Finding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of Christians With Mental Health Challenges
:People living with mental health challenges are not excluded from God's love or even the fullness of life promised by Jesus. Unfortunately, this hope is often lost amid the well-meaning labels and medical treatments that dominate the world of mental...
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:People living with mental health challenges are not excluded from God's love or even the fullness of life promised by Jesus. Unfortunately, this hope is often lost amid the well-meaning labels and medical treatments that dominate the world of mental health today. In Finding Jesus in the Storm, John Swinton makes the case for reclaiming that hope by changing the way we talk about mental health and remembering that, above all, people are people, regardless of how unconventionally they experience life. This means accepting the reality and ramifications of suffering while also affirming that there is more to humanity than cells and synapses.
Finding Jesus in the Storm is a call for the church to be an epicenter of compassion for those experiencing depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and related difficulties. Part of this compassion means breaking free of the assumptions that often accompany these diagnoses, allowing for the possibility that people living within unconventional states of mental health might experience God in unique ways that are real and perhaps even revelatory. In each chapter, Swinton gives voice to those experiencing the mental health challenges in question, so readers can see firsthand what God's healing looks like in a variety of circumstances. The result is a book about people instead of symptoms, description instead of diagnosis, and lifegiving hope for everyone in the midst of the storm.
John Swinton (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) holds the chair in practical theology and pastoral care and is director of the centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. His other books include Spirituality and Mental Health Care; Resurrecting the Person; Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil and From Bedlam to Shalom.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- :<p><b>table Of Contents</b></p><p>introduction: Life In All Of Its Fullness: Living Well With Jesus<br /> Part 1: The Art Of Description<br /> 1. Redescribing The World Of &ldquo;mental Illness:&rdquo; Description, Explanation, And The Problem With The Dsm<br /> 2. Resurrecting Phenomenology: Thick Descriptions And The Lived Experience Of Mental Health Challenges<br /> Part 2: Diagnosis<br /> 3. Taking Our Meds Faithfully: The Ambiguity Of Diagnosis And The Social Power Of Medication<br /> Part 3: Redescribing Depression<br /> 4. Lament And Joy: Depression, Antifeeling, And The (sometimes Vague) Possibility Of Joy<br /> 5. Finding God In The Darkness: Testifying To The Presence Of An Absent God<br /> Part 4: Hearing Voices<br /> 6. Understanding Psychosis: Faith, Schizophrenia, And The Meaning Of &ldquo;symptoms&rdquo;<br /> 7. Hearing Voices: Moving Beyond &ldquo;symptoms&rdquo; Toward Meaning<br /> 8. A Strange Kind Of Loneliness: Alice&rsquo;s Story<br /> Part 5: Bipolar Faith<br /> 9. Bipolar Faith: Toward A Spirituality Of Bipolar Disorder<br /> 10. Bipolar Disorder And The Hidden Nature Of Suffering: Delusions, Demons, And The Nature Of Truth-telling<br /> Conclusion: Redescribing Healing: Theology That Drops Down Into The Heart<br /> Appendix: Mental Health Resources</p>