Down, Not Out

Depression, anxiety, and the difference Jesus makes

This book unpacks many aspects of depression and anxiety, and brings our gospel identity to bear on each one

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Depression can lead to self-condemnation—and yet the gospel tells us there is no condemnation in Christ.

Anxiety leads us to inner turmoil—but the gospel assures us of the love of God and the peace that comes with knowing him.

Whether you have experienced mental illness yourself, or want to understand depression and anxiety to care for somebody you love, this book provides a personal and theologically-thoughtful reflection on the challenges facing Christians in this area.

Written by a pastor from his own experience of depression and anxiety.

Short accessible chapters with reflection questions for each one.

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  • 1. Thirty
  • 2. Brokenness
  • 3. Feelings
  • 4. Sin
  • 5. Hope
  • 6. Attack
  • 7. Meaning
  • 8. Idols
  • 9. Suicide
  • 10. Healing
  • 11. Discernment
  • 12. Prayer
  • 13. Guarantees
  • 14. Community
  • 15. Love
  • 16. Motivation


Author Chris Cipollone
ISBN 9781784981419
Format Paperback
First published 2018
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 9.8mm
Language English
Pages 144
Publisher The Good Book Company

This book is beautifully straightforward, deeply honest and consistently profound. Chris Cipollone not only gives us a gentle yet compelling insight into the world of depression and anxiety, but consistently and winsomely points us to the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom real and ultimate answers are to be found. It may not take long to read this book, but the time invested will change the way you think about and respond to mental-health issues, whether in your own life, your family or the church.

Gary Millar

Principal, Queensland Theological College

Chris "gets" mental illness. He has been in the dark places and openly shares his personal experience. We hear of the help that can be gained from medical and psychological treatments and the difference that a supportive community can make. But with a pastor’s heart, Chris’ main aim is to speak biblical truth into this difficult context—to gently correct false patterns of thinking and feeling, and above all, to point the reader to the joy and refreshment that is found in knowing that our acceptance, security and hope depend upon God’s unchanging love, not the quality of our mental health.

Keith Condie

Co-Director, Mental Health and Pastoral Care Institute, Anglican Deaconess Ministries, Sydney, Australia

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common struggles according to statistics. Some say 20% of the population for each. Given the amount of uncertainty and tragedy in our world, this is not surprising. But what are we to do with this reality? Do the Scriptures provide any hope for us? With compassion, clarity and humility, Chris walks the reader through a refreshing look at how God's grace in Christ is the most important antidote for anxiety and depression. As I read "Down, Not Out," I was personally encouraged. I found myself growing in compassion for so many people I know who struggle in significant ways. Chris is realistic as he captures the multi-dimensional aspects of anxiety and depression and cautions us against simplistic quick-fixes. Rather, he offers a personal, gracious God who walks with us, encourages us, and provides hope and comfort along the path. Each carefully written chapter exudes comfort and hope. I can't think of anyone who doesn't need that!

Dr. Tim S. Lane

President, Institute for Pastoral Care

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