In the first chapter, Welch makes several good observations for just beginning the process of attempting to understand depression. He are a couple of excerpts from the first chapter (which can be previewed in pdf format for free here). First, Welch understands depression to be a form of suffering:
Depression is a form of suffering that can't be reduced to one universal cause. This means that family and friends can't rush in armed with THE answer. Instead, they must be willing to postpone swearing allegiance to a particular theory, and take time to know the depressed person and work together with him or her. What we do know is that depression is painful and, if you have never experienced it, hard to understand. Like most forms of suffering, it feels private and isolating.Welch's design and intentions for the book are reflective of his understanding of depression:
My hope is that the book will encourage partnerships between depressed people and those who love them. Suffering is not a journey we should take alone. There are too many places where we are tempted to give up and too many times we can't see clearly. So if you are depressed, read this book with a wise friend. If you want to help, ask the depressed person to read it with you, or select particular chapters to read together.If this is not enough to whet the appetite, here is a brief clip of Welch himself sharing the story of his own father's depression and how to think biblically about depression.
[HT: James Grant]