Sharon Hastings is absolutely passionate about helping anyone who suffers from 'severe and enduring mental illness' (SEMI): schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder. She wants the church to know all about these illnesses: how they devastate ordinary people and how they need to be treated. By telling her story, warts and all, showing her own tortuous, painful journey, she equips us to come alongside loved ones, fellow church members, friends and neighbours, understanding the social and spiritual ramifications of their illnesses, including them in our activities (where appropriate) and encouraging their spiritual growth.
A natural storyteller, the author draws us in. We journey with her as she shares deeply. With wisdom, kindness and the heart of a bruised survivor, she interweaves her exceptional story with vital teaching which cannot be ignored by anyone within the church today.
Loved reading this book, so much that I couldn’t put it down and got through it in record time! It’s not an easy read; I found it emotional and it unexpectedly made me reflect on my own journey with mental illness. But it brought me comfort, despite reading about Sharon’s painful journey, I loved the way Sharon was able to share her reflections on how God has been at work every step of the way and it encouraged me to do the same. I also feel books like this are much needed as the topic of mental illness rarely gets spoken about in church so it’s easy to feel alone in the church and to feel scared or even ashamed of the very real and constant struggle that suffering from a mental health illness brings. I’m so thankful for Sharon having the courage to share her story and pray that God will use it to bless every person who reads it.
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