This is a book I will be reading with several others from my church in the months ahead. I'm looking forward to gaining new insights from the reading and from our discussions.
Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness
by Matthew S. Stanford
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.
Why is it that
the church has struggled in ministering to those with mental illnesses?
As both a church leader and professor of psychology and neuroscience,
Michael 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 asks of each: "What does science say and
what does the Bible say about this illness?"