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Grace for the Afflicted

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Why has the church struggled in ministering to those with mental illnesses? Each day men and women diagnosed with mental disorders are told they need to pray more and turn from their sin. Mental illness is equated with demonic possession, weak faith, and generational sin. As both a church leader and a professor of psychology and behavioral sciences, Matthew S. Stanford has seen far too many mentally ill brothers and sisters damaged by well-meaning believers who respond to them out of fear or misinformation rather than grace. Grace for the Afflicted is written to educate Christians about mental illness from both biblical and scientific perspectives. Stanford presents insights into our physical and spiritual nature and discusses the appropriate role of psychology and psychiatry in the life of the believer. Describing common mental disorders, Stanford probes what science says and what the Bible says about each illness. Consistent with DSM-5 diagnoses, this revised and expanded edition is thoroughly updated with new material throughout, including eight new chapters that cover
  • bipolar disorders
  • trauma- and stressor-related disorders
  • dementia
  • cerebrovascular accidents (stroke)
  • traumatic brain injury
  • suicide
  • a holistic approach to recovery
  • mental health and the church
256 pages

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Intro to mental disorders for Christians

Brenda| 2023-12-01 20:56

This book has a balanced approach to explaining mental illnesses from both a spiritual and a medical perspective. It describes each category of mental and neurological disorder from the DSM-5 including symptoms, diagnoses, prevalence and onset, risk factors, neuroanatomy, treatment, the other side of the disorder, and biblical examples. The introductory chapters present a spirituality framework for how people are created, the role of the demonic, and how neuroscience and faith can coexist. The ending chapters consider wholistic healing for the individual and the role of the church as a first line contact point for those with mental disorders. This book told me what I wanted to know in enough detail and in an easy to understand form. I would recommend this as a resource for those wondering about how faith and science can work together to bring relief to the afflicted, and those needing some direction in how to help family members or friends seek appropriate care.