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Conquering Depression: Heavenly Wisdom from God Illumined Teachers
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0938635956, Paperback)Depression, "gloom and doom," although an ancient enemy, is especially prevalent in our modern times. Modern society is Godless. Godless not because man doesn't need God, but because he forgets God, being too busy "developing" the earth. Forgetfulness of God causes self-indulgence and thus insensitivity to the world around man. Insensitivity causes artificial loneliness, and self-centeredness enhances emptiness in self-worship. When man estranges himself from God, the source of life, life on earth becomes meaningless, or meaningful only in the sense of self-gratification. But since the soul by its nature needs God, the loneliness becomes unbearable for the soul and produces dissatisfaction, despondency and despair.
Depression (a modern word for hopelessness) is a kind of man-induced boredom, coupled with earthly inspiration to live the way the fallen world does. This earthly inspiration causes modern man, whether with communist-utopian or "new order" idealism, to attempt to build paradise in this world. But his artificial, man-made paradise turns out not to be paradise at all for the normal human being who wants to be happy, because natural living is happiness. Rather, it is an artificial golden cage, which imprisons the human spirit; and with the aid of cybernetics, this prison becomes mental and spiritual as well as material. Modern man is caught in his golden cage like a bird, and cannot but despair for lack of spiritual freedom.
CONQUERRING DEPRESSION presents a brief life of a healer of depression of our century, New Martyr Maria of Gatchina, together with a treasury of eternal teachings from the Holy Fathers and Mothers throughout the ages who taught from personal experience on how to fly out of the cage of despair. These teachings have already helped millions of suffering people to overcome the demonic spirit of depression and to attain freedom.
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