Thrive with Bipolar Psychosis


My book (link below) has been downloaded thousands of times.

Are you Christian or thinking about becoming Christian but don’t know how to reconcile faith and medicine?

Do you yourself, or someone you love, live with debilitating mental illness with psychosis?

Do you find it necessary to take medicine?

Have you been told to take medicine but can’t find meaning in the process?

After a decade of struggling with mental illness, I am finally stable and (often) symptom free, though I will always remain on at least some medicine to encourage my readers to do the same.

My Approach


I BRING A CHRISTIAN, INTEGRATIVE LENS to the management of serious mental illness. The book harnesses the Wesleyan quadrilateral (Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience), in the service of finding meaning, and even optimism, in the face of mental illness. The book addresses social ills as it tackles a more practical problem: therapists often aren’t Christian, and those who are, are rarely trained in the Christian tradition as it might intersect with the practice of mental health care; and the Christian tradition, for better or worse, does not consistently integrate modern therapeutic and psychiatric models as it tends to the potentially very real spiritual aspects of mental illness.

I propose applying John Wesley’s holistic and integrative approach to Christianity in the service of mental health recovery and maintenance. I am not writing as a professional, but rather as someone with lived experience as a Christian who has been hospitalized twice many years ago, once involuntarily (2015). In the spirit of Wesley, I wanted to make this book free to the public. It is under copyright.

Emergent Grace Christian Persistence in the Face of Serious Mental Illness Book Cover

Overview

CHAPTER ONE starts our time together with a word from clergy that responds to hardship pastorally and puts it in the larger framework of the Christian story.


CHAPTER TWO approaches management of chronic mental health challenges using the theological framework of John Wesley, after first providing breadcrumbs from my own journey navigating mental health resources themselves.


CHAPTER THREE is holistic. It touches on how American society is contributing to negative mental health and general poor public health.


CHAPTER FOUR shares true insights gained from my own valley of bones. It closes with my pastoral response to acute suffering and offers robust hope that is Scriptural, based in a close reading of Ezekiel 37 (my epigraph).


CHAPTER FIVE I highly recommend if you’re worried that you’re damned or are worried that to go off your meds is a Christian thing to do. It also features a word from clergy on the topic.


THE APPENDIX features my most popular blog posts, which were written at different times of my self-understanding as a person with serious mental illness.


THE AFTERWORD shares my thoughts on school and mental health, which is a major topic right now, and for so many reasons. You can read my thoughts in the afterword, where I advocate for the Wesleyan model.


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