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Five 5-Star Christian Books on Mental Health and Physical Disability

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When it comes to mental health issues, Christian responses are all over the board. That’s why I’ve been reading Christian books on depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. I want to hear a wide range of thoughts, but more importantly, I want to know which books to recommend on the topic. Out of my recent batch of a dozen books on the topic, I found five books worthy of a 5-star rating and worth reading if you have an interest in mental health from a Christian perspective.   Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace Michael S. Beates 2012 194 pages   Mental illness falls under a larger umbrella of physical illness and disability. Our theology for one ought to be the same for the other. I was absolutely delighted with the way Michael Beates went through the Bible discussing every instance of disability. It was astounding to read how many times God says...

God’s Grace for Depression

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The past month has been challenging. My brother came home with a chest cold and my mom promptly caught it, exactly one year after she had been in the hospital because her heart caused fluid to build up in her lungs until she nearly drowned. I took care of her around the clock and we both went three consecutive nights without sleep at all. One night, she coughed with every single breath and I was scared to death. Fortunately, I never caught their chest cold and they are both well now. But three nights without sleep played havoc with my mental health. One of the obvious symptoms of bipolar mania is the increased energy that reduces my need for sleep. But when circumstances disrupt a healthy sleep pattern, the lack of sleep can also signal my brain to trigger mania, which is what happened. You know what they say: “the higher you go, the harder you fall.” When mania dies out, it crashes...

I Had a Black Dog. His Name Was Depression.

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Some people say Winston Churchill was the first person to call his depression a black dog that followed him everywhere. Others say the expression preceded Churchill. Whichever the case, the black dog of depression has been around for generations now. And this old dog is up to the same old tricks. The black dog will train you, if you let it. But it’s better if you train the black dog.     This video is really well-done, so I can’t help but mention that the artist and author also has a book:Living with a Black Dog: His Name Is Depression by Matthew Johnstone.     Of course, faith in God helps us work through depression. God is always ready to help us. Feeling depressed? Make this your prayer: Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me...

Darkness Cannot Hide Me from God

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Are you hiding from God? Do you fear that the shame of your depression keeps you from God? Have you been told depression is a sin or a lack of faith? It’s not. God understands the darkness you feel. He feels your pain. Even Jesus felt great despair in the Garden of Gethsemane. When the darkness of depression closes in, I call these words to mind: I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. Psalm 139:11-12 There is no depression so dark that it can keep God away. The darkness of depression is like a dense fog or cloud around our lives, but it cannot hide us from God. We are not lost or out of His sight. We are never beyond his reach. He is with us in the deepest darkness. He knows exactly where you are and what you’re experiencing...

Stay Encouraged by KP Yohannan

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Stay Encouraged K.P. Yohannan 2014 50 pages   Stay Encouraged is a booklet by K.P. Yohannan to remind us that when discouragement comes (and it will), look to God. The author says every circumstance is “an opportunity to seek the Lord and rely on Him.” Discouragement is Satan’s favorite tool. As founder of Gospel for Asia, K.P. Yohannan says their ministry receives an average of 25 letters a day from people contemplating suicide. The person always waits until they hear back because people want to be encouraged. “Discouragement and depression happen to a lot of godly people,” writes Yohannan. He goes on to cite numerous godly examples in the Bible who were so depressed they wanted to die: Jonah, Elijah, and even Paul. There was a big difference between then and now. In the Bible, people didn’t try to hide discouragement like we do today. Instead, they came to God and told Him. Psalms is...