Depressed Men Fellowship

Depressed in Name Only

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What gives with the name? Are you really depressed? If so why?
A: The name comes from a nickname given the group by one member's wife when the book club was studying a book called "Spiritual Depression".

Q: Where are you located?
A: Most of our members live in and around Carbondale, IL. Likewise most of our gatherings occur in Carbondale, though several other Southern Illinois communities are represented by our members.

Q: Are women welcome at your meetings?
A: Because of the nature of the book study/prayer time women have not historically been part of that portion of our meetings. Men often share very personal issues during the prayer time. However, women (often wives, children or girlfriends of members) have participated in the fellowship portion following the book study. Additionally, members and their wives have regular gatherings and activities; picnics, holiday parties, etc.

Q: What kinds of books have you studied?
A: Because the central characteristic of most of the members is their faith in Jesus Christ, most of the books read have been on faith-related topics, though books on science, social issues, history and other topics have been read and discussed. Here is a partial list of of some of the books that have been read (will try to keep updated):

  1. Postmodernism—Frederick Jamison
  2. Spiritual Depression—Martin Lloyd-Jones
  3. C.S. Lewis & Francis Schaeffer—Burson and Walls
  4. Dawn to Decadence—Jacques Barzun
  5. Eyes Wide Open—William Romanowski
  6. Crook in the Lot – Thomas Boston
  7. Orthodoxy—G. K. Chesterton
  8. Your God is too Small—J.B. Phillips
  9. Wild at Heart-- John Eldredge
  10. Desiring God—John Piper
  11. Pensee--Pascal
  12. Various Christian Classics, including:
    1. Confessions of St. Patrick
    2. Imitation of Christ
    3. Little Flowers of St. Francis
    4. Theologica Germanica
    5. Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    6. Practice of the Presence of God
  13. Ragamuffin Gospel--Manning
  14. Darwin’s Black Box--Behe
  15. New Testament and the People of God—N.T. Wright
  16. Heavenly Man—Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway
  17. Atkinson
  18. Daktar—Viggo Olsen
  19. Trouble with Islam—Irshad Manji
  20. Breaking the Spell—Daniel Dennett
  21. Alone of all Her Sex—Marina Warner
  22. The Meaning of Love—Vladimir Soliviev
  23. Eros (from the Four Loves)—C.S. Lewis
  24. Power Through Prayer—E.M. Bounds
  25. What Was I Thinking?Steve Brown
  26. The Enemy at Home—Dinish D’Souza
  27. Generous Orthodoxy—Brian McClaren
  28. What's So Great About Christianity---Dinesh D'Souza
  29. Commentary on Galatians – Martin Luther
  30. Clement’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians
  31. Melito of Sardis on the Passover
  32. How the Irish Saved Civilization – Thomas Cahill
  33. Revelation Chapters 18-22 - St. John
  34. Reflections on a Ravaged Century – Robert Conquest.
  35. Revelation: Four Views - Steve Gregg-Editor
  36. Reason, Faith, and Revolution - Terry Eagleton
  37. Humane Economy – Wilhelm Roepke
  38. Exclusion and Embrace – Miroslav Volf
  39. History of the Catholic Church – Hans Kung
  40. What’s on God’s Sin List for Today? – Tom Hobson
  41. The German Genius – Peter Watson
  42. * The Privileged Planet - Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards
  43. Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Plan For The World – Tim Keller
  44. A Man CAN Survive His Dreams – W.D. Moore
  45. A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good – Miroslav Volf
  46. Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination – Lamar Waldron
  47. Kindness – Father Faber
  48. Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church – Kenda Creasy Dean
  49. Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics – Ross Douthat
  50. The Present Age – Soren Kierkegard
  51. The Last Comanche Chief: The Life and Times of Quanah Parker – Bill Neeley
  52. The Naked Communist – W. Cleon Skousen
  53. * The Crusades: The World's Debate - Hilaire Belloc

 * current study

Q: So what church are you a part of?
A: The Depressed Men group is not a program or ministry of any particular church or denomination. Members cover a cross-section of church affiliations including some that don't attend church at all. Everyone is welcome.

The members are about as diverse as a group can be. There are educators, students, engineers, pastors, auto mechanics, business owners, musicians, and many other professional types represented - from college age up to those in their 50's & 60's.

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