A Conversation about Mental Health and Faith

As a writer and advocate for people affected my mental illness, I’m excited to tell you about another contribution to our growing national conversation about mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a fitting time to increase our knowledge of mental illness. One of the ways we can grow in understanding is by […]

Welcome to the ‘Troubled Minds’ Book Launch Blog Party!

My new book is officially out: Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission. I’m excited to see this project come to fruition; this has been a long and heartfelt process for me and has involved so many conversations with others about their experiences. It feels great to see all these stories get out there […]

Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission

Troubled Minds is now available! I’m thrilled to herald its release with this video, compliments of my publisher, InterVarsity Press. The video gives a small taste of what the book offers: my family’s story, information about mental illness, and a challenge to the church. This video is meant to be shared, so please pass it […]

There’s Power in Showing Your Scars

On a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, I realized I had been operating with a very shallow understanding of the 16th president of the United States and the times in which he led. Because Lincoln holds mythical status in our culture, I had never bothered to learn more […]

Nevada Sends People Away on Buses. Does Your Church Handle Mental Illness Any Better?

Last week, news reports exposed the Nevada State mental health system for its practice of regularly placing people with mental illness on Greyhound buses and sending them to other states. In 2012, Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas sent nearly 400 patients to 176 cities and 45 states throughout the country. The state claims this […]

A Special Offer: Get 40% off Troubled Minds

I’m excited to announce that Troubled Minds is now available! One lucky (and randomly selected) blog follower already won a free copy. If you’re interested in getting your own copy, you can buy it at the InterVarsity Press website. And now, for the next two weeks, you can get 40 percent off! Just go the […]

Guest Post: Blessed Are the Poor

My friend Karen (you can read more about her and her beautiful book at the end of this post) has provided this post, describing a story of personal transformation. Through financial crisis, she learned an important lesson we all need. This year, during Easter Vigil at Old St. Pats Catholic church in Chicago, I sat […]

What Can We Learn from Rick Warren’s Family Tragedy?

Like most people, I don’t personally know Rick Warren. But like so many, I feel as if I do. The best-selling author of The Purpose-Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, Warren has spent the last decade largely in the public eye, causing some to dub him “America’s pastor.” He has […]

Coming in May . . . but Already Here!

No, the book hasn’t officially launched. But I do have copies, and I wanted to share my excitement. After almost two years of thinking about this book and working toward its release, it feels great to hold it in my hand. Look for it in May. And subscribe to this blog (over on the left […]

14 Signs of Spring at the Simpson House

This is how we know it’s spring around here . . . 1. It still looks and feels like winter. This year, a lot of people are complaining because last year it was about 80 degrees in March. I don’t understand this complaint–did the subsequent drought and record heat wipe your memory of all preceding […]

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