Wheaton College President Philip Ryken on Moment When He Thought of Taking His Life

August 6, 2016|12:32 pm

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Dr. Phil Ryken speaking about personal struggles in an interview

Discussing his new book, When Trouble Comes, Dr. Phil Ryken, president of the evangelical higher education institution Wheaton College, shares in a candid interview his experiences during “a season of deep discouragement” when he even thought of taking his life, though not in a sustained way.

The book, published by Crossway, is focused on Jesus, Ryken says in a video interview with Justin Taylor, executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher for Crossway.

The Wheaton president adds he hasn’t done a “huge amount of self-disclosure” although he does share his own life struggles to help people understand the Gospel.

Ryken shares he went through a “season of deep discouragement” for a number of reasons, including “challenges we were facing as a family that brought a lot of distress and grief to



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