Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure | D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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New to Our Edition:
Biographical Foreword by Geoffrey Thomas; Hardback, Smythe-sewn Binding; MP3 Audio Disc

It is our opinion that Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure is one of the finest Christian books that has been written. We have brought this edition into print ourselves in order to make it available in hardback, together with an MP3 audio disc containing the messages which generally made up the book. If you are unfamiliar with Martyn Lloyd-Jones, this book is a very good introduction to him. Because we have published the book ourselves, we refer you to the "Publisher's Description" tab in order to see what we think. We commend it to every Christian who is at least a few years into their Christian walk. But we especially urge every pastor or counselor to read the book again and again. This is the kind of book that can completely transform your ministry and your understanding of the application of Scripture.

The audio disc is graciously provided by the Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recordings Trust. They describe its contents in this way: "The Spiritual Depression sermons are featured in a book as well as on this MP3 disc, but there are differences between the two! The book Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure was published in 1965 and contains 21 sermons, 7 of which do not appear on this disc. In particular, there are no audio recordings available on the 2nd and 3rd sermons in the series: 'The True Foundation' and 'Men as Trees Walking'. However, the 24 audio recordings on this disc include ten sermons that are not covered in this book (emphasis added). Unfortunately, this has led to a clash in reference numbers. Sermons 13-21 do not match chapters 13-21 in the book." Also, the recordings are very old, so just a few of them are of less than today's quality standards.

It should be stated that while written by a former medical doctor the book does not really deal with the medical treatment of depression (and Lloyd-Jones doesn't claim that). There are certainly rare occasions when the symptoms of depression can be so difficult that medicines should be used to help peel away the surface problems, clearing the way to deal with the deeper issues. There are also other physical causes of depression, as Lloyd-Jones points out in his book, which perhaps at times should be dealt with in a medicinal way. Never, however, should the primacy of the life-giving truths of Scripture be laid aside to take up other methods.

Also, if you are planning to study this book in a group, consider using this study guide.

Due to contractual limitations, this book is not available for retail sale in the U.S., except on our website, together with the MLJ Recordings Trust USA website. Outside of the United States, you may purchase it through your local Christian bookstore.

Sample pages: Table of Contents  |  New Biographical Foreword  |  Chastening (chapter 17)


Spiritual Depression is something of a manual for the Christian life and can be read again and again with real profit. With regard to happiness and fulness in the Christian life, it is perhaps the greatest book ever written. First published in 1965, its enduring message continues to strengthen and uplift generations of Christians across the globe. Being deeply concerned that too many Christians were living below their rightful inheritance of peace and joy. Martyn Lloyd-Jones sought to apply the Scriptures to the spiritual troubles we often face and thereby deliver God's people from the wiles of the Devil. His convictions were that by the renewal of the mind, and by the truth of God's Word being applied to the whole of life, light would come and the darkness would lift—Christians who had been living in the darkness of depression would be delivered and enjoy the assurance of God and an abundance of life once again, unbelievers who had rejected the Gospel message on account of the unhappiness of Christians would be challenged, and many of God's people would be restored and become the kind of light-bearers and witnesses God intends. Included in this edition is an mp3 disc with audio files of the twenty-four sermons that laid the foundation for the book. Anyone who has not yet heard him preach will soon discover why Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is often considered the greatest preacher of the twentieth century. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was minister of Westminster Chapel in London for nearly 30 years. His ministry began in the Welsh town of Aberavon among the Calvinistic Methodists, and over time his remarkable abilities became widely known. He began to be sought after as both preacher and counselor, eventually moving to London, where he exercised what may be considered the most influential Christian ministry of his generation. His ability as a preacher and counselor came not from his personality or philosophy, but from his sound, biblical theology, together with its practical application to souls. In an era of superficial methods and doctrinal uncertainty, Lloyd-Jones stood powerfully and effectively for Christ, enabling the Church to continue as the pillar and buttress of truth. Having been one of the greatest medical doctors of his country, and then having pastored among God's people for many years, Lloyd-Jones was remarkably qualified to address this difficult issue with rare balance and insight. Moreover, his entire ministry was marked by the power of God. Listeners sat speechless for long after his sermons were over, wrestling with the truth that was so powerfully applied to their condition. His preaching is often described as “logic on fire,” and rightly so. The power of his preaching was found in the searching presentation of the holy logic of Scripture, and therefore this collection of messages is capable of bringing real change and deliverance to God's people. “This new edition of one of the most valued books of the last half century will surely be welcomed. I have heard Christians in all parts of the world speak of what it has meant to them. For first-time readers of Lloyd-Jones it has to be one of the best introductions to an author who will still be read when most modern books have been forgotten.” - Iain H. Murray, author of The Life of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones “I believe this is one of the most outstanding books that has ever been written. If someone is looking for a book that is cutting edge, and yet balanced, this is it!...for over 30 years I have urged people to read this book. I have often told great crowds, in many countries, that it is the greatest Christian book of all time.” - George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilization and distributor of millions of Christian books around the world. “Spiritual Depression is a 20th Century classic—and I mean it! We live in a day when there are too many self-help books from spiritual gurus that point people to themselves for emotional healing. Such books often use verses of the Bible in a purely psychological and Christ-less way. To these gurus, the answer lies in something vaguely called “faith” (which is really the same thing as positive thinking). In the light of all this spiritual darkness, Spiritual Depression comes like soft refreshing rain upon a parched land. It points to Scripture but in such a way that you see the biblical logic that anchors the mind and the need to keep a well-beaten path to the cross to ensure final victory. It is in the unsearchable riches of Christ that spiritual depression finds its ultimate cure.” - Conrad Mbewe, author of Foundations for the Flock: Truths about the Church for all the Saints
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