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How to Battle Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

Author Ray Comfort
Narrator Tom Parks
Runtime 2.22 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date February 21, 2018
Availability: Unrestricted (available worldwide)

Depression and suicide aren’t just a worldwide epidemic, they also hit home. With over 350 million people suffering from depression and an estimated 1 million Americans attempting suicide each year, most of us have been affected by this terrible plague--or perhaps struggle with it ourselves. How can we help those who feel they have no hope?

In this moving fictional account, a caring bystander tries to convince a suicidal young man that his life has value and he has much to live for. Through their conversation, you will discover why we all have great worth, everyone has a reason and purpose for living, no situation is ever hopeless, and suicide is never a good option.

Whether you want to be able to share these truths with others, or you need to hear them yourself, this impactful book will offer a lasting cure for this growing epidemic.

Includes helpful, hope-filled sidebars from the world’s best Counselor.

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Depression and suicide aren’t just a worldwide epidemic, they also hit home. With over 350 million people suffering from depression and an estimated 1 million Americans attempting suicide each year, most of us have been affected by this terrible plague--or perhaps struggle with it ourselves. How can we help those who feel they have no hope?

In this moving fictional account, a caring bystander tries to convince a suicidal young man that his life has value and he has much to live for. Through their conversation, you will discover why we all have great worth, everyone has a reason and purpose for living, no situation is ever hopeless, and suicide is never a good option.

Whether you want to be able to share these truths with others, or you need to hear them yourself, this impactful book will offer a lasting cure for this growing epidemic.

Includes helpful, hope-filled sidebars from the world’s best Counselor.

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A Fiction Story with Non-fiction Truth
I had always known Ray Comfort as "that foreign street preacher who works with Kirk Cameron". I guess I need to spend more time on YouTube! (just kidding---no one needs to spend more time on YouTube!) It was through my searches there, though, that I came across Living Waters, Comfort's film company that has made a number of incredibly thought-provoking sermon-style documentaries. One particular film is Exit: The Appeal of Suicide. I encourage you to watch the film, then read this book, as the film gets to the heart of the message quickly and really helps clarify what the book is all about.

How to Battle Depression and Suicide is a provocative, no-nonsense title, though the text itself isn't so succinct. Rather than clearly laying out the "How To"s, Comfort instead fictionalizes his teaching by writing as if he were meeting a suicidal man named John atop the Golden Gate Bridge one foggy morning. Comfort approaches the man cautiously and is able to engage him in conversation, which ultimately turns into his talking the man off the edge, convincing him to consider the Truths of the Bible, and helping convert him to saving faith in Jesus. The rest of the book describes John's newfound hope and fervency as they talk over burgers and deliciously salty fries.

While I did appreciate the organization of the topical passages at the ends of chapters, I felt like the fictionalized style distracted me from the teaching. This may just be my personal preference, though, for I've never really battled depression and suicidal thoughts. I came to this book wanting simply the nitty-gritty, and so I didn't really care for the emotional fluff. Someone coming from a different, more depressed, more suicidal perspective than mine, however, might need this barrier instead of the hard-nosed, in-your-face Truth. After all, I really like other parabolic tales, like the conversation pieces by Ravi Zacharias. Others not myself might really enjoy this style by Comfort.

I also found John's sudden transformation a little exaggerated. This is not to say that spiritual rebirth and becoming "a new creation" doesn't bring immediate, noticeable changes! But this guy seemingly turned from a introvert to extrovert overnight, and that seems to promise more than the Gospel offers. Again, it's just a story (and it may even be a true story for all I know!), but Comfort ought to be careful not to oversell the Gospel, because change in many areas (especially personality) takes time, even after a person is brought from death to life.

I enjoyed the book overall, and I certainly would recommend it and the film to anyone battling depression or suicidal thoughts. The film brought tears to my eyes (especially his conversation with the girl with the colorful hair), and I'm sure it'll do the same for you, if you have an ounce of love in your body.

©2018 E.T. [This review was originally posted on my site, https://wp.me/pZe9G-GO ]
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Review by / (Posted on 2/9/2020)
Limited how to advice
I found it difficult to follow the story line mixed with scriptural advice. As a struggling person, I did not find any value or help.
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Review by / (Posted on 12/9/2019)
Not what you may expect by the title
Just like Andy, I found this book way too didactic and theoretical. It doesn't help a bit on an emotional level (and the rest of my mind is just not available in this state, I'm sorry to tell).
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Review by / (Posted on 9/11/2019)
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