Why Have You Forsaken Me?

A Personal Reflection on the Experience of Desolation

By John E. Colwell

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

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  • ISBN: 9781620322666
  • Pages: 184
  • Publication Date: 4/5/2012
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40
Web Price: $18.40

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

A Personal Reflection on the Experience of Desolation

By John E. Colwell

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781620322666
  • Pages: 184
  • Publication Date: 4/5/2012
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40

About-

"Why have you forsaken me?"

In this powerful book on the experience of desolation John Colwell focuses on Psalm 22, read in the light of his own struggle with bi-polar disorder and the Christian belief that God the Son suffered in his humanity, to offer existential-theological reflections on the experience of God-forsakenness.
Colwell writes, "My concern in writing this book and in reading this psalm is to reflect on the felt experience of God-forsakenness, my own and that of Christ, in the light of this psalm; to explore the theological and spiritual significance of this felt experience for myself, for Christ, for Christians generally. If this exploration proves to be helpful to me or to others then I am glad, but I am not writing this book to be helpful but rather to be truthful (and perhaps hopeful)."

Endorsements & Reviews-

"This book is a gift to anyone who has been touched by the darkness of bi-polar illness. Colwell's willingness to write honestly about his illness will be an aid for those struggling with the condition, but even more important is his use of the psalms and attention to Jesus' way of dereliction to locate how such illness is not "pointless". This is a book that needed to be written. But only someone like John Colwell could write it."
--Stanley Hauerwas
Gilbert T Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School, USA

"It is a well-known fact that the Church doesn't 'do depression' Melancholy just doesn't sit comfortably with our sanguine view of spiritual progress. Thank God, however, that John Colwell has the guts to attend to this erroneous state of affairs and offer us a spirituality that embraces the wintry as well as the sunny seasons of our lives."
--Ian Stackhouse
Team Leader, Guildford Baptist Church, England

"If the best theology is attentive to Scripture, focused on Christ, and meaningful for human life in all its messiness, then there are few better examples than this new book by John Colwell."
--Steve Holmes
Lecturer in Theology, University of St Andrews, Scotland

Contributors-

John E. Colwell

Bio(s)-

John E. Colwell is Honorary Research Fellow at Spurgeon's College, London and Minister at Budleigh Salterton Baptist Church, Devon. He is author of Promise and Presence (Paternoster) and The Rhythm of Doctrine (Paternoster).

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