5 Reasons to Be Thankful All Year

If you’re like me, you’re finding it hard to believe November is here. (And again, if you’re like me, you’re probably also grateful that we’ll soon be putting this difficult year behind us.) But ready or not, here we are. Most of the leaves have fallen from my backyard maple, the sun goes down before dinner, and […]

A Good Time for Selah

Last Thursday, two days after Election Day, I made a visit to my doctor’s office. In the elevator I said hi to a woman who had joined me for the ride. She was pushing a stroller, and inside was a sleeping newborn baby dressed in pink. I asked about the baby’s name, and she told […]

Does Mental Illness Mean I’m Not a Christian?

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 […]

Let’s Choose Love in Fearful Times

Remember the color-coded terror threat alert system implemented by the Department of Homeland Security after September 11? Each color represented a different threat level; the greater the threat, the more vigilant citizens should be. That scale was replaced in 2011 with the National Terrorism Advisory System, which offered more specific designations and steps communities, agencies, […]

Hope and a Future on The Last Frontier

Alaska is a place of breathtaking beauty and for some, heartbreaking everyday realities. It’s a place of extremes in weather, politics, wealth, and the human relationship with land and sea. Often romanticized as a spot where people can discover themselves and their place in the world, for some it is a place of hopelessness and […]

The Recovery-Minded Church: A Book Review

This book released earlier this year, and it’s taken me a while to get around to doing a review. But that delay does not reflect my sense of this book’s importance. In fact, because today is World Mental Health Day, I think this is a great time to recommend and review it for you. Addiction […]

A Prayer for People Living with Mental Illness

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week in the United States. This is important because mental illness is one of those things people don’t know that much about unless they need to–either because they’re mental health professionals or because their lives have been shaken by their own illness or the struggle of someone they love. […]

Mental Illness Says You’re Alone? Don’t Believe It.

I saw it again just the other day: redemption in action, changing the lives of people affected by mental illness. Another reminder that none of us is alone. This month I was privileged to travel to Lancaster, Pennsylvania (a lovely town, by the way), to join in celebrating 25 years of service for No Longer […]

Let’s Get Serious about the Sacred Mystery of Sleep

A few years ago, a Time article pointed enterprising readers toward an enticing business opportunity for our age: the sleep industry. “Don’t nap on this,” the headline urged. “Capitalize on insomnia as a growth business.” Our desperately sleep-deprived population is a market ripe for entrepreneurial harvest. They call it “the business of sleep.” And in […]

What’s the Difference between Coaching and Therapy?

Because of my passion and advocacy for people who live with mental illness, and their loved ones, people sometimes assume I’m a mental health professional. I’m not. But neither am I simply a writer and speaker. I am engaged in another supportive profession: life & leadership coaching. And because of my passion and my family’s […]

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