I recently had the opportunity to speak at the Concordia Deaconess Conference on the topic of depression and how to care for those suffering from mental illnesses of various types. Below is the reading list I prepared for this wonderful group of ladies. If I have missed anything that you might consider important, please let me know! I’d love to revise and update it along the way here. Thanks! -DMR
Recommended Reading List on Depression
Greene-McCreight, Kathryn. Darkness is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2006.
Hart, Archibald D. Unmasking Male Depression. Thomas Nelson, 2001.
Karp, David A. Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness. Oxford University Press, USA, 1997.
Peperkorn, Todd A. I Trust When Dark My Road: A Lutheran View of Depression. St. Louis: LCMS World Relief and Human Care, 2009.
Rogers, Matt. Losing God: Clinging to Faith Through Doubt and Depression. IVP Books, 2008.
Solomon, Andrew. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. Scribner, 2002.
Stryker, William. Visible Darkness: A Memoir of Madness. New York: Random House, 1990.
For the Families of Loved Ones
Karp, David A. The Burden of Sympathy: How Families Cope With Mental Illness. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2002.
On the Theology of the Cross
Floysvik, Ingvar. When God Becomes My Enemy: The Theology of the Complaint Psalms. Concordia College, 1997.
Forde, Gerhard O., and Martin Luther. On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation, 1518 (Theology). Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997.
Lewis, C.S. A Grief Observed. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1961, 2001.
Schulz, Gregory. The Problem of Suffering: A Father’s Thoughts on the Suffering, Dead, and Life of His Children. Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 1996.
On Pastoral Care
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Spiritual Care. Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1985.
Eyer, Richard C. Pastoral Care Under the Cross: God in the Midst of Suffering. Concordia Publishing House, 1995.
Eyer, Richard C. They Will See His Face: Worship and Healing. Concordia Publishing House, 2002.
Kleinig, John W. Grace Upon Grace: Spirituality for Today. Concordia Publishing House, 2008.
On Pastoral Burnout
Hoge, Dean R., and Jacqueline E. Wenger. Pastors in Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry (Pulpit and Pew Series). Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2005.
Preus, Robert D. “Clergy Mental Health and the Doctrine of Justification.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 48, no. 2 & 3 (1984): 113-23.
Prayer and Devotional Works
Bansemer, Richard. Forced to Pray: God’s Chosen Under Pressure. New York: American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 2008.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible. Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1974.
Burke, William. Protect Us From All Anxiety: Meditations for the Depressed. Chicago: ACTA Publications, 1998.
Deffner, Donald L. Prayers for People Under Pressure. Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 1992.
Gerhard, Johann. Meditations on Divine Mercy: A Classic Treasury of Devotional Prayers. Concordia Publishing House, 2003.
Kinnamon, Scot, ed. Treasury of Daily Prayer. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2008.
Lewis, C.S. Reflections on the Psalms (Harvest Book). Harvest Books, 1964.
Luther, Martin. Reading the Psalms with Luther. Concordia Publishing House, 2007.
Lutheran Book of Prayer. Rev. ed. Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005.
Lutheran Service Book. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2006.
Reardon, Patrick Henry. Christ in the Psalms. Conciliar Press, 2000.
Steinmann, Andrew E. Is God Listening: Making Prayer A Part of Your Life. Concordia Publishing House, 2004.
Rev. Todd A. Peperkorn The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 2010 Concordia Deaconess Conference Concordia University Chicago, June 23-26, 2010