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Broken Brain, Fortified Faith :Lessons of Hope through a Child's Mental Illness by [Pillars, Virginia]
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If Schizophrenia has ever plagued the life of a loved one, then you will greatly appreciate this book by Virginia Pillars. She demonstrates how prayer, hope, encouragement, and endurance lead to fortified faith. Pillars is not a trained professional, however, her personal life journey taught her how to navigate through the mental health system in order to advocate for her daughter. A true story of love, hope, healing, and faith!

Hope Huff, MA, LMHC, BCPC

You will be inspired and encouraged to read, Broken Brain, Fortified Faith a powerfully honest account of hope and trust in the midst of the despair of mental illness. I am grateful to the author for sharing this beautiful and hope-filled story with the world.

Wanda L. Sanchez, Executive Producer, Lifeline with Craig Roberts , KFAX-AM1100, San Francisco Bay Area

Virginia Pillars tells the story of her adult daughter s descent into schizophrenia with unflinching honesty in Broken Brain, Fortified Faith. But Pillars does more than tell how family, friends, and mental health professionals rallied around one young woman, providing the treatment and support her daughter needed to regain her mental health and learn to manage her condition. The author also educates readers about how the disease affects the brain, how it is treated, and what people must do financially and legally to protect loved ones until they recover from the disease. Best of all, Pillars shares her thoughts, doubts, and faith struggles, as well as the comfort and strength she found as she prayed for her daughter and saw those prayers answered in unexpected ways. Broken Brain, Fractured Faith is an approachable and highly readable book for anyone who wants to learn more about schizophrenia and how to support those dealing with it. I highly recommend it.

Jolene Philo, author of Does My Child Have PTSD? What to Do When Your Child Is Hurting from the Inside Out

A story of hope in a family that dealt with mental illness, infertility, and loss. Pillars has the ability to inject hope and light into what could otherwise have been a depressing, and for some, a devastating situation. Highly recommended for any family who is struggling with a diagnosis of mental illness, or readers who love a good memoir.

Mary Potter Kenyon, newspaper reporter, workshop presenter, and author of the award-winning Refined By Fire

From the first lines of Broken Brain, Fortified Faith by Virginia Pillars, the reader is immediately pulled into the day-to-day life of a family discovering and then dealing with the nitty-gritty, raw emotions of mental illness. Pillars holds nothing back when she shares the reality of her daughter diagnosis of schizophrenia and its effect on her entire family and their friends. Her deep faith and sometimes brutal honesty will touch readers long after they ve turned the last page.

Mary Jedlicka Humston, coauthor of Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink


From the Author

Writing a book was not on my bucket list. After two strangers suggested that I write our family's story after I shared snippets of my experience with them, I explored the idea. I joined a local writing group to learn the process. I read books on how to write, met with experienced authors who critiqued my work, practiced writing and submitted pieces for publication. After four years of "practice" I wrote and submitted the book proposal to the publishing company.
     As I wrote our story, I came to understand where I began, what I learned and to realize the gift our family received. I had little experience with mental illness and the learning curve was steep. We sought education and reached out for help to members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and our families and friends. Our family stood by my daughter as she fought to regain her life after mental illness knocked her down. Support from our immediate family, as well as extended family and friends upheld us all until she could stand on her own again. We found professionals who worked to find the correct treatment for her illness. They administered compassion along with medication and therapy. 
     I felt compelled to share a message of hope to other families and bring awareness to a topic that many families share, often in silence. Recovery accompanied by a return to the workforce and society is possible.

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  • File Size: 2951 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Familius (September 6, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 6, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01G2FNVT8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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