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Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness Paperback – April 1, 2006
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The reflections presented here stand firmly within the great historic Christian tradition and thus the work is positioned to have broad and lasting appeal. It is a thoroughly hopeful book, yet unflinchingly realistic about the struggles the mentally ill face and the impact it has on those around them. The book may have been improved still further by occasional light editing for clarity - for example, there is a sentence on p. 113 that I think says the opposite of what was really intended. Also it would have been helpful to mention somewhere that those who suffer from schizophrenia are less often helped by traditional psychotherapy (see, for example, the works of E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.). But this is nitpicking. I am so happy to have found this book!
The title for her book comes from the last verse of Psalm 88: "My friend and my neighbor you have put away from me, and darkness is my only companion" (KJV). Greene-McCreight addresses most of the questions you might expect. Why does God allow such suffering? Why does He seem to abandon someone who is in such pain, and not answer prayer? Is there a connection between sin and suffering? Just what is personality? What is the relationship between the brain, the mind, and the soul? These are not academic questions, but intensely practical ones for somebody trying to make some sense of profound darkness and disorientation in the light of the Gospel.
I found her chapters on mania, what it is like to stay in the hospital, and how she did and did not "connect" with her various therapists and doctors especially moving. In keeping with her Christian tradition as an Episcopal priest, Greene-McCreight does a fine job at incorporating Scripture, tradition (especially a wonderful selection of hymns, poems and prayers), reason (in this case scientific or medical knowledge), and human experience.Read more ›
The author's experience made my own struggle with depression look like a picnic but I was very encouraged to find some strong similarities in the way each of us found help and strength in times of great need. I could relate very well to her struggles in prayer and use of Scripture (especially the Psalms) and their vital importance in the process. Greene-McCreight's reflections upon relevant portions of Scripture and the prayers of others throughout the book are of tremendous value.Read more ›
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This is a very helpful book understanding depression and how to handle it while at the same time not hating ones self because of it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I very much appreciated the detail given by the author of her experience with mental illness. Her frequent resort to her Christian faith and the prayers and liturgy of her... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ann M. Miller
Great book for those who have bipolar or any mental illness and love God. Recommended reading for those who love them. Sincere, heartbreaking, hopeful.Published 8 months ago by M. E. M.
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 14 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 19 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 21 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 22 months ago by Vonnie Swope