Troubled Minds Mental Illness and the Church's Mission

ISBN-10: 0830843043
ISBN-13: 9780830843046
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 5/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 222
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Mental illness is the sort of thing we don’t like to talk about. It doesn’t reduce nicely to simple solutions and happy outcomes. So instead, too often we reduce people who are mentally ill to caricatures and ghosts, and simply pretend they don’t exist. They do exist, however—statistics suggest that one in four people suffer from some kind of mental illness. And then there’s their friends and family members, who bear their own scars and anxious thoughts, and who see no safe place to talk about the impact of mental illness on their lives and their loved ones. Many of these people are sitting in churches week after week, suffering in stigmatized silence. InTroubled MindsAmy Simpson, whose family knows the trauma and bewilderment of mental abuse, reminds us that people with mental illness are our neighbors and our brothers and sisters in Christ, and she shows us the path to loving them well and becoming a church that loves God with whole hearts and whole souls, with the strength we have and with minds that are whole as well as minds that are troubled.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Family Story
Mental Illness Is Mainstream
Suffering People
Coping
Church Life
Ministry Life
Persistent Stigma
What Churches Can Do
What God Does
Notes
Resources for Ministry to People Affected by Mental Illness
About the Author

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