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

by Matthew S. Stanford. IVP Books, 2017.

Mental illness is a fact of life for many individuals and families, yet congregations often struggle to minister effectively with them. In this revised edition, author, psychologist, and Christian layperson, Matthew Stanford, provides practical, up-to-date information on various forms of mental illness. He offers an overview of symptoms and treatment for a number of conditions. And he balances clinical research with scriptural insights. He addresses common faith-based misperceptions: mental illness as sin or demon possession, for example, and counters with fruitful ministry approaches. First published in 2008, this volume includes new chapters on such topics as bipolar disorders, stroke, suicide, and “a holistic approach to recovery.” Although it is addressed to an Evangelical audience, Grace will be a welcome resource for any leader or small group wishing to understand mental illness and discover paths to genuine relationships with its sufferers and their families.