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Out of the Cave: Stepping into the Light when Depression Darkens What You See

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Do you feel guilt and shame about negative thoughts and emotions and your inability to overcome them? Bestselling author and pastor Chris Hodges helps those struggling with depression find liberating solutions by drawing from the life of the prophet Elijah. You might be asking, Should a Christian even be having these struggles? Depression is the number one health issue in th Do you feel guilt and shame about negative thoughts and emotions and your inability to overcome them? Bestselling author and pastor Chris Hodges helps those struggling with depression find liberating solutions by drawing from the life of the prophet Elijah. You might be asking, Should a Christian even be having these struggles? Depression is the number one health issue in the world today, yet those who suffer are still sometimes stigmatized—especially followers of Jesus. Many assume God's peace, power, and protection should prevent us from ever feeling anxious, depressed, and afraid. But the Bible teaches otherwise, particularly in its depiction of the life of the Old Testament prophet Elijah. In Out of the Cave, Chris Hodges uses Elijah's life to show us that everyone is susceptible to depression. Even when we're walking closely with God, we can still stumble and get lost in the wilderness of tangled emotions. But we don't have to stay there, because we serve a God who meets us in the darkness. Out of the Cave helps us remove the stigma of depression and realize we're not alone; understand the ways our temperament and view of God affect the way we handle depression; and learn a comprehensive approach to wellness—mind, body, and soul—from Elijah's journey. With his trademark blend of Bible-based wisdom, practical application, and vulnerability in sharing his personal struggles, Hodges explores the causes of depression we can't change, the contributors we can conquer, and offers transformative hope and spiritual power to help us win the battle.


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Do you feel guilt and shame about negative thoughts and emotions and your inability to overcome them? Bestselling author and pastor Chris Hodges helps those struggling with depression find liberating solutions by drawing from the life of the prophet Elijah. You might be asking, Should a Christian even be having these struggles? Depression is the number one health issue in th Do you feel guilt and shame about negative thoughts and emotions and your inability to overcome them? Bestselling author and pastor Chris Hodges helps those struggling with depression find liberating solutions by drawing from the life of the prophet Elijah. You might be asking, Should a Christian even be having these struggles? Depression is the number one health issue in the world today, yet those who suffer are still sometimes stigmatized—especially followers of Jesus. Many assume God's peace, power, and protection should prevent us from ever feeling anxious, depressed, and afraid. But the Bible teaches otherwise, particularly in its depiction of the life of the Old Testament prophet Elijah. In Out of the Cave, Chris Hodges uses Elijah's life to show us that everyone is susceptible to depression. Even when we're walking closely with God, we can still stumble and get lost in the wilderness of tangled emotions. But we don't have to stay there, because we serve a God who meets us in the darkness. Out of the Cave helps us remove the stigma of depression and realize we're not alone; understand the ways our temperament and view of God affect the way we handle depression; and learn a comprehensive approach to wellness—mind, body, and soul—from Elijah's journey. With his trademark blend of Bible-based wisdom, practical application, and vulnerability in sharing his personal struggles, Hodges explores the causes of depression we can't change, the contributors we can conquer, and offers transformative hope and spiritual power to help us win the battle.

30 review for Out of the Cave: Stepping into the Light when Depression Darkens What You See

