Christian Mental Health Books

Below you will find several books written from a Christian faith perspective on the subject of mental health. I recommend each and every one of these books. Some deal with personal issues and other deal with ministerial roles and their responsibilities to the congregation. Every book is well written, faith-based, and will help you understand those with mental health issues better.

695887: Christ and Schizophrenia: A Book Divinely Inspired to Help All Walks of LifeChrist and Schizophrenia: A Book Divinely Inspired to Help All Walks of Life

By Lucien R. J. Pilon / Word Alive Press

016180: On Edge: Mental Illness in the Christian ContextOn Edge: Mental Illness in the Christian Context

By Kristen Kansiewicz / CreateSpace Publishing

There has been a shifting conversation on the topic of mental health within the American church in the past decade, and Christian counselor Kristen Kansiewicz adds greater insight to that conversation as she responds to tough questions and shares real-life case examples. Christians who have suffered and even questioned their faith because of their struggles with mental illness will find comfort and compassion within these pages. Others in the church will learn how to respond with scientific and biblical understanding to those who are hurting.

839402: His Drums Fell Silent, the Voices Still Speak: A Mother and SonHis Drums Fell Silent, the Voices Still Speak: A Mother and Son’s Journey with Mental Illness Through the Mental Health System . . . and Beyond

By Judyth Thomas / WestBow Press

Christ on the Psych Ward

By David Finnegan-Hosey / Church Publishing Inc.

690514: Christ on the Psyc WardChrist on the Psych Ward is a series of reflections on the intersections among mental health, faith, and ministry. Beginning with his own experience, Finnegan- Hosey shares ways communities of faith can be present with those suffering from mental illness and crises. Weaving together personal testimony, theological reflection, and practical ministry experience, he offers a message of hope for those suffering and for friends and faith communities struggling to care for them. Ultimately, his journey of recovery and healing reveals the need for a theological understanding of a vulnerable God, important not solely for ministry with those with mental health struggles, but offering a hopeful vision forward for the church.

Mental Health and the Church: Ministry Handbook for Including Children and Adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders and Other Common Mental Health Conditions

By Stephen Grcevich, M.D. / Zondervan

534815: Mental Health and the Church: Ministry Handbook for  Including Children and Adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood  Disorders and Other Common Mental Health ConditionsA practical, must-have resource for leaders who are clueless about structuring ministry for those diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, attachment issues, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and other difficulties. Grcevich is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 208 pages, softcover. Zondervan.

145990: The Bible Speaks on Mental Health and Personal Growth IssuesThe Bible Speaks on Mental Health and Personal Growth Issues

By Wayne Welch / Redemption Press

696511: Many Forms of Madness: A FamilyMany Forms of Madness: A Family’s Struggle with Mental Illness and the Mental Health System

By Rosemary Ruether & David Ruether / Fortress Press

052906: Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health: Interdisciplinary PerspectivesSpirituality, Theology and Mental Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

By SCM Press

No Longer Alone: Mental Health & the Church

By John Toews / Herald Press

6190106: No Longer Alone: Mental Health & the ChurchIn a simple yet careful way the author with Eleanor Loewen draw on their expertise in mental health to address such topics as the interrelatedness of social, emotional, physical, and spiritual selves; emotions that hurt or heal; depression; addictions; schizophrenia; grief; and suicide.

Mental Health Issues Christian Solutions: Struggling With Mental Illness DVD

By TMW Media Group

291008: Mental Health Issues Christian Solutions: Struggling With Mental Illness DVDMillions of Americans struggle with mental illness and against the stigma brought upon them. For the great majority of families watching their loved ones suffer and often suffering themselves, the struggle can be endless. Mental illness can take many forms and is often difficult for family and friends to understand. Faith has become an integral part of treatment for those who are struggling with overwhelming emotional and spiritual burdens. It is through their Christian faith that many have learned that they can still live happy and fulfilling lives.

793002: The Struggle Is Real: How to Care for Mental and Relational Health Needs in the ChurchThe Struggle Is Real: How to Care for Mental and Relational Health Needs in the Church

By WestBow Press

Professional Pastoral and Spiritual Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook

By Rabbi Stephen Roberts / Skylight Paths

733120: Professional Pastoral and Spiritual Care: A Practical Clergy and ChaplainThis is the first comprehensive resource for spiritual and pastoral care–a vital resource for clergy, seminarians, chaplains, pastoral counselors and caregivers of all faith traditions. It integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with the latest approaches on spiritual care. It is specifically intended for professionals who work or spend time with congregants in acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities.

Offering the latest theological perspectives and tools, along with basic theory and skills from the best pastoral and spiritual care texts, research and concepts, the contributors to this resource are experts in their fields, and include eight current or past presidents of the major chaplaincy organizations. Topics include:

  • The Theology of Spiritual and Pastoral Care– How do you create a theology to do spiritual/pastoral care?
  • The Process of Spiritual and Pastoral Care–The general theory behind spiritual/pastoral care; caring reflective listening; aiding life review; chaplaining around end of life; conducting spiritual assessments; creating and implementing a pastoral plan; ethics.
  • Spiritual/Pastoral Care with Special Populations and Their Needs–International cultures and immigrants, pediatrics, mental health, LGBT, disabled, palliative care with chronic illness, arrested and complicated grief.
  • The Infrastructure of Spiritual and Pastoral Care–How to begin strategic planning, standards of care for all professional chaplains, quality assurance, quality improvement designing sacred spaces, cultural competencies.
Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They’re Missing Something

By Brant Hansen / Thomas Nelson

096311: Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like TheyAre you an introvert who feels like you don’t fit into the church? Many congregations seem designed for the outgoing—but what about those who aren’t? Hansen offers observations on emotionally biased assumptions about worship and spiritual life, witnessing, analytical minds, mental health, and more. Hansen shares a unique and valuable perspective from someone living with Asperger’s syndrome. Paperback.

A Minister’s Handbook of Mental Disorders

By Joseph Ciarrocchi / Paulist Press

34039: A MinisterA practical guide that helps pastoral ministers to recognize and deal with the array of common mental health problems in their ministry, including depression, anxiety, addictions and personality disorders.

 

768862: Schizophrenia, Mental Illness, and Pastoral Care: A Personal and Biblical PerspectiveSchizophrenia, Mental Illness, and Pastoral Care: A Personal and Biblical Perspective

By Adam W. Lambdin / WestBow Press

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