Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #22


Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is Matthew 5:16 which reads, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Chuck Colson. He said, “Few things are so deadly as a misguided sense of compassion.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “Undergraduate Days” (Part 3):

A year after my grandfather’s death, Uncle Arthur Mellette, who had been governor of South Dakota, also passed away not long after losing all his property no inconsiderable amount because of a defaulting state treasurer on whose bond he had gone. These deaths removed the last of the significant men in the family, and left me feeling the pressure of a situation to which I was unequal.

The sense of inadequacy was perhaps increased when in 1896 my sister entered college. She was received with open arms and was “rushed” vigorously by both the leading sororities. I was proud of her, but I was reminded of my own deficiencies. Through her I had contacts with the other sex, but I was still awkward, and the painful shyness of the high school period was still in evidence. I had to force myself when it came to speaking even in the classroom. I attended social affairs from a sense of duty, not because I found any satisfaction in them.

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