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  • ISBN: 9781-58743-3726
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Page Count: 240
  • Publisher: Bridge Logos

Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness (Kathryn Greene McCreight)

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Where is God in the suffering of a mentally ill person? What happens to the soul when the mind is ill? How are Christians to respond to mental illness? In this brave and compassionate book, Kathryn Greene-McCreight confronts these difficult questions raised by her own mental illness–bipolar disorder.

With brutal honesty, she tackles often avoided topics such as suicide, mental hospitals, and electroconvulsive therapy. Greene-McCreight offers the reader everything from poignant and raw glimpses into the mind of a mentally ill person to practical and forthright advice for their friends, family, and clergy.

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Darkness is My Only Companion

A Christian Response to Mental Illness

Where is God in the suffering of a mentally ill person? What happens to the soul when the mind is ill? How are Christians to respond to mental illness? In this brave and compassionate book, Kathryn Greene-McCreight confronts these difficult questions raised by her own mental illness–bipolar disorder.

With brutal honesty, she tackles often avoided topics such as suicide, mental hospitals, and electroconvulsive therapy. Greene-McCreight offers the reader everything from poignant and raw glimpses into the mind of a mentally ill person to practical and forthright advice for their friends, family, and clergy.

Endorsements

“In this honest and poignant reflection, Kathryn Greene-McCreight seeks to ‘witness to the working of the Triune God in the pain of one mentally ill Christian.’  She does so beautifully, graciously guiding readers through the depths of depression and the cacophony of mania to the hard road of ‘reconstruction’ – always relying on Scripture and the prayers and hymns of the church to give voice to her experience. This ‘extended prayer’ of a book is a gift to the church and to anyone who seeks to walk faithfully alongside someone with mental illness.” — Warrn Kinghorn, Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School

“I recommend Darkness is My Only Companion because the story she tells is shaped by her profound Christological commitments and wisdom, making this a book we simply cannot live without.” — Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School

Contents

  1. Darkness
  2. Mental Illness
  3. Temptation to Suicide
  4. Mania
  5. Darkness, Again
  6. Hospital
  7. Feeling, Memory, and Personality
  8. Brain, Mind, and Soul
  9. Sin, Suffering, and Despair
  10. Dark Night, Discipline, and the Hiddenness of God
  11. Health and Prayer
  12. How Clergy, Friends, and Family Can Help
  13. Choosing Therapy

Appendices:

I: Why and How I Use Scripture

II: A Brief Checklist of Symptoms and Resources

III: Questions for Group Discussion

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