Afflictions of the Soul Study Guide is designed to be a chapter-by-chapter companion to the book, Afflictions of the Soul. Appropriate for individuals or groups, this ten-session study includes weekly Bible study, introspective questions, and practical assignments. In Afflictions of the Soul, Dennis Newkirk addresses the question, why is it that some Christians can handle even the most severe trials without losing their faith while others crumble and blame God? He counsels that those who crumble haven't learned how to appropriate biblical truths and God's power and promises in times of suffering. His five anchors of biblical truths offer hope and help prepare us to suffer well to the glory of God. In particular, Newkirk examines some of our dysfunctional reactions to life's problems and suffering-depression, fear, anxiety, and spiritual depression-and offers counsel based on Scripture, decades of helping others cope with these, and personal experience. Newkirk writes not only as a compassionate pastor but also from personal experience, including stories of his own struggles with depression and cancer and his wife's miraculous physical healing. Also included, "For the Facilitator" tips for successfully leading a small-group study.