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On the Edge: Wrestling with God in Depression Paperback – 1 Dec 1995

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Millstream Press (Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952711605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952711605
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,943,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brice is a former school principal who has suffered repeated episodes of depression over many years. His treatment has comprised both medication and psychotherapy. The book focusses on the latter, with a frankness unusual among male authors in this country at least, and includes a large number of poems written by him during the various stages. He deals with unhappy family experiences, including bereavements, one by suicide; with the loss of his career because of depression; and especially with how he feels attitudes within the Church, and of his own father who was a minister, have contributed to his condition. The book charts his journey towards a new understanding of himself and of God.
Theologically, I find the conclusions he reaches uncomfortably liberal. But the open honesty of his searching give much food for thought, and may give hope to others who feel hurt or marginalised by evangelical Christianity. Indeed, the title "On the edge" refers not so much to being on the edge of sanity but the edge of the church because of his doctrinal doubts and the edge of society following the loss of his career. The book ends not with a conclusion that he has now recovered but gives more the impression of an ongoing search. This, too, will give hope to many who find that many of the quick fixes offered for depression do not do what they claim.
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