I’m sitting here listening to the season’s first thunderstorm, and I have all of my windows open because I can’t get enough of the sweet-smelling breeze that’s brushing my face. The power is flickering on and off, so I wanted to post a few items of interest before I have to rummage for my candles and my internet gets zapped.
I’ve decided to start a weekly list of helpful and encouraging links, and since it’s Wednesday and that’s as good a day as any to make a list, I’m going to call it Wednesday’s Hope Round-Up! This first list is a great one, I have to say.
Christians Can’t Ignore the Uncomfortable Reality of Mental Illness
I am just starting to get to know Amy Simpson, who is an editor at Christianity Today and the author of, among other titles, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission. Amy grew up with a mother who struggled with schizophrenia and understands what it’s like live with someone dealing with mental illness on a daily basis. She knows how hard it is to make sense of someone who cannot even make sense of themselves. Like me – and so many others – the death of Rick Warren’s son was a very jarring piece of news to receive. Amy and I agree that Christians can no longer hide from this issue, and the health and survival of too many people are on the line to strike out. This article very succinctly lays out what we often do wrong in relating to people with mental illness, and gives specific guidance on how we can do better.
What Christians Need to Know About Mental Health
Those of you who are familiar with Women of Faith might be familiar with the name Ann Voskamp. I had heard the name but was not terribly familiar with her writings until my friend, Linda, sent me a link to this blog post. I am Ann’s newest fan. I love how she writes so poetically. I wish I wrote like that. I also think she has a slammin’ haircut. 🙂
Bryan Lowe is the real deal. He’s a pastor who has mental illness, including bipolar disorder, and he’s not afraid to talk about it. If you want encouragement, understanding, and tender insight, I suggest you fix yourself a cup of coffee and spend a little time looking around BB.
Tears to Joy
Natalie Flake’s husband, Michael, was a man of God who loved his wife, his little girl, and ministering to others. He was also tortured by bipolar disorder, and often refused to take his medication as prescribed, and eventually succumbed to his disease by committing suicide. Natalie’s story is one of hope, healing, rebirth, and Tears To Joy provides practical advice on how to love a hurting person as Jesus would.
Tomorrow I’m going to be blogging about my relationship with Shaunti Feldhahn, and how her book For Women Only transformed my marriage. I’ll also be giving away a FREE newly updated copy to one of my readers.
Thunderstorm photo available from Shutterstock