Shortly after the birth of her second child, Greene-McCreight fell into a deep depression that lasted on and off for several years. Five years later she was diagnosed as bipolar, "a disease that scuttles between depression and mania." With mental illness so severe that she was hospitalized five times, she nevertheless continued to work as an Episcopal priest and theologian, wrestling with questions that therapists rarely broach but that Christian sufferers can't help asking: If all of God's intentions for us are good, why do we suffer? What is the relationship between mental illness and sin? Is the "dark night of the soul" different from depression? Will God forgive suicide? By means of personal story, theological reflection and practical suggestions for caregivers, Greene-McCreight takes readers into her mind as she plunges from frantic ecstasy ("Gorgeous exotic turbulent swirls of snow. Magic. The world tingles. My brain sparkles, all things connect") to profound despair ("the absence—so present you can feel it, taste it, sometimes even heaven forbid, see it and hear it—of the good"). With firm but never facile faith, she offers hope to Christians with mental illness and understanding to those who live and work with them. (Apr.)
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Kathryn Greene-McCreight (Ph.D., Yale University) is an advising pastor in the seminarian intern program at Yale Divinity School and assistant rector at St. John's Episcopal Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Her previous books include Ad Litteram: How Augustine, Calvin, and Barth Read the Plain Sense of Genesis 13 and Feminist Reconstructions of Christian Doctrine.
This lady is to be held in the highest esteem for her willingness to share her life's experience is such a personal way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Connie Sue Bee
I can't tell you how much I appreciated this book - especially as a scholar in Christian studies. This is genuine theology and counseling at work. Make no mistake.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Consumer
I commend Green-McCreight for undertaking this project with such candor. She is right that there is a scarcity of Christian theological reflection on mental illness, so her... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jessica Coblentz
This is an amazing work. It brings enlightenment and understanding about mental illness in a way I have not encountered previously. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Vonnie Swope
This lady live through it, has some good advise. Do not like her theology, being a Christian myself, I didn't appreciate her liberal and feminist ideas, wasn't necessary to the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robyn Brink
An excellent testimonial to what it is like to struggle with depression. It goes beyond the blues and you can not talk yourself out of it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dr. Cheryl Sanfacon
Thankful that the author bravely tells her story, and also gives advice to loved ones on shedding light and caring for those with mental illness.Published 13 months ago by MrsSpaterific
In putting forth "A Christian Response to Mental Illness" (the book's sub-title), Kathryn Greene-McCreight has skillfully woven theological reflections on mental illness with the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michele Morin