Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission

by Amy Simpson. InterVarsity Press, 2013.
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With direct and clear arguments, Amy Simpson challenges today's Christian church to take seriously Jesus' teachings about serving the poor, the alienated and outcast, especially those challenged by mental illnesses. Simpson writes with the personal passion of a daughter whose mother lived with schizophrenia, with the skill of a Christianity Today Leadership Journal editor and the urgent practicality of one who wants to inspire change. Moved by her theological wrestlings, she leaves no room for indifference, silence or stigma in any church that claims to follow Christ. From her extensive Leadership Journal survey, Simpson cites multiple examples of the impact of mental illness on individuals and families, the response of faith communities, successful health ministry programs and stories of those who live well despite their illness. This book will benefit clergy, staff, education classes, health ministry and social witness teams.