All posts in Compassion and Justice

“One Day You’re Going to Help Somebody”

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Charity Muhammad. As you may know, I started a new job a few months ago, as an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers, and Charity is one of my co-workers. As I’ve gotten to know her and a bit of her story, I’ve become eager to tell you […]

Helping Is More Than Good Intentions

Several years ago, when our children were small, I suffered a back injury that meant unexpected surgery and a long, miserable recovery period. Like many people experiencing a family crisis of one kind or another, we had trouble keeping up with the basic demands of life. I was working for a Christian publisher at the […]

Video Post: Thoughts on Mental Illness and Violence

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, I share some thoughts here on the often-assumed connection between mental illness and violence. What can you do this week to help decrease stigma and fear?

Mental Health and the Church: A Book Review

I’m so excited to review this book for you. It’s taken me a while to get around to doing this because the book released earlier this year, at the same time as my new book. I’ve had plenty to do, spreading the word about Blessed Are the Unsatisfied. I want to highlight this book now […]

How to Help a Friend with Mental Illness

“I just don’t know how to help.” I hear this a lot. Whether I’m speaking on the subject of mental illness, talking with someone who is concerned about a friend, or reading an email message, I often hear from people who care deeply about others and want to help ease their suffering. But they don’t […]

When It Comes to Mental Illness, Watch Your Language

As a writer, an editor, and an advocate for people affected by mental illness, a few years back, I was deeply encouraged to learn of a new entry in the Associated Press Stylebook, offering guidelines on how to describe and characterize mental illness. As the definitive guide to using language in American journalism, the AP […]

Here’s One Way Unsatisfied People Are Blessed

If you’ve been reading or listening to what I’ve been saying about my new book, Blessed Are the Unsatisfied, you might have questions about it. After all, being unsatisfied doesn’t sound like a blessing. But it can be, for several reasons! I’ve recorded a short video with some thoughts on one of the ways our […]

Grace for the Afflicted: A Book Review

I’ve been looking forward to posting this review of Matthew Stanford’s revised and expanded book. I first read this book when I was writing Troubled Minds, and I found it to be a very solid, informative, thoughtful work. I’m glad Stanford and InterVarsity Press have worked to update it because it was first published in […]

Your (Small) Community Can Change the Narrative on Mental Illness

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Wichita, Kansas, to speak at a banquet celebrating and supporting HopeNet, a nonprofit organization that has brought hope to Wichita for more than 25 years. HopeNet provides counseling services at reduced rates (based on income level) for as little as $15 per session. The organization also offers spiritual direction, […]

16 Resources for Mental Health Ministry

If you’re in ministry, people come to you with all sorts of needs and concerns. We know you’re no superhero, as much as you might want to fix all that troubles the folks in your care. Sometimes you don’t even have answers. But most of time you know there’s something you can offer: a prayer, […]

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