Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness, and the Journey to Wholeness

by Nancy Kehoe. Jossey-Bass, 2009.
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Few authors can claim expertise in both religion and science. Nancy Clare Kehoe is an exception. As a Catholic Religious of the Sacred Heart and an adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School's Department of Psychiatry, Kehoe easily integrates religion, spiritual beliefs and behavioral science. Wrestling with Our Inner Angels recounts the findings of Kehoe's twenty-five years of research focused on the value of and link between spirituality and mental health recovery. Men and women who attend a day treatment with Religious Beliefs and Values support group reveal their pain and victories through moving stories about their spiritual journeys. The reader is compelled to value holistic mental health care that validates a person's spiritual pilgrimage while addressing their medical, psychological and social needs. Her book and Kehoe's six YouTube interviews entitled {{Conversations on Religion and Mental Illness | https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/rshm/conversations-religion-and-mental-illness}}, offer excellent material for personal study or small group discussion.