Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 58, Issue 6, pp 2324–2326 | Cite as

Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter

By Michael S. Lundy and J. I. Packer. Wheaton: Zondervan, 2018. ISBN-13 978-1-4335-4206-0 (pbk)
  • Dallas B. PittsEmail author
Book Review

I have always wanted to review a work written by a Puritan, but since we are a few centuries apart, I thought I may never have the chance. Now, my wish has come true thanks to both Drs. J. I. Packer and Michael Lundy’s updated and revised work from selections of Richard Baxter’s A Christian Directory,particularly on the subjects of depression and anxiety. For those familiar with Baxter’s writings, he supplied the church with such a magnitude of pastoral works; hence, it is fitting that Lundy and Packer give this small but potent dose of Baxter’s pastoral wisdom to us to contemplate on its own. For those unfamiliar with Baxter’s life and work, a short summary will help. Richard Baxter (1615–1691) served as a minister in several congregations in England, most notably at Kidderminster. As a Puritan, he was known for his nonconformist stance in the Church of England, but among these parishioners he was known for his pastoral care practices and extensive writing on the subject. He was...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Baptist College of Health SciencesMemphisUSA

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