Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Trouble of Mind and the Disease of Melancholy

Trouble of Mind and the Disease of Melancholy
by Timothy Rogers
Soli Deo Gloria Ministries Inc
PO BOX 451
Morgan, PA 15064
©1658, 2002 396pp Hard Cover
The self-help book is an entity, which many would believe began in the late 20th Century. This is not the case. Timothy Rogers originally published Trouble of Mind and the Disease of Melancholy in the late17th Century. The back cover reveals that Rogers was a Puritan minister who suffered from clinical and spiritual depression. Rogers overcame these and wrote a book on the matter.
While many books focus on the author’s life, Rogers focused his book on the scriptures and used his own life as an example of how they could be applied to help someone with depression. While much of the writings of the past are ignored, or in the case of the Puritans mocked, this book has found a place in a modern world filled with people who worry too much about silly fears, such as Puritans coming to make life boring. Trouble of Mind could provide some comfort for those suffering from depression because the author had it and found relief in the word of God and taking charge of his own life without blaming his problems completely on sin or the interference of others.
Admittedly it was written over 300 years ago but the King James Bible was also translated then. If you can understand it you can definitely understand Trouble of Mind. This book is also conveniently divided into three parts and 31 chapters.

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