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan Mather Barone

    Chris Hodges is a pastor who has struggled with anxiety and depression, so he has personal experience with the health condition. He knows the stigma surrounding mental health issues – especially when the person suffering is a Christian. He writes to believers in Christ in this book, but also shared how one could have a relationship with Jesus. He provided a strong testimony based on his own battles and carved out a path for others to follow using biblical illustrations, as well as the stories of Chris Hodges is a pastor who has struggled with anxiety and depression, so he has personal experience with the health condition. He knows the stigma surrounding mental health issues – especially when the person suffering is a Christian. He writes to believers in Christ in this book, but also shared how one could have a relationship with Jesus. He provided a strong testimony based on his own battles and carved out a path for others to follow using biblical illustrations, as well as the stories of other pioneers of great suffering. What makes his approach different is his focus on what we have in our control -- our thoughts and behaviors -- and how to free ourselves of patterns and habits that have kept us in a mental bondage. Relying on God's promises in the Bible, Hodges shows how to come out of the cave of depression with new purpose and hope for the future. The book opened with the reason Hodges decided to write this book: a well-known pastor had taken his life. He knows that pressure. Pastors care for their community and church family. They walk with people through trauma and pain. Burnout and self-sabotage, he said, can open the door to depression. He could no longer stay silent with this recent suicide. He had to do something to help those struggling with depression. His research into the scriptures led him to the prophet Elijah’s journey. He traces the path Elijah took from the highs of seeing God perform an amazing power display to the lows of feeling isolated in his ministry and running for his life. God met Elijah on every point of his journey away from danger and forward into healing. Hodges said God first met Elijah’s physical needs, and then worked on the spiritual aspects of his journey. While we may not have control over some of the causes for depression – our circumstances, genetic predisposition, or chemical imbalance – Hodges said we do have control over how we think, react, and move. He provided raw emotional data about his own struggles. Alongside the anchoring story of Elijah, he used a story from Daniel 5 where God wrote a message of warning in His own hand on a wall before the eyes of King Belshazzar and others. The king failed to heed that warning, and the prophecy was fulfilled. Hodges used this story to show how to watch for depression’s warning signs. Hodges used a story in Exodus 17 where Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms so the Israelites' could defeat the Amalekites in battle to demonstrate how much we need others. Depression can cause people to self-isolate, he said, and he used this story to show we were never meant to do life alone. Probably the best role model for this behavior was Jesus when He took His closest friends with him to pray in the garden of Gethsemane. He could have isolated Himself during the agonizing hours before His betrayal and eventual death, but Hodges said Jesus had been alone during that 40-day desert time. Satan tried to tempt Him. Satan would try once more, so Jesus not only prayed, but leaned on God’s people when facing this physical and spiritual battle. I liked that Hodges gave "homework" within the pages, and I thought he should definitely have a separate workbook for the things he shared for how he keeps up soul care to keep depression at bay. He wanted to flip the scripts we replay in our minds that set us up for defeat when facing great hardships and spiritual attacks. He wanted us to take an inventory of our daily life (our viewing habits, time management, sleep - or lack of it), and provided examples from his own notes. But leaving the cave of depression does take time. While his focus was on the spiritual aspects of healing, Hodges repeated throughout the text that he supported the treatment plans provided by physicians. Doctors can work on the physical, he said, but when comes to the spirit, we need spiritual solutions, which he provided in the third part of the book. When the Spirit is in charge, he said, then body and soul no longer battle for dominance and there’s balance and healing. I am reading Priscilla Shirer’s “Armor of God” as part of a women’s support group study right now. Hodges echoed some of the same ideas about the enemy and his playbook, our daily need for putting on the full armor of God. He said we have God's attention and are seated in the heavenly places even now. Jesus came that we might have life and have it in abundance he said. The Holy Spirit will help us change our habits and confront negative thoughts with truth. Like Elijah, God will show us what we need to do when we pray and ask Him for help, read His word, and become doers and not just hearers. I loved this book as a fellow veteran of the depression and anxiety wars. I've confronted both several times and often after coming off great heights of feeling and emotions. I read my story with every description Hodges gave about depression at the beginning of the book -- what goes through your mind, how you feel powerless to do anything at times and completely hopeless. My road back was the same: read God's word, pray God's word, take care of my body through diet and exercise, seek treatment through therapy, and join a church support group. I found so many takeaways and answers that I know others walking the path now will find useful, so I can't wait for this book to come out. It is very timely and I'm definitely sharing this with the people in my life who are grieving losses from this pandemic.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jed Walker

    At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I can’t think of a more needed book for our culture. Whether or not you’ve ever struggled with depression, this book speaks so clearly to the challenges we’ve all experienced over the past year and a half. The book blends excellent research with biblical perspective and tangible, practical application. I’ve learned a great deal from Chris Hodges and this is certainly his best book yet.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    As a believer that has struggled with mental illness my entire life (ADHD, Depression and Anxiety) I finally feel seen by the church. Years of people giving me scriptures or saying to pray harder ....all well meaning advice by well meaning people. But ultimately, all those things only increased the amount of shame I felt. What am I doing wrong? Why can’t I shake this? Out of the Cave acknowledges the real chemical issue of unseen illness. I cried when, from the pulpit and in the book, he acknowle As a believer that has struggled with mental illness my entire life (ADHD, Depression and Anxiety) I finally feel seen by the church. Years of people giving me scriptures or saying to pray harder ....all well meaning advice by well meaning people. But ultimately, all those things only increased the amount of shame I felt. What am I doing wrong? Why can’t I shake this? Out of the Cave acknowledges the real chemical issue of unseen illness. I cried when, from the pulpit and in the book, he acknowledged we have no problems treating diseases except those from the neck up. Because it’s true. My own Christian healthcare plan won’t cover or acknowledge these things....and we wonder why people are struggling. The author provides very practical steps and advice for helping you Out of the Cave. Things that to some may seem so obvious, but to those stuck in the depression cycle are harder. I bought this book in audio and then had to buy it in print to keep it as a reference. I plan to give it to those in my life that walk with me, so they can better understand, and those who find themselves suddenly in the cave, to realize they aren’t alone and to get needed advice. THANK YOU Ps Chris Hodges! For writing a book so many people need. (Also, after years of studying this topic this is the first time I had heard this particular story related to depression. That alone got my attention from the start).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mom_Loves_Reading

