This book, This Side of Darkness, illuminates and exposes the horrific stigma associated with depression and anxiety. Many Christians look down upon the depressed and anxious Christian because they wrongly believe that it is caused from a lack of faith. After all, real Christians don't get down in a constant mood of profound sadness for an extended length of time Real Christians aren't anxious about anything to the point of sickness. Real Christians don't get ulcers from stress, real Christians don't ..........real Christians don't.......... This book reveals what Depression really is and what it is not. It is important for the one suffering with such depth of hopelessness and despair to realize that this "thing" called depression is NOT a spiritual matter but a bio/chemical disease. The depressant (that is what I call us) that is told to "snap out of it" and "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" cannot cure themselves any more than a cancer patient or diabetic can cure themselves without professional help So, with this erroneous ideation that this is a spiritual problem, they, not only have the depression and anxiety to deal with but are pushed deeper into the dark pit with the shame and guilt of thinking that it is a lack of faith and spiritual maturity.
Have you ever heard that depression and anxiety for a Christian is a lack of faith? Please note that it is not a spiritual weakness but a bio/chemical disorder causing the brain to malfunction.