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When Darkness Seems My Closest Friend

Reflections on Life and Ministry with Depression
Narrated by: Mark Meynell
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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‘I’m looking for the words and writing for those who can’t imagine the words.’  

Mark Meynell articulates a heart pain that most of us simply couldn’t express. He connects strongly and immediately with fellow cave dwellers. We relive significant moments from boarding school, Uganda, Berlin and London. We visit the Psalms, Job and The Pilgrim’s Progress

If you’re after neat conclusions and a fair-weather faith, this is not for you. This audiobook serves up gritty reality and raw honesty but also the heartfelt hope that the author’s brokenness ‘can somehow contribute to another person’s integration’ and ‘inspire their clinging while beset by darkness or fog or blizzards’.  

About the author: Mark Meynell is Director for Langham Preaching and Langham Partnership (Europe and Caribbean). For nine years, until 2014, he worked on the senior Ministry team at All Souls Langham Place, London. Previously he had been involved in student ministry and taught biblical studies at a seminary in Kampala, Uganda. He blogs at Quaerentia. He is married to Rachel, and they have two teenage children.

©2018 Inter-Varsity Press, Mark Meynell (P)2018 Inter-Varsity Press, Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Critic reviews

"Mark invites fellow cave-dwellers and those who love us to walk (or collapse) with him on the road... For the first time in a long while, we rest." (Zack Eswine) 

"Moving and fascinating." (Sean Fletcher)

"Profound, unusual and very personal...demonstrates the extraordinary relevance and power of the Bible in helping us to connect our often mysterious and confusing experiences to God’s bigger story. Mark’s creative appendix of music, books, poetry, websites and blogs, which have helped him survive his 'cave', is invaluable." (Richard Winter) 

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This is the best book on depression I have listened to. It was
Very honest and moving Ideal for those in pastoral ministry.

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A must listen!

Simply remarkable! Meynell is an excellent writer and an equally excellent narrator. The book is self-revealing, imaginative, thought-provoking, and comforting all at the same time. A balm to the soul!