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Conquering Depression



Part of the “Living Free” series

Do you feel discouraged or mildly depressed much of the time? Or do you sometimes feel hopeless, as if you are trapped in the bottom of a deep pit and there is no way out? Do you often feel like giving up?

The practical steps in this cross-cultural, Bible-based book will help you escape a sense of discouragement or defeat. With God’s help, you can begin to climb out of the deep pit of depression.

Doug Britton, M.Ed., MFT. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5½ x 8½. Wire “spiral” binding. 156 pages.

Click here for Table of Contents


Prepare Your Heart for Healing

1   Introduction

2   Take Care of Your Physical Health

3   Identify Reasons for Your Depression

4   Identify Your Thought Patterns

Find Freedom with God

5   Pray for God’s Help

6   Understand and Accept God’s Grace

7   Meditate on God’s Love

8   Turn from Sin

9   Engage in Spiritual Warfare

10  Keep a Heavenly Perspective

Move Beyond Disappointment

11  Expect Problems and Disappointments

12  Do Not Take Things Personally

13  Don’t Be Agitated If Evil People Prosper

14  Respond to Problems by Rejoicing

15  Forgive Others

16  Take Action When Appropriate

Cultivate Positive Attitudes

17  Focus on the Positive

18  Learn to be Content

19  Choose Joy

20  Praise God throughout the Day

Cultivate Positive Practices

21  Discipline Yourself to Do Something

22  Serve Others

23  Develop Close Friendships

24  Fulfill Your Purpose

25  Leave the Results in God’s Hands

Look to the Future

26  My Plan

27  Final Thoughts


Small Group Leader’s Guide

Tips for Leaders

Step-by-Step Meeting Plan


Do you struggle with discouragement or depression?

If you are depressed, you may find yourself exhausted, confused, sleepless (or sleeping all the time), indecisive, irritated, sad, hopeless, and discouraged. You may feel overwhelmed by life and unable to perform even the simplest tasks of daily living.

There is hope in the Christ. Whether you are dealing with discouragement or depression, this practical, Bible-based book will help you:

  • Discover underlying reasons for your depression
  • Identify and change your thought patterns
  • Turn failures into opportunities
  • Develop close friendships
  • Forgive others
  • Choose joy

Whatever your situation, God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). This book describes practical Bible-based steps you can take to find joy. Remember Jesus’ promise:

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).


This book is interactive

As you read each chapter, you will answer personal application questions that will help you take steps to freedom. You will discover that Conquering Depression goes beyond telling you what to do; it also helps you understand how to change.


This book can transform your life

Read a few pages at a time, then put the principles into practice. As you learn and practice what the Bible says, taking one step at a  time, you will find yourself climbing out of depression. May God bless you on this journey and grant you an abundant and joyful life.



In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:

Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.

Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.

Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.

Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.

Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.

Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.

Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.

“Three-in-one” — great for small group studies.This book has all the information you would expect to find in three separate books:

  • Book — with practical, Bible-based information,
  • Workbook — with “personal application” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
  • Small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders at the end of the book.


This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.

Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.

He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.

Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.

Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.

More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.

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