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    Jean Vanier(Author)

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One in ten people are thought to suffer from depression at some time in their life. This book offers a Christian-based approach to dealing with depression.

JEAN VANIER, the son of former governor general Georges Vanier, was educated in England and Canada. After eight years in the Royal and the Canadian Navy, he went to study in France, where he received his doctorate in philosophy, later teaching at St. Michael s College (University of Toronto). Distressed by the plight of people with developmental challenges, he founded L Arche communities, and Faith and L ight, two international networks of communities for people with disabilities. With many bestselling books and humanitarian awards to his name including the Pope Paul VI International Prize, the International Peace Award and the Companion of the Order of Canada Vanier lives in Trosly, France, in the original L Arche community he founded in 1964. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 96 pages
  • Jean Vanier(Author)
  • Paulist Press (30 Nov. 2005)
  • English
  • 10
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By Sheila Bayes-Clayton on 5 May 2014

    This book spoke to me. I go regularly to a meditation group but come away feeling something is lacking - last week (at a different group) we were given a talk on Jean Vanier and was impressed enough to buy the book on depression. I am convinced everyone in ourgroup should read it. Even if what he says does not touch everyone I am certain it would enable them to understand others.

  • By Kathryn on 10 December 2010

    As the other review of this book makes clear, "Seeing Through Depression" is not a standard self-help book, and is therefore not packed with practical suggestions and references to evidence-based research. Instead, this book offers a sensitive, caring reflection upon the emotional wounds that can cause depression and the suffering and despair of those afflicted with it. Without denying that professional help may sometimes be necessary, Jean Vanier draws upon spiritual metaphors to gently suggest that depression may be understood as representing a necessary season of one's life, during which one needs to receive much kindness and patience, and to help the reader begin to trust in the possibility of healing.I have suffered from serious bouts of depression for many years and have found this book far more helpful and encouraging than the very many other books (clinical and popular) I have also read about it. Jean Vanier is, as in his other work, kindly, wise and deeply compassionate.

  • By Ruth on 31 March 2013

    This is a slim, easily portable book, written by someone who understands what the darkness of depression is like.Through his empathy,comfort is given to the sufferer and I have found it such a consoling companion in dark times.

  • By Guest on 23 February 2003

    I read this book as I was recovering from depression. On first read I found it incredibly annoying as it appeared to be saying that everyone gets depressed, and that it's a normal part of life, and you just have to "come to an acceptance" etc etc. On second reading (its very short by the way - 10,000 words at most) it seemed that wasn't quite what the author was saying.Certainly, this is not a book of practical advice - for that try John Lockley's book "A Practical Workbook for the Depressed Christian". Nor, in fact, is it a Bible study: the Bible is barely mentioned. Instead, it is a rather poetic treatise on depression as part of the "rhythm of life". Some will enjoy reading these kind of platitudes, others will not, and I rather suspect that anyone actually suffering from depression will read into it the idea that if they were stronger, more godly, then they could just take the suffering with a smile.The author firmly believes that depression has its roots in childhood and that talking things over with someone who will "walk beside you" is the key. But his main advice seems to be "saying Yes to life" and "remembering that you are part of a beautiful Universe".This book may have some value for those who have recovered and are seeking to make sense of what has happened to them. But while actually suffering from the illness a more practical approach such as Lockley's is what is needed.

  • By Geraldine O'Keeffe on 4 September 2013

    it is a good book and one to keep at your bedside to refer to when feeling down or anxious it explains depression not only from a human insight but also spiritual.

  • By Jack McKeown on 16 February 2017

    no for me - so no comment

  • By SMD on 17 April 2016

    Great book!


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