    Full review will be on my blog & mom_loves_reading Instagram page, but this is a very inspiring, motivating, uplifting, compassionate, deeply personal & honest book about depression that will help many people overcome some of the feelings they are dealing with while hopefully helping them to find the right road to recovery for their personal experience. I totally get what Hodges subtitle means, too, about "stepping in the light when depression darkens what you see", since I call my low days & ti Full review will be on my blog & mom_loves_reading Instagram page, but this is a very inspiring, motivating, uplifting, compassionate, deeply personal & honest book about depression that will help many people overcome some of the feelings they are dealing with while hopefully helping them to find the right road to recovery for their personal experience. I totally get what Hodges subtitle means, too, about "stepping in the light when depression darkens what you see", since I call my low days & times of depression "going to the darkside & hoping to find the right door out, the one with the light dimly shining from underneath." I recommend this book for anyone struggling with depression or anxiety, whether you are spiritual or not.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Bush

    This book honestly changed my life. This is a MUST read for anyone who battles with their mental and spiritual health! This will be a book that I come back to often because it was grounded in so much spiritual truth. I did not want it to end!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mhughessc

    Chris Hodges, pastor of the well-known Church of the Highlands, has authored "Out of the Cave" for anyone dealing with anxiety and depression. Based on the life of the prophet Elijah and his bout with depression, the author encourages his readers with his transparency and wise counsel. Using biblical principles and practical advice, Hodges walks his readers through their darkest moments. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is fighting depression or anxiety. Thanks to NetGalley for t Chris Hodges, pastor of the well-known Church of the Highlands, has authored "Out of the Cave" for anyone dealing with anxiety and depression. Based on the life of the prophet Elijah and his bout with depression, the author encourages his readers with his transparency and wise counsel. Using biblical principles and practical advice, Hodges walks his readers through their darkest moments. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is fighting depression or anxiety. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    K

    Timely, helpful, and insightful! Pastor Chris Hodges takes a deep dive into what it means to deal with depression and anxiety as a Christian, something that relates to more of us than you would think. More than just a self-help book, this book delves into how Biblical greats such as Elijah learned to handle his negative emotions and the lessons we can learn as well. But it's more than just that. We look at how to deal with comparison, envy, imbalanced time management, exhaustion, the list goes o Timely, helpful, and insightful! Pastor Chris Hodges takes a deep dive into what it means to deal with depression and anxiety as a Christian, something that relates to more of us than you would think. More than just a self-help book, this book delves into how Biblical greats such as Elijah learned to handle his negative emotions and the lessons we can learn as well. But it's more than just that. We look at how to deal with comparison, envy, imbalanced time management, exhaustion, the list goes on. I promise you, you will find something in here that relates to what you are dealing with. Marked with grace and truth, this book points to the One Who helps you leave your misery behind. Highly recommended! I received this ebook free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    4.5/5⭐️ This was written by the founder and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands, a Christian non-denominational church with campuses across Alabama. I gathered much insight from his comparisons and handling of depression in biblical instances (mainly Elijah and Paul) with modern times. I found myself highlighting lots of prudent passages and gaining some very useful information to put into practice in my own life. Easy to read and well done. Much thanks to #ThomasNelson and #NetGalley for pro 4.5/5⭐️ This was written by the founder and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands, a Christian non-denominational church with campuses across Alabama. I gathered much insight from his comparisons and handling of depression in biblical instances (mainly Elijah and Paul) with modern times. I found myself highlighting lots of prudent passages and gaining some very useful information to put into practice in my own life. Easy to read and well done. Much thanks to #ThomasNelson and #NetGalley for providing me the early arc for review. The opinions are strictly my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Otis

    Great solid encouraging book. So many times when one find his/her self lost or in a dark place, one believes some the lies our minds tells us. This book reveals and releases one to ask and seek help from others and professionals. It’s ok and needed. The transparency is uplifting and let’s one know the you are not alone and it’s ok with being not ok. I recommend this material.

  10. 4 out of 5

    anon

    love that chris references the story of Elijah in this book, we learn more about his in depth story and how we can relate to him in our modern times.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barry

    One of the best books about overcoming depression. Hodges has some very real and practical insights based on the experiences of Elijah.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Swedberg

    Transparent, insightful, incredibly practical - very helpful for working with and parenting next generation.

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