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Broken Minds: Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You're Losing It Paperback – August 25, 2005
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"This is a candid and spirit affirming story of a family's personal struggle, not only with mental illness, but also in finding where they fit into the body of Christ and His ministry. Considering that 10% of the world's adult population suffer from some form of mental illness, this book could well be required reading for pastors, elders, and Christian counselors or for anyone who is called to minister with understanding and unbiased care. The book is solidly based on a scriptural foundation with ample clinical information to appeal to the lay person or anyone in a counseling capacity. Informative, honest and helpful, this work shatters the old stigmas and perceptions of mental illness and depression. It is well written with enough heart and hope to balance the seriousness of the subject. Interesting reading." (Sandra Thayer Author's Choice Reviews 2005-12-01)
"I have a personal interest in Steven and Robyn Bloem's book because I too am a pastor 'on pills.' My depression remained undiagnosed from the age of twenty until the age of fifty. That was largely because I put my cyclic low periods down to fatigue and refused to seek medical help. I was greatly helped, however, by the elders and members of Little Hill Church near Leicester, where I was pastor for 15 years. They had the right ideas about clinical depression being organic in origin and eventually prevailed on me to seek appropriate help. . . .These spells I now recognise as being good for me, 'thorns in the flesh' keeping me from being over-elated or arrogant (2 Corinthians 12:7). I also find that my personal experience of clinical depression has brought me two other benefits as a pastoróit has taught me to rely more on the God who is able to raise the dead and has given me a great sympathy for, and understanding of, those who suffer from depression (2 Corinthians 1:3-11)." (David Gregson evangelical-times.org 2006-09-01) --1
From the Back Cover
Mental illness. These words illicit frightening images of uncontrolled behavior, hospital confinement, and destructive violence.
But mental illness is often much more subtle—and much more prevalent than we imagine. Unfortunately, people who are diagnosed as mentally ill may not understand what is happening to them. And for Christians, some “helpful” leaders heap on guilt, saying that the problem is spiritual rather than emotional or physical.
This book takes Steve’s personal story of major depression and weaves through it Robyn’s insights and Steve’s professional knowledge. The result is a tapestry of practical information—including definitions, treatment options, government services available, and interactions with the church and God—and a deep compassion for those who feel like their world is falling apart.
“If this book can help to dispel the stigma of mental illness and depression, remove the fallacious claims of the nouthetic counseling, integrationist, and spiritual warfare devotees, and recover the wisdom of the Puritans for pastoral counseling of the depressed, it will have done a great service for God's church.”
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“The Bloems have produced a useful, biblical, practical, and pastoral book that presents spiritual truth and provides hope for the mentally ill or those caring for them.”
— Chaplain, Colonel John Poston
Steve Bloem (B.A., Cornerstone University; M.Min., Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, Penn.) has been a children' therapist to socially and emotionally disturbed youth, been involved in clinical counseling/case management for a mental health agency, and presently is in private practice as the director of Heartfelt Counseling Ministries Inc. But it was his own struggle with depression that led him to write this book.
Robyn Bloem has been a volunteer in a variety of inner-city and church ministries for more than twenty years.
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For an honest, open, biblical, theologically-sound, and helpful conservative Christian approach to hope for healing, "Broken Minds" should be tops on your list.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
This book somewhat validates that way of thinking. There is still much to be gained with cognitive therapy and looking to God for help. But it is also helpful for me to realize that when my thinking gets dark I am not necessarily thinking correctly. The chemicals in my brain are out of balance and my brain is not working correctly. I try to remember not to do or say anything with long term consequences because my thinking isn't right.
The open, and painfully honest, account of the author's experience with depression ties together the topics covered in the book. I found it an easy to read book. It held my interest.
The church needs to think this through better and realize that depression is much like any of many other afflictions in life. It isn't necessarily the individual's fault. I hope this book will be an important step in that direction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book started out really interesting -- I loved the personal stories and testimony from the perspectives of both the author and his wife. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kalyn Brooke
this was a very good book!! loved it!! helps people understand mental illness!! especially from a christian perspective!!Published 3 months ago by Charlie kamps
I'm glad a pastor and his wife opened up about his struggle with depression. It was good that Steve brought up the dangers of only using the Bible in counseling - nouthetic... Read morePublished 13 months ago by John A. Rhodes