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Five Books on Mental Illness

Considering that 25 percent of us will experience a diagnosable mental illness in the course of our lifetimes, all pastors and church leaders will deal with mental illness themselves, in their families, and/or in their congregations. These five books will help in ministering with people affected by mental illnesses.

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Serving a Church with Mental Illness in Mind

“In a typical congregation of 200 adults, 50 will experience depression at some point, and at least 30 are currently taking antidepressants.” (Dan Blazer, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, in Christianity Today, March 2009). What could that mean for your church's preaching, programming, pastoral care, and congregational care?

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Shalem Mental Health Network

Shalem offers individual, couple, and family counseling from a Christian perspective and equips and supports communities, including faith communities, to better embrace the needs of people who struggle with emotional distress and/or mental illness.

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The Moral Fog of War

Moral injury can be as disabling as physical injury. Guest blogger Syl Gerritsma reflects on the moral injuries that many military personnel must live with for the rest of their lives.

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Depression is a Dark Poison

Depression is nearly impossible to describe. I was looking for a word or phrase that captured the heart of it, and I found it in an article by Dr. John Timmerman, “At the most unexpected moments it slips people its dark poison. One scarcely notices the initial sting.

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How Long, O Lord (Psalm 13)

I don’t know how I can withstand many more periods of grave darkness. “Oh, you can do it. Your faith is strong,” someone might say. But in the darkness, God seems invisible.

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Love One Another

John Richard Kromminga, a gentle giant, little brother to me and my sister, Kathy. Wonderful loved uncle to our children and great uncle to our grandchildren. John Richard struggled with difficulties all of his life...

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Dandelion Snow (A Poem)

I was up on a hill, tethering at twilight. The sweet-smelling grass that was neatly raked in rows. The tractor’s tether tips were messing with all their might, When suddenly a winsome wonder came into sight...

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