Mental health and the church book

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The books included in this section have been lifted up in our e-Spotlights. In most cases there is a link to purchasing these books. Available on Amazon. Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care's history in the country alongside his and every family's private struggles.
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The Church's Role In Healing Mental Illness - Eric L. Johnson, Ph.D.

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Most of us know someone who is in counseling, on medication, or has even taken his or her own life as a result of a mental illness. There are many difficult issues for Christians to talk about, and mental health would certainly be near the top of that list. Yet, this is a conversation the Church needs to have. Suicide may be one of the most complex and demanding topics of all. Over the past few years, the discussion has felt forced, especially when the event is connected to high-profile suicides of prominent Christian leaders or their family members and close associates. While the circumstances in these situations are varied, the question of mental health always comes up; and when we talk about mental illness and suicide, it immediately creates a unique challenge for believers. The answer is, at least partly, because we know God heals.

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When my husband came home from the hospital after a suicide attempt, our fridge stayed its usual empty. Spoiler alert: Mental illness is not as exciting as it looks on the big screen. Heather Vacek, associate professor of Church History at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, explores the successes and failures of addressing mental illness from colonial times through the modern means of today. Great sin must be the event preceding complex psychological or demonic infestation. Biblical passages offer this same terminology and etiology. In Matthew 9, Jesus rids a man of physical paralysis by proclaiming the forgiveness of his sins, and similarly whilst casting out demons.

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  1. The church across North America has struggled to minister effectively with children, teens, and adults with common mental health conditions and their families.

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