Come along to Reformers Bookshop for the launch of a new book by local author Chris Cipollone. Down, Not Out is a new book on Depression, Anxiety and the Difference Jesus Makes.
We will have Chris with us to tell us about his book and answer some of your questions. There will be coffee and refreshments. And, as always, plenty of great Christian books.
When and Where?
2pm - 4pm Saturday the 5th of May
140 Albany Road, Stanmore, 2064 NSW
Let us know you are coming through the Facebook event
Here is what people are saying about Down, Not Out:
"This book is beautifully straightforward, deeply honest and consistently profound. Chris Cipollone not only gives us a gentle yet compelling insight into the world of depression and anxiety, but consistently and winsomely points us to the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom real and ultimate answers are to be found.
It may not take long to read this book, but the time invested will change the way you think about and respond to mental-health issues, whether in your own life, your family or the church."
--- Gary Millar, Principal, Queensland Theological College
"Chris "gets" mental illness. He has been in the dark places and openly shares his personal experience. We hear of the help that can be gained from medical and psychological treatments and the difference that a supportive community can make.
But with a pastor’s heart, Chris’ main aim is to speak biblical truth into this difficult context—to gently correct false patterns of thinking and feeling, and above all, to point the reader to the joy and refreshment that is found in knowing that our acceptance, security and hope depend upon God’s unchanging love, not the quality of our mental health."
--- Keith Condie, Co-Director, Mental Health and Pastoral Care Institute, Anglican Deaconess Ministries, Sydney, Australia
"Anxiety and depression are two of the most common struggles according to statistics. Some say 20% of the population for each. Given the amount of uncertainty and tragedy in our world, this is not surprising.
But what are we to do with this reality? Do the Scriptures provide any hope for us?
With compassion, clarity and humility, Chris walks the reader through a refreshing look at how God's grace in Christ is the most important antidote for anxiety and depression.
As I read "Down, Not Out," I was personally encouraged. I found myself growing in compassion for so many people I know who struggle in significant ways.
Chris is realistic as he captures the multi-dimensional aspects of anxiety and depression and cautions us against simplistic quick-fixes. Rather, he offers a personal, gracious God who walks with us, encourages us, and provides hope and comfort along the path.
Each carefully written chapter exudes comfort and hope. I can't think of anyone who doesn't need that!"
--- Dr Tim Lane, President, Institute for Pastoral Care
"For followers of Christ who live with mental illness, this book acknowledges the reality and pain of that suffering, and points to the sweet solace that can be found in our gospel identity.
Chris shares wisdom from the Bible, and from his own personal experience with depression and anxiety, to offer genuine comfort, compassion, and trustworthy hope for those facing similar struggles."
--- Tanya Ling, Blogger
"Chris has written a book the church needs. With the authentic gentleness of his own experience, depression and anxiety are accurately described and examined in the light of Scripture, and Scripture is probed in the light of these turmoils. The result is winsome and wise Biblical counsel which honours Christ profoundly and will help sufferers and carers alike to navigate these hard paths towards him.
I’ve already been helped; now I’ll be using this book, and commending it widely."
--- Dr Andrew Nicholls, Director of Pastoral Care, Oak Hill College