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Out of the Depths: Encountering Depression
Gonville ffrench-Beytagh (1912-91) spent much of his life in South Africa, becoming Dean of Salisbury (Harare) and later Johannesburg. He opposed apartheid, which led to his imprisonment in 1971-2 and subsequent exile to England, where he spent the last years of his life. He was also a respected preacher, spiritual director and author, whose works include ‘Encountering Darkness’, an account of his imprisonment, and ‘Facing Depression’, the latter also published by SLG Press.
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This candid, personal account of depression, and recovery from ‘out of the depths’, has helped many to come to terms with their own experiences, or provide support to other sufferers. By continuing to say the Psalms and read the Bible, through force of habit, the author discovered voices which penetrated his darkness and confusion. Wendy Robinson, the writer of the Epilogue, pays a warm tribute to Gonville ffench-Beytagh, with whom she shares an understanding of the challenge presented by depression for the Church and for the Christian faith. As a Christian psychotherapist, she contributes her own insights into the nature and treatment of depression, and its liberating potential.