A Few Thoughts About Mental Illness and Depression

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserOriginally written 2011, edited, corrected.At the age of 54, my mother turned a .357 magnum Ruger revolver toward her chest and pulled the trigger. The bullet tore a hole in her heart and in a few moments she was dead. Mom had tried to kill herself many times before. This time she succeeded (please see the post Barbara).When I was 11, Dad had to call for an emergency squad because Mom had taken several bottles of prescription drugs. They rushed her to the hospital and pumped her stomach, and she survived to die another day. Later in the year, Mom and the neighbor lady were in a serious automobile … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Blaming Parents Attitudes?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Bad AttitudeEditor's note: So how do you think Michael's advice here to a wife that feels her husband looks at her with disappointment relates to that horrible honeymoon story of Michael's endless sex, cooking and crabbing he forced Debi to do until she collapsed in the shower? Was that a positive thing, or was he doing some things that could induce some sort of depression? Why would anyone ever head this guy's advice on anything? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Miscarriage is Caused by ‘Emotions’?

by Andrew Wommack at Raw Story - TV Faith Healer: Women Have Miscarriages Because They Don't Obey God's Law About Being Too EmotionalEditor's note: With this piece I think I've seen every imaginable blame assigned to women by Christian Patriarchs now. This is vile and extremely hurtful to the many women who have suffered the pain of miscarriage, particularly those who've lost babies they wanted with all their hearts. Miscarriages happen for all sorts of reasons, sometimes no one knows the why, but emotions don't cause them. What he says at the beginning in the clip on Raw Story about depression and mental illness is even worse. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Selfish Momma Dooms Children?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Broken CirclesEditor's note: Finally Michael goes on to blame men too, but only one short bit calling them 'sissies'. He is also claiming that women that do not toe his theological stay in a bad marriage or else line are depressed and angry. That might be, but staying in a bad situation is way more likely to make you depressed or angry. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Praise God Constantly So The Devil Doesn’t Make You Depressed?

by Colin Campbell from Meat For Men - What Happens When We Sing High Praises?Editor's note: I supposed you could also draw the analogy from this bit that if you aren't praising God enough or in the correct way that Satan will make a family member depressed or doubt God. Sometimes the faith of cultural enforcers in evangelical fundamentalist quiverfull Christianity seems like a weak thing that can be damaged by every passing breeze if these 'Good Patriarchs' are to be believed by their words. A prime example of the toxic beliefs in the church that depression is somehow sin related. … [Read more...]

“How To Win Over Depression” – review: 160 – 191

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The DragonsHonestly, this chapter, which Tim titled “Depression and Your Temperament,” was more than a little befuddling. He bases his entire argument on Hippocrates’ Humorism— and no, I’m not joking. This chapter is dedicated to a medical theory thousands of years old that was completely obliterated by the advent of modern medical knowledge. … [Read more...]

“How To Win Over Depresson” – review – 113 – 136

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons For new readers: this post is part of a regular blog feature, where I read through influential books on Christian living. The beginning of the series covering Tim LaHaye’s How to Win Over Depression is here; you can also read through my series on Helen Andelin’s Fascinating Womanhood, John and Stasi Eldredge’s Captivating, Mark and Grace Driscoll’s Real Marriage, and Rob and Kristin Bell’s Zimzum of Love. ~~~~~~~~~ These two chapters were repetitive, so I’m going to do my best not to rehash things I’ve already commented on. A few things jumped out to me on this reading of “How to Overcome Self-Pity,” especially one thing in … [Read more...]

How To Win Over Depression – review 49 – 87

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The DragonsTrigger warning - Christians blaming depression on lack of faith Before we really get into it, I would like to do a brief compare and contrast between what the medical community says and what Tim says about the possible causes for depression. This list is collated from the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Health, and WebMD: … [Read more...]

“How To Win Over Depression” – review 1 – 27

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons Before I get to what Tim had to say in the first two chapters, I want to begin by making sure we’re all on the same page, especially since Tim is going to confuse this issue in very serious ways. First, there are different kinds of depression. There’s major or clinical depression (which can also be chronic,) mild depression, seasonal affective disorder, and the depression that is a part if bipolar disorder (as well as others). Tim doesn’t distinguish between any of these, and his reasoning for why he mixes all of these up will become clear once we’re further into the book. However, the book focuses on helping people who have … [Read more...]

Introduction to the Review Series: “How to Win Over Depression”

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The DragonsThe poll I put up last week had Francine River’s Redeeming Love and Tim LaHaye’s How to Win Over Depression neck-and-neck almost the entire time. At the very end Redeeming Love won out by a few votes, but I’d already decided to work on Tim’s book instead. Also, I’m reading through Why Does He Do That? by Bancroft in preparation for another series I’ll be doing sometime soon, and I don’t think I can handle reading about Michael Hosea being both an abuser and a rapist in the context of a book that glorifies it. … [Read more...]


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