; he has given us a grace–full en ramp to understand our sorrows, and an incredibly practical guide for caring for heart-pained friends God places in our lives. I cannot wait to buy many copies of this book to give to strugglers and care-givers alike.”See All
Scotty Ward Smith
Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, TN
“Spurgeon’s Sorrows, a unique and timely volume from the pen of Zack Eswine, pulls from the works of Charles Spurgeon his words on a subject that can no longer be ignored because of its sweeping impaction believers and all of Christendom Depression has moved beyond a series of bad days and seems to grip the hearts of many who claim the name and power of Christ just as it did the great Victorian preacher. The hope of all who experience this challenge personally or within the circle of family and friends is articulated well by Spurgeon and might be summarized in this way: ‘What he found of Jesus in the darkness can serve as a light for own darkness.’ I commend this volume as one worthy of a read, especially by pastors and counselors and by any who suffer from the throngs of despair.”See All
President Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Fort Worth, TX.
“Most Christian books on depression depress me. Though written by well meaning counselors and pastors, they strike a hollow and dispassionate note, especially if the author has never been seriously depressed. Sin and guilt are important things to consider in battling with depression, but idol hunting is not an effective remedy to our profound struggle with our sinful hearts and weak bodies. This book is a very rare and precious gift of encouragement and help. In it two godly pastor–scholars open up their lives to us and share their hearts. Both have suffered profoundly and both have known seasons of deep despair and darkness. Together they bring us to God’s word, helping us to wrestle with the scary fact that our Heavenly Father loves us dearly and sometimes calls us to lifelong struggles with dark despair. I wish I could give this book to everyone I have ever counseled or ever will counsel. It gives us a life changing, gospel saturated perspective on this very prevalent, painful, and confusing problem.”See All
author of Extravagant Grace
Christians should have the answers, shouldn’t they? Depression affects many people both personally and through the ones we love. Here Zack Eswine draws from C.H Spurgeon, “the Prince of Preachers” experience to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. Zack Eskwine brings you here, not a self–help guide, rather “a handwritten note of one who wishes you well.”