Senior Professor of Psychology and Dean Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Using cutting edge medical and psychological science, Dr. Hall provides
a tremendous practical guide for anyone wanting to break out of depression. His ‘Chemical Cascade’ metaphor enlightens
the reader to a medical viewpoint of depression. His ‘SMART’ model for recovery communicates an easily understandable
pathway to healing. Most important of all, he provides biblical guidance for understanding what is commonly misperceived as
a failure of faith. It is a book full of hope for anyone who suffers from depression!"
Paul Meier, M.D.
Author of over 80 books and founder of national chain of non-profit Meier
Hall has brilliantly and compassionately combined his vast knowledge about depression from his research and his personal experiences
helping people recover. He not only explains the many factors that can rob us of our joy in life, including stressors, genetic
factors and even faulty religious concepts, but goes on to also share with us a series of positive steps we can use to walk
out of the darkness of depression to the light of joy, grace, and love. I highly recommend this book."
Psy.D., Psychologist in Residence, Focus on the Family
Don Hall hits the nail on the head when he describes depression as a “complicated problem that calls for a multistep
solution.” Don’s book Breaking Through Depression is a must-read for anyone who has ever experienced the debilitating
effects of clinical depression—or who has felt helpless as they’ve watched a loved one struggle with the symptoms
of depression. I thank the Lord that Don has brought his scientific knowledge, theological insight and years of experience
to bear in this important book!"
David Allen MD, MPH
Distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Author
of Contemplation: Intimacy in a Distant World
beautiful book—Dr. Hall has provided the general public with a basic, yet profound discussion of the serious illness
of depression. Written clearly and concisely, the book covers complex biochemical and genetic issues and provides the reader
with an open nonjudgmental approach to spiritual integration in understanding and dealing with this universal malady."
H. Norman Wright
and author of over seventy books
will be a welcome relief for anyone suffering from depression. The author is knowledgeable, informative, and practical, and
he identifies causes and provides solutions that other books tend to neglect."
"By combining solid scientific evidence with his
practitioner’s grasp of human nature, Dr. Hall has provided a clearly marked roadmap to improved mental health."
Dan G. Blazer MD, PhD
of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center. Author of The Age of Melancholy and Freud
"Don Hall has written
an important and unique book. He weaves lessons from psychiatry and spirituality into a rich texture of insights about the
recognition and treatment of emotional suffering. His SMART steps formula is elegantly simple, providing mileposts along the
path to recovery."
Genesis Continuing Education
"This book provides
a vision for life on the other side of depression."