Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #5

Our Ordained Chaplains Scripture verse for today is John 21:15-17 which reads, “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Billy Graham. He said, “We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture’s mandate to us is, ‘Weep with them that weep.’”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “Early Years: Earliest Impressions” (Part 1):

My earliest recollections date from about the age of two and a half years, I can recall somewhat hazily a piece of bread and butter and sugar, a red dress, and a stove. I was inside the dress, attempting to get outside of the bread and butter, and I sat down on the hearth of the stove. The dress caught fire and the scene was burned into my memory. This happened in the Maxwell house at the corner of College Avenue and Fourth Street in Bloomington, Indiana. This house, as I recall it, was an L-shaped building two stories high on the Fourth Street side, which we occupied. On the College Avenue side was the one-story office of old Dr. James Darwin Maxwell, son of Dr. David H. Maxwell, who is generally recognized as the founder of Indiana University. At this time Bloomington was a town of perhaps twenty-five hundred. Its sidewalks consisted chiefly of flagstones and its streets were mostly of red clay, macadamized here and there with broken limestone. The University, where my father and my grandfather taught, occupied at that time a ten-acre tract at the south end of College Avenue two blocks from the Maxwell house.

From about the same period comes another memory, this time of Dr. Maxwell’s office. I went in with my father and we waited until a big man came in and took a seat. Young Dr. James D. Maxwell did something to him. Then he did something to me that hurt. I learned later that I had been vaccinated and that the big man was Professor David Starr Jordan, a friend of my father’s, and that, according to the approved procedure of those days, the doctor got from him the serum which he rubbed into my arm.

I can recall also a cane, a black cane with a white handle, of which I was very proud, and a visit to my grandparents in the big house on Second Street, Some cousins from Dakota were visiting there and five-year-old Dick, the youngest, who was two years my senior, was much interested in my cane. He offered to show me a trick with it. Immediately I consented. He then took the cane, placed it between two sticks of wood and brought an ax down upon it, explaining that canes were “dude stuff” and that they were not tolerated among he-men.

My sister, Marie, now Mrs. Morton Clark Bradley, was born in 1879, when I was two years and eleven months old, while we were living on North Walnut Street between Seventh and Eighth Streets. My memories of that event center around the fact that I was taken to a neighbor’s, the Fees, and that I was not permitted to go home. However, I was given some fresh-baked gingersnaps, and I was well content.

In our next broadcast, we will continue with Part 2 of “Early Years: Earliest Impressions.”


Now, if you have come across this broadcast, and do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!