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  1. Book Review of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission by Amy Simpson
  2. TROUBLED MINDS: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission

What can a church do, or a concerned spiritual leader in a church do about the hurting children in our midst?

The first step is to get educated as to what the issues really are. A physical ailment, discovered in childhood, can often be treated and managed, and the patient learns how to enjoy life and have a productive adulthood.

Book Review of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission by Amy Simpson

The same can be true for children who struggle with mental health ailments. With the proper intervention and the support of a spiritual community, these children too can find a life much more satisfying and engaged than they would be without our help.

Tags: Amy Simpson , book review , children's mental health , churches , mission , Troubled Minds. It doesn't reduce nicely to simple solutions and happy outcomes. So instead, too often we reduce people who are mentally ill to caricatures and ghosts, and simply pretend they don't exist.


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They do exist, however—statistics suggest that one in four people suffer from some kind of mental illness. And then there's their friends and family members, who bear their own scars and anxious thoughts, and who see no safe place to talk about the impact of mental illness on their lives and their loved ones.

Many of these people are sitting in churches week after week, suffering in stigmatized silence. Her father was a pastor and her family strongly rooted in Christian life.

TROUBLED MINDS: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission

This story is bravely told, as every family member suffered deeply and struggled long and hard to make sense of the pain and confusion they have felt over so many years in relation to their local church. Troubled Minds helps us understand mental illness, how people are affected, how churches commonly respond and what can be done about it. Amy draws on eye-opening surveys of pastors, research and the stories of many people she has met to explain how and why churches so often fail people with mental illness, their families and friends.


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Amy thoroughly explores the prevailing stigma that surrounds mental illness. Stigma is harmful and makes people unnecessarily fearful: people affected by mental illness, ministers and church members.