Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission

by Tony Roberts. A Way With Words Publishing, 2014.

Delight in Disorder openly reveals one pastor's journey with bipolar illness in a manner that sheds hope and light. Roberts’ inspiring devotional collection of short essays, poems and Psalm selections chronicle his years in ministry and his bouts with an unpredictable mood disorder. With colorful, succinct language, Roberts enables the reader to feel some degree of his cyclical mood swings, from the heights of mania to the depths of depression to the calm of “normalcy”. Writing from a conservative Christian background, Roberts addresses teachings which account mental illnesses to demons, a lack of faith or sin. Though we may not agree with the conclusions, his candor helps us better understand bipolar illness and be more supportive. Delight in Disorder is suitable for individual reading or group discussion. It is available in both paperback and Kindle editions.