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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (329 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Piper Narrator: Wayne Shepherd Publisher: Crossway Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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It is utterly crucial that in our darkness we affirm the wise, strong hand of God to hold us, even when we have no strength to hold him.
-John Piper

Piper examines depression from a spiritual perspective, guiding and encouraging those for whom joy seems to stay out of reach. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jlnpeacock | 1/18/2014

    " This is a brief work on depression. It is helpful if one is dealing with people who truly suffer from depression. There are many practical applications. It increases one's sympathy for those who are unable to overcome depression. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine | 1/14/2014

    " Very short book about ways to bring God's joy into your life when you are feeling lonely, empty or blue. I really didn't learn anything new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 12/28/2013

    " I love Piper, I have two other books from him, Faith in Future Grace and When I don't desire God. This book could've been the last chapter of the former. Great for trusting in God through our low moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wade | 12/26/2013

    " A very solid and short book on dealing with depression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin Cook | 12/17/2013

    " Great book that dives into some of the theology behind depression, grief, and suffering. Very helpful and biblical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Sherwood | 12/13/2013

    " One of the best books I've read on depression. Empathetic, truthful and practical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Risner | 12/6/2013

    " Short. Pastoral. Very Helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 11/29/2013

    " Very good introduction to the causes and cures of depression. Also contains references to more in-depth treatments of certain subjects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 10/27/2013

    " Very helpful, though too short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan McWhite | 12/23/2012

    " Very short, can be read in an afternoon. Priceless pastoral thoughts on what people can do who are really stuck in a valley; in a spiritual or emotional funk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 4/30/2012

    " Good book with basic information. I wish there was more, however since this is only the size of a large pamphlet, don't expect lots of detail. Piper does point people to his other books Desiring God and When You Don't Desire God for more information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 3/15/2012

    " So grateful that desiringgod.org provides this book as a PDF file, free of charge. There's lots of biblical advice and encouragement for those struggling with depression. It's given me a lot of food for thought, and also gave several simple and practical suggestions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Stock | 2/24/2012

    " As someone who has struggled with severe depression, I wish I would have known about this brief, wisdom-packed book while in the midst of some of my rougher times. This is one I will keep right by my Bible to refer to if ever I happen to need encouragement in the midst of a dark period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Alvarado | 10/10/2011

    " Piper is extremely empathetic and balanced, giving good dose of truth and the Gospel and pragmatism yet not attempting to present a mere recipe. A short read well worth it. This is much more focused and goes further than the section in "When I Don't Desire God". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 10/10/2011

    " I suffer with minor depression occasionally, and had a year-long bout of moderate depression in my past... I can't say that I found this book terribly helpful or encouraging, it was just ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 9/29/2011

    " A short read and helpful for times when I may feel down, but also to help me when I need to encourage others during low times. I found this book and many others written by John Piper at DesiringGod.org where you can download books for free. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Woody | 7/31/2011

    " A decent look about how to fight for Joy in Christ when there is deep spiritual or phyisical darkness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zack Giljum | 5/29/2011

    " When the Darkness Will Not Lift is a book that helps the reader diagnose their problem, and understand the solution to it. Piper makes certain to follow up every claim and suggestion with Biblical references (in-context) which discretely reveals to the reader the location of the solution: Scripture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 11/8/2010

    " John Piper at his briefest and best. Can be read in an hour or two, but because it's based on his much longer book, still very sound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 10/14/2010

    " Piper is extremely empathetic and balanced, giving good dose of truth and the Gospel and pragmatism yet not attempting to present a mere recipe. A short read well worth it. This is much more focused and goes further than the section in "When I Don't Desire God". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jlnpeacock | 7/21/2010

    " This is a brief work on depression. It is helpful if one is dealing with people who truly suffer from depression. There are many practical applications. It increases one's sympathy for those who are unable to overcome depression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 10/30/2009

    " I love Piper, I have two other books from him, Faith in Future Grace and When I don't desire God. This book could've been the last chapter of the former. Great for trusting in God through our low moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Satchell | 10/19/2009

    " Helpful for the dark moments in life just as the title describes. It doesn't promise to bring you out of it; it promises to tell you what you need to hear while you're in it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ilona | 9/24/2007

    " Last chapter of "When I don't desire God. How to fight for joy"
    "Our faith rises and falls. It has degrees. But our security does not rise and fall. It has no degrees."
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wade | 8/24/2007

    " A very solid and short book on dealing with depression. "

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About the Author
Author John Piper

John Piper is founder and teacher of DesiringGod.org and chancellor for Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis. For thirty-three years, he was pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God and Let the Nations Be Glad!

About the Narrator

Wayne Shepherd’s voice is heard widely in Christian radio and television, as well as numerous audiobooks and special projects. With nearly forty years of broadcast experience, Wayne serves a growing number of clients as a radio host, interviewer, voice-over talent, and consultant.