A Great (Discounted) Gift Idea!

Are you looking for a life-changing gift this season? I have a great idea for you: coaching. Now through 12/31, I’m offering 50 percent off coaching when you pay for it as a gift to someone else. If you want to take advantage of this, or you want to know more about what my coaching […]

Worried? Let God Change Your Mind

There was a time when I was nearly powerless against my own emotions. Growing up as a sensitive person in a household made confusing by my mother’s schizophrenia, I learned to mask my feelings well—but that was the only way I knew how to handle them. And when bad things happened, my plans didn’t work […]

10 Things I Didn’t Think I Could Be Thankful For

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for my wonderful family, meaningful and enjoyable work, a roof over my head, and food on our table. I really am. But when I think about it, I remember that present realities–and things I experience as good–aren’t all I have to be thankful for. Each year when Thanksgiving rolls around, most […]

Want to Be Loved? Stop Hiding.

When I was in high school, my family lived a few blocks from a college campus. This was tremendously convenient for my older brother and sister, who attended the school. It also came in handy for the rest of us if we wanted to visit one of them on campus, shop in the campus bookstore, […]

Guest Post: 3 Tips for Coping with Today’s Biggest Threat to Mental Health

Loneliness: It’s an even greater public health hazard than obesity. As perspective, obesity reportedly affects one in three Americans and is a leading cause of preventable death in this country. Loneliness’ impact is only expected to keep growing. So went the sobering conclusion of research presented in August 2017 at the 125th Annual Convention of […]

Who’s in Your Spiritual Family?

If you know anything about me and my most common writing topics, you know my family of origin has seen our share of rough times. Severe mental illness, along with its attendant hardships, is capable of disrupting every aspect of family life, including connections between family members. I’m familiar with those disruptions, and I’m thankful […]

Grace for the Afflicted: A Book Review

I’ve been looking forward to posting this review of Matthew Stanford’s revised and expanded book. I first read this book when I was writing Troubled Minds, and I found it to be a very solid, informative, thoughtful work. I’m glad Stanford and InterVarsity Press have worked to update it because it was first published in […]

Q&A: How Can I Ask My Church for Help with Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

5 Questions to Help You Own Your Leadership Style

“People keep telling me I’m a leader, but I’ve never really seen myself that way. Now I find myself in this leadership role, and I don’t really know how it’s supposed to look.” Sometimes my coaching clients say things like this. They feel overwhelmed by the expectations of leadership and feel like imposters in their […]

Guest Post: Mental Illness, Prayer, and Extravagant Grace

Please enjoy this post from Catherine P. Downing (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about her and her resources for families living with mental illness). Catherine is a writer, an advocate, and a consultant. She’s also mother to a son affected by serious mental illness, and she practices what […]

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