Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis by Brad Hoefs (@bradhoefs)

Jan 30

Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis by Brad Hoefs (@bradhoefs)

When I was first diagnosed with a mental illness (bipolar disorder), I had an all or nothing approach that included Option A: a devastated life with mental illness, or Option B: complete and perfect healing by God. That was the only way I could think about it. And, in fact, I believe the church taught me to think about it in those terms. As I worked through the...

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Troubled Minds by Amy Simpson (@aresimpson)

Jan 23

Troubled Minds by Amy Simpson (@aresimpson)

During Amy Simpson’s youth, her mother developed schizophrenia. She knows firsthand the traumas and difficulties of families with mental illness. That’s why she writes with such passion and compassion for others who struggle with mental health problems. In particular, she points out the many ways the church has failed people with mental health issues. In her book,...

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Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say To Themselves

Jan 18

Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say To Themselves

I don’t often publish book reviews of general writing books, but here’s one I read last year so I included the review I posted on Goodreads. It’s not a Christian book by any means, but writing books don’t have to be religious. 🙂 This particular book helps discouraged writers reframe their negative thoughts into positive ones. This helps...

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Bipolar Happens by Julie Fast (@JulieBipolar)

Jan 16

Bipolar Happens by Julie Fast (@JulieBipolar)

Julie Fast’s book, Bipolar Happens: 35 Tips and Tricks to Manage Bipolar Disorder, is a quick read, but a thought-provoking one. She covers 35 problems people with bipolar face and describes not only her debilitating problems but her own tried and proven coping strategies. She covers everything from the fear of going to public events to bipolar spending sprees and...

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Bigger than Impossible: Keys to Experiencing the Impossible through God

Jan 12

Bigger than Impossible: Keys to Experiencing the Impossible through God

Bigger Than Impossible is a great title. The gist of the book’s message was that we won’t know God is bigger than impossible situations if we never put ourselves in impossible situations. She talked about rebuilding efforts after hurricane Katrina, going to the Philippines as a missionary (she had never even flown before), and her husband’s battle with advanced...

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If a Fourth Grader Can Write a Book Review, So Can You!

Jan 11

If a Fourth Grader Can Write a Book Review, So Can You!

After asking for volunteers to read and review my book, Sweeter Than Chocolate, I found a common theme among responses. Those who declined a free copy of my book seemed to think writing a review would be too difficult. With that in mind, I’ve assembled some tips for writing a review. There’s even a PDF version at the bottom of the post for you to save...

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