September 9 — Isaiah 35:4-7a, Psalm 88, Mark 7:24-37
September 16 — 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, Psalm 116:1-9, Mark 8:27-38
For a good discussion I used heavily in my sermon about the stigma of mental illness and our use of language, check out this article in the Dallas News. Thor Christensen explores the word “demon”. Click here.
All the history of depression I cite comes from this massive book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon.
For a full discussion on the Psalm 88 and Psalms of Lament, see Ellen Davis’ book, Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament. Her biblical exegesis is my primary source of insight about psalms, well her and my amazing Wednesday Bible Study group.
To read up on mental well-being in kids and see the resources I used to talk about parenting this month, check out this book: The Whole-Brain Child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind .
Guy Winch, PhD, talks about emotional wounds and giving attention to our psychological health the same way we do to our physical health. See his compelling talk on Why we all need to Practice Emotional First-Aid.
This whole series was inspired by this moving episode of OnBeing with Krista Tippett. Make sure to listen when you have some time. Especially moving is the unedited interview: The Soul in Depression.
Interesting article about mindfulness practice from the Washington Post.
William Styron is famous for his novels, but maybe more for writing about his depression in this book, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. The New York Times recently revisited his momentous memoir HERE.
Recommended but not read yet: Lost Connections: the real causes of depression and the unexpected solutions by Johann Hari.
Films — some documentaries and some fictional (Disclaimer: I’ve not watched all these.)