Item description for A Soul Under Siege: Surviving Clergy Depression by C. Welton Gaddy, Wayne E. Oates & Wayne E. Cates...
Overview What happens when a pastor becomes seriously depressed? Some continue working, since ''the show must go on.'' Gaddy didn't. In his intensely personal book, he tells how he ''stopped the show,'' entered a modern psychiatric hospital, and discovered there a more honest and vulnerable community than he'd ever known in the church. Along the way, Gaddy looks realistically at aspects of pastoral ministry that promote depression and other destructive behaviors.
What do ministers do when they get depressed? Do they just work because "the show must go on"? Some ministers may, but C. Welton Gaddy did not. In this intensely personal book, described by Wayne E. Oates as "frank, considerate, and attention keeping," the author tells the story of how he "stopped the show," entered a well-organized, modern psychiatric unit, and received psychiatric care. He also tells of his discovery in the hospital of a more honest community than he had ever known in the church. Gaddy describes his experiences as a pastoral minister who went from good to bad health (including a deep depression) and back to even better health. In a sometimes painfully confessional but always soundly theological narrative, the author takes a realistic look at those aspects of ministry that can be destructive.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Sep 19, 1991
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664252117 ISBN13 9780664252113
Availability 141 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 24, 2017 08:21.
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More About C. Welton Gaddy, Wayne E. Oates & Wayne E. Cates
Gaddy has a wide range of pastoral experience. Most recently he was Pastor at Highland Hills Baptist Church, Macon, Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. and Th.M. in Christian Ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.
C. Welton Gaddy currently resides in the state of Georgia.