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Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness Paperback – September 6, 2016
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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--Endorsements
About the Author
Virginia Pillars has owned and operated a business since 1994. She volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness organization as an instructor for the Family to Family educational program and leads support groups. Certified in First Aid for Mental Health, she speaks on mental illness, operating a small business, and quilting for organizations, workshops, and faith retreats. She s had two pieces published in devotionals, four essays in various anthologies, including two in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and other works of nonfiction. Virginia, a mother of four adult children, lives on an Iowa farm with her husband.
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Mentally.....I was enlightened by Virginia Pillars honest observations of her daughters struggle with schizophrenia. It's so personally portrayed it's as if you are experiencing the turmoil right along side her every step of the way. By viewing such a taboo mental disorder upclose it challenges you to understand schizophrenia in a new light beyond its textbook definition as you read/witness how interactions between the individual with the "broken brain" and family members and friends take place.
Spiritually... I was renewed reading Virginia's dialoge, frustration, and ultimate trust in God. Her sincere and real conscious thought helps vocalize relatable feelings towards such a circumstance of supporting a loved one with a brain that's wiring is faulty. Yet, no matter the unknowns involved... God is ultimately an outlet for healing.
Overall, this book emphasizes how vital educating society about mental illness is to decrease the negative stigma, start a conversation, and improve prevention.
I highly recommend reading this book and spreading the word to educate ourselves and society that....as Virginia Pillars powerfully puts... "schizophrenia is a brain disorder, not a character flaw."