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When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God--and Joy

When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God--and Joy [Kindle Edition]

John Piper

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"It is utterly crucial that in our darkness we affirm the wise, strong hand of God to hold us, even when we have no strength to hold him."
John Piper

Even the most faithful, focused Christians can encounter periods of depression and spiritual darkness when joy seems to stay just out of reach. It can happen because of sin, satanic assault, distressing circumstances, or hereditary and other physical causes. In When the Darkness Will Not Lift, John Piper aims to give some comfort and guidance to those experiencing spiritual darkness.

Readers will gain insight into the physical side of depression and spiritual darkness, what it means to wait on the Lord in a time of darkness, how unconfessed sin can clog our joy, and how to minister to others who are living without light. Piper uses real-life examples and sensitive narrative to show readers abundant reason to hope that God will pull them out of the pit of despair and into the light once again.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 290 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 82 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1581348762
  • Verlag: Crossway Books (14. Dezember 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0026BXD1O
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Encouraging, but too short 2. März 2007
Von Daniel L Edelen - Veröffentlicht auf
John Piper's little tome _When the Darkness Will Not Lift_ addresses the the scourge of our age, depression, from a Christian perspective. In it, he examines what solace a sufferer can find in the reality of Christ.

A scant 68 pages, Piper wades right into the subject, giving us six chapters of advice covering the following:

1. Understanding the physical aspects of depression and the wise use of medication

2. Knowing God has not abandoned us

3. Taking action through duty, even when we feel no joy

4. Confessing our sins

5. Looking beyond our own needs

6. Loving those shrouded in depression

Piper summons the wisdom of the Scriptures, well-known doctors of the Faith, and his own experiences as a pastor to provide a good word to the hurting. His reminders of who we are in Christ will help even the darkest souls.

A very needed book from an excellent author, but though helpful, it's simply too short. Piper attempts to alleviates this lack by including a bibliography of other, more thorough, works on the topic (I particularly recommend D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones's _Spiritual Depression--Its Causes and Its Cure_), but it's a cheap fix. Surely Dr. Piper has a more through treatment of this topic in him. He's written excellent words on the issue of Christians who commit suicide, so I know he's up to the task of a more fulfilling book.

Great for what it is, but readers will be left craving more.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Compassionate and insightful 20. März 2007
Von Christian Book Previews - Veröffentlicht auf
John Piper has once again blessed the Body of Christ with his latest book, When the Darkness Will Not Lift. A small volume, portions of which are drawn from other of his larger works, it is its succinctness, I think, which enhances its impact.

The Introduction lays the foundation for what follows by discussing the nature and essence of spiritual darkness. Piper then moves into an eminently helpful treatment of justification, how it "severs [the] root of misery;" sanctification, and how confusing the two will kill joy in the believer.

The rest of the book is a tightly-packed, compassionate, insightful, practical, biblical tool for helping those who "wait for joy." Piper touches on the physical/medical aspect of spiritual darkness, "the ground of assurance when we cannot see our faith," "when a child of God is persuaded that he is not," doing our duty in the midst of darkness, the place of thanksgiving, unconfessed sin, the role of Satan, and the danger of self-absorption. Don't be fooled; at a mere 79 pages, this is not a fast read. You will want to go slowly and drink deeply, and also to benefit from the other sources noted. - Pamela Glass, Christian Book [...]
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Von Heather Ivester - Veröffentlicht auf
Piper's book, which is an expansion of a chapter in When I Don't Desire God, offers comfort and guidance to those experiencing spiritual darkness.

The six chapters explore topics such as the physical causes for melancholy, waiting in darkness, fighting for joy, how confession of sin leads to freedom, and how to break loose from the bonds of self-absorption.

This book is helpful for anyone who has suffered from depression - and it's a good resource to have on hand to offer those needing encouragement. You can read this entire book in a pdf format from Piper's ministry website, Desiring God.

--Christian Women Online Book Buzz
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Helpful Tool in Treating Spiritual Darkness 19. September 2007
Von Erik Raymond - Veröffentlicht auf
When the Darkness Will Not Lift is a short (79 pp.) book written to encourage those Christians who are dealing with spiritual melancholy (depression). John Piper writes, "My aim is to give some guidance and hope to those for whom joy seems to stay out of reach." (p.12) Piper also writes to instruct believers as to how to help those who are encountering times of spiritual darkness.

By Piper's own admission this book is not intended to fully treat such a subject. I think this quote should be considered before anyone jumps all over Piper for not `dotting all his I's"

This book began as the final chapter of a larger book titled When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy. I hope that if this small book proves helpful, readers will consider what is in the larger one. There are crucial foundations in that larger book which are not included here." (p. 13)

In "treating" despair Piper advises that we "start with despair. Despair of finding any answer in yourself. I pray that you will cease from all efforts to look inside yourself for the rescue you need. I pray that you will do what only desperate people can do, namely, cast yourself on Christ." (p.21)

There are great practical exhortations throughout the book for those in despair or not, but particularly for those who are afflicted. In the following chapters Piper reminds us that We are not alone, a reminder of the prevailing faithfulness and power of God; Fold not the Arms of Action, a call to constantly be thankful and offering praise so as to produce joy; Does Unconfessed Sin Clog Our Joy?, an exhortation to confess our sin to God and others that we may `unclog' our joy; The Darkness that Feeds on Self-Absorption, a call to evaluate patterns in our lives, inspecting for self worshipping tendencies that produce despair.

The one issue that I had was the treatment of the `darkness' in general. What is it for? I sometimes got the impression in reading the book that the goal was to have the trial removed. It is not the removal of the trial that brings the joy but the presence of Christ in the trial that is my joy. This is why in James 1 believers are commanded to "count it all joy when you encounter various trials" this of course is because of the presence and power of Christ in conforming believers into his blessed image. This is akin to what Paul dealt with in 2 Corinthians 12.9-10. I have joy when I realize that even within a trial I am in fellowship with the Sovereign, Good and Glorious King of the universe. I know John Piper believes this, as I have heard him say it elsewhere. However, it just didn't seem to come out as clear in this book for me.

Overall I like the book, as I do with most of what John Piper writes. I love the emphasis upon the supremacy, sufficiency and beauty of Christ. I also was thankful that Piper acknowledges that issues of emotional pain are not only valid but also kind of messy. I am often discouraged when I hear folks dismiss emotional pain as either invalid or sinful. Piper acknowledges it and tries to help.

This book will no doubt prove valuable for those who are afflicted and to help other believers to be more helpful. I would also recommend Piper's larger work, How to Fight for Joy.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Well, you can just order the whole book! 3. März 2010
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This is just the last bit of the book When I Don't Desire God: How To Fight For Joy. Just buy the whole thing!! It is fine but we bought them both at the same time!! Lol! It is good but not worth buying if you are considering the book in it's entirety.
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The key thing to see in this verse is that all Pauls efforts to grasp the fullness of joy in Christ are secured by Christs grasp of him. Never forget that your security rests on Christs faithfulness first. &quote;
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