Mental Health for Christians: Biblical Terms for Healing Include the Term for “Therapy”

Mar 22

Mental Health for Christians: Biblical Terms for Healing Include the Term for “Therapy”

Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 2     Mental illness brings many challenges, but perhaps the biggest challenge can be coping with the false beliefs of other Christians. Well-meaning Christians lay additional burdens on people with mental illness by telling them things like:...

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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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The Subtle Message about Mental Health in Captain America: Civil War **Spoiler Alert**

May 17

The Subtle Message about Mental Health in Captain America: Civil War **Spoiler Alert**

I just saw Captain America: Civil War at the theater. I’m a fan of Marvel’s superhero movies, but I feel a little conflicted about this one. For one thing, everyone was out for revenge against everyone else, it seemed, although that turned out to be the point of the movie: revenge doesn’t make you feel better. The story was intricately woven, even more so than...

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Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness by Matthew S. Stanford

Feb 09

Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness by Matthew S. Stanford

Grace for the Afflicted A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness Matthew S. Stanford 2008 262 pages   Matthew Stanford, Ph.D. is professor of psychology, neuroscience and biomedical studies at Baylor University. Professionally he has worked with a variety of mentally ill and brain injured individuals. In his book, Grace for the Afflicted, he...

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