Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness

by Matthew S. Stanford. Paternoster Publishing, 2008.

Matthew Stanford is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston and adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. With compassionate professionalism, Stanford outlines an overview of symptoms and treatment of mental illnesses. He balances clinical research with carefully formulated scriptural principles. Stanford covers common questions raised in conservative circles about a spiritual perspective of mental illness, the integration of psychology, psychiatry and faith, the nature of mental disorders and how to help those who struggle. He addresses thorny topics often avoided - sin, infirmity, our identity in Christ, the meaning of healing, demon possession, treatment options and medications. Stanford also directs research on how those living with mental illness interact with the church and on the neurobiological basis of impulsive and aggressive behavior. Grace for the Afflicted is recommended for individual reference or group study.