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Guest Post: Finding Home

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Helen Cottee, a fellow coach and leader whose post I suspect will resonate with many of you. You can read about her work at the end of this post. In the meantime, enjoy this piece of her story and the encouragement she has for you.   February […]

Still Life: A Book Review

I read this book a while back, while it was in the publication process, because I agreed to consider endorsing it. After reading it, I did write an endorsement for it, and since then I’ve been waiting for it to be released so I could recommend it to others. I’m excited to say it’s here […]

Q & A: How Do You Have Hope and Perspective When a Loved One Has 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 […]

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 2

…This post is continued from last week. Click to read Part 1. Emerging into Light Eventually I met and married a good man who has a gift for granting safety to others. I trusted him enough to make him part of my family and to start a family with him despite my greatest fear: that […]

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 1

My family never had much, and excess was not in my parents’ lexicon. Dad was a pastor, serving small rural congregations, and Mom stayed at home. We were poor, but we didn’t feel it much, surrounded by farmers who lived simply and at the whim of the rains we asked for at the Wednesday night […]

Hayden Panettiere’s Treatment Shows Cultural Progress–How About the Church?

The headline is far less surprising than our cultural reaction: Hayden Panettiere, TV star and fairly new mom, entered treatment last week for postpartum depression. And no one seems to find it funny. This is great news. Granted, admitting to postpartum depression is different from publicly displaying symptoms of untreated mental illness, which presents more […]

What Do Jimmy Carter, Kathie Lee Gifford, and the Apostle Paul Have in Common?

Actually, no. This is not a trick question. Last week, amid the polarizing play of arguments, the usual drama of politics, the weekly dose of outrage, the never-ending churn of scandal, and the new products touted as the latest easy answer we’ve all been looking for, two headlines stood out. Both featured people bearing witness […]

Nobody Wins When We Confuse Worry with Care

A little bit of bad news can bring out the worst in us. And when journalistic organizations can find ways to keep the bad news coming (or keep bringing in the experts to speculate on an unfolding situation), we can be easily caught in a devastating cycle of trickling news feeding our anxious thoughts, triggering […]

Growing Momentum in Mental Health Ministry

A few months ago, I wrote about the story behind Fresh Hope, a ministry to people with mental illness, and Brad Hoefs, the pastor who started this ministry in response to his experience with bipolar disorder. The ministry of Fresh Hope is why, in March 2014, Hoefs found himself onstage at Saddleback Church in Orange […]

Schizophrenia and Some of My Favorite People

I have written a lot about mental illness, what the church can do better in ministry to people affected, and some of my own family’s experience in navigating the challenges of living with serious mental illness. But I haven’t written a lot about the other members of my family. As I speak and share my […]

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