The books included in this section have been lifted up in our e-Spotlights. While it is not possible to include all books addressing spirituality/faith and mental illness, we will continue to add book titles that we feature in our e-Spotlights. In most cases there is a link to purchasing these books.
Grace for the Afflicted:
A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness
By: Matthew S. Stanford
Why does the church struggle in ministering to those with mental illness? Church leader and psychology professor Matthew S. Stanford has seen far too many mentally ill people damaged by well-meaning believers who respond to them out of fear or misinformation rather than grace. This thoroughly revised and expanded edition of Grace for the Afflicted is consistent with the new DSM-5 diagnosis and is written to educate Christians about mental illness from both biblical and scientific perspectives.
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Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them
By: Simonetta Carr
When a son, sister or grandchild begins behaving in unexpected and disturbing ways, family members hope it may simply be a phase. For some, it is instead a lifetime illness - schizophrenia - which can bring shock, fear, and worry to everyone involved. In the midst of the numerous challenges, hope doesn't have to die.
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A Common Struggle
By: Patrick J. Kennedy
In this New York Times bestseller Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care's history in the country alongside his and every family's private struggles.
A Pastor's Guide for the Shadow of Depression
By: Gary H. Lovejoy, PhD
Pastors face unique challenges and unrealistic expectations that can lead to feelings of failure, deep sadness, and depression. Too often they feel no one understands, as if there's nowhere to turn. In this book, Dr. Gary Lovejoy comes alongside pastors to help them recognize when they may be depressed so they can find help and make needed changes. Even more, Dr. Lovejoy identifies assertive ways pastors can address critical issues before the shadows begin to envelop them. Depression is a warning sign that won't simply go away on its own. Every pastor should read this guide, even if they've never felt depressed. It may be the lifeline you need at a critical time.
A Pelican in the Wilderness: Depression, Psalms, Ministry and Movies
By: Robert W. Griggs
After serving for more than thirty years as a parish minister, Robert W. Griggs was hospitalized with major depression. This is the story of his depression and recovery and a recovery of health, vocation, and faith. To the mental health issues facing clergy and others in the helping professions Griggs brings to bear insights from research and from his own experience as a pastor and a person recovering from depression. He tells his story with spirit and humor.
A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression
By: Gary E. Nelson
Depression and related illnesses threaten to wreck the lives of many teens and their families. Suicide driven by these illnesses is one of the top killers of these young people. How do teens become depressed? What does depression feel like? How can we identify it? What helps depressed teens? What hurts them? How do families cope with teen depression? In A Relentless Hope Gary Nelson uses his experience as a pastor and pastoral counselor to guide the reader through an exploration of these and many other questions about teen depression.
Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability and Inclusion
By: Mark I. Pinsky
Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion is a new publication by noted religion writer Mark I. Pinsky. Pinsky has gathered stories from churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples across the country, "stories of people with disabilities and the congregations where they have found welcome." He has taken special care to include the widest range of disabilities, including non-apparent disabilities like lupus, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, depression, and mental illness.