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Spurgeon’s Sorrows

Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression

Zack Eswine
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Christians should have the answers, shouldn’t they?

Depression affects many people around us; we and our loved ones are not exempt. With this compassionate exploration of the struggles faced by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a renowned 19th–century preacher, who himself endured bouts of severe depression, Zack Eswine provides realistic hope and practical guidance for those grappling with depression. Drawing on Spurgeon’s experiences and wisdom, Eswine offers readers comfort from a fellower sufferer, and hope from the same God.


Spurgeon’s words are not shallow: he knew the valley and he knew the God who walked him through it. The light Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness and enable us to shed light on the darkness experienced by others.


Understanding Depression: Depression is complex and can affect anyone, including people of faith, without being a sign of spiritual failure.

Spurgeon’s Experiences: Spurgeon’s transparency about his struggles with depression provides an authentic example of dealing with mental health issues.

Biblical Insights: Biblical teachings and theological reflections offer comfort, emphasizing God’s constant grace and love even in despair.

Practical Advice: The book offers practical tips like seeking professional help, self–care, and community support, encouraging patience and trust in God’s presence.

Role of the Church: Advocates for a compassionate church culture that supports those with depression without judgment.

Realistic Hope: Emphasizes acknowledging the pain of depression while holding on to the hope of healing and comfort, assuring readers they are not alone.


Spurgeon’s Sorrows combines historical insights with practical and spiritual guidance, making it a valuable resource for anyone affected by depression, as well as for those who seek to support them.


Zack Eswine

About Zack Eswine

Zack Eswine is the Senior Pastor at the Riverside Church and Director of Homiletics at Covenant Theological Seminary, both in St Louis, Missouri. A list of his writings can be found at


  • Author: Zack Eswine
  • Release Date: November 2015
  • Pages: 144
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781781915387
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Christian Life > Spiritual Growth


The words 'realistic hope' are in the subtitle, and that is exactly what this book offers. The writing style is winsome and the way he frames Spurgeon's quotes almost make it sound as if the great man was writing last week.

The Evangelical Magazine, Published by Evangelical Movement of Wales

Zack Eswine's beautifully crafted Spurgeon's Sorrows is poetry for the soul. Weaving Spurgeon's acquaintance with depression with his own, Zack gives language to the honest struggle of the weary. He kindly invites sufferers, and their fellow sojourners, to breathe what is true, offering grace-filled help and real hope. An exquisite book.

Patti Hawley, Licensed Professional Counselor; Faculty Adjunct, Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, Missouri
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