Grace is a Pre-Existing Condition: Faith, Systems, and Mental Healthcare
* A theological perspective on mental health and mental health care * Offers hope, transformation, and practical guidance for people of faith to respond to the brokenness of this country's mental health system Emerging from David Finnegan-Hosey's personal experience of...
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* A theological perspective on mental health and mental health care * Offers hope, transformation, and practical guidance for people of faith to respond to the brokenness of this country's mental health system Emerging from David Finnegan-Hosey's personal experience of living with a diagnosis deemed a "preexisting condition" by insurance companies, this book explores the theological and spiritual dimensions of our public discourse around mental healthcare and mental illness and finds there the transformative reality of grace. The author's insights will be of benefit to anyone concerned about creating a more just healthcare system, but particularly those who struggle with-and care for those who struggle with-mental health. Though focusing on mental health, including preexisting conditions and medical debt, his observations are equally applicable to people dealing with a variety of physical and chronic illnesses. While intentionally approaching the subject through the lens of Christian theology, this book is a contribution to a broader conversation about healthcare policy; a conversation which is likely to be in the spotlight in future political debates. Combining the accessibility of personal narrative with issues receiving attention on the national scale, Grace Is a Preexisting Condition can begin vital and creative dialogues at a crucial time for the church and the country.
DAVID FINNEGAN-HOSEY is chaplain-in-residence at Georgetown University and previously served at American University and the University of Hawaii. He holds a master's degree in divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, Finnegan-Hosey has since begun speaking and writing on the intersections between mental illness, faith, and the process ofhealing and is certified by Mental Health First Aid USA to provide initial help to people experiencing depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders. In 2015, he spoke at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina, and has shared his testimony with campus ministries, local congregations, and blog audiences and been featured on Emerging Voices on Patheos.com, as well as theMediaScorch podcast.
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- Introduction: Starting With Grace<br />
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- Part 1 / Beginnings<br />
- 1. What&rsquo;s Pre-existing, And What Isn&rsquo;t<br />
- 2. Insurance And Assurance<br />
- 3. Forgive Us Our Debts<br />
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- Part 2 / Systems<br />
- 4. Mental Illness Isn&rsquo;t Violence<br />
- (but Our Systems Sure Are Sick)<br />
- 5. There (but) For The Grace Of God<br />
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- Part 3 / Care<br />
- 6. Care, Context, And The Common Good<br />
- 7. Sharing Stories To Change The World<br />
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- Conclusion: And Grace Will Lead Us Home<br />
- Resources For Action, Advocacy, And Care</p>