All posts in Marriage and Family

No More Shame on Mother’s Day

When I was 15 years old, a simple trip to the dentist turned into a traumatic and public family crisis. I didn’t know my mom had schizophrenia. I just knew something had stolen the best of her a year before, and she hadn’t been the same since. When she picked me up at school, I […]

Unsatisfied: A Sneak Peek at My Brand-New Book!

Back in my preteen and teenage years, I first found I just couldn’t buy into some of the prevailing stories I often heard repeated in my broader Christian community. These messages were too simple, too neat in their claims—including the claim that Christians should be happier than everyone else, fearless, and consistently radiant in our […]

Guest Post: Living in the Aftermath of Suicide

I’m pleased to bring you this guest post by my friend Al Hsu. Al is an author and an editor responsible for bringing many great books into being (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about him and his work). He’s also a survivor of a loved one’s death by […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guest Post: Can We Train up a Child not to Ditch Church?

Here’s another post from my friend Janelle Alberts (you can read more about her and her work at the end of this post). Janelle is a writer who equips Christian parents to raise their kids with faithful confidence. I hope you’ll enjoy reading her tips on keeping kids engaged with the church.   We’ve all […]

Making Marriage Beautiful – A Book Review

Dorothy Greco is a friend of mine—and a wise and thoughtful woman. This is why I was interested in reading her book Making Marriage Beautiful. I thought it would be a different kind of Christian marriage book, one that stands out from the host of less thoughtful, unoriginal books that make me wonder whether the […]

Q&A: How Do We Ask for Help When Living 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 […]

Guest Post: 8 Keys to Helping Kids Stay Engaged and Work Hard

Of all the guest bloggers I’ve featured here, this one is my favorite. And it’s a good thing, too, because I’m married to him. But marriage to me (and being father to two teenagers) is not all Trevor does. He has nearly 25 years of experience in serving adolescents and their families as a youth […]

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