Title: Souls in the Hands of a Tender God: Stories of the Search for Home and Healing on the Streets
Authors: Craig Rennebohm, David W. Paul
Contributor: David W. Paul
Publisher: Beacon Press, 2008
ISBN: 0807000426, 9780807000427
Length: 208 pages
Since 1987, Craig Rennebohm has ministered to people on the streets of Seattle who are homeless and struggling with mental illness. In Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, he tells the evocative stories of persons who desperately need psychiatric, psychological, and spiritual support-like Mary, who surrounds herself with huge trash bags for protection from a threatening world; Jerry, whose fits of rage get him barred from every shelter and meal program in Seattle; and others, abandoned and marginalized by their community, who need care and treatment to find their way back to a life of stability and meaning. As Rennebohm reaches out to each one, their stories become parables that explore mental illness and the spiritual heart of care and recovery, helping us understand what it means to be human, on a pilgrimage together toward wholeness.
Title: Spirituality and Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a 'forgotten' Dimension
Author: John Swinton
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2001
ISBN: 1853028045, 9781853028045
Length: 221 pages
A person's sense of spirituality informs his or her awareness of self and of the society around them, and is intrinsic to their mental well-being. In this balanced and thoughtful book John Swinton explores the connections between mental health or illness and spirituality and draws on these to provide practical guidance for people working in the mental health field. He analyses a range of models of mental health care provision that will enable carers to increase their awareness of aspects of spirituality in their caring strategies.
Using a critical evidence-based and interdisciplinary approach to contemporary mental health practice, Swinton explores the therapeutic significance of spirituality from the perspectives of both carers and service-users, looking at mental health problems such as psychotic disorder and depression, Alzheimer's disease and bipolar disorder. He also provides a critical review of existing literature in the field to place spirituality in contemporary theory and practice.
Title: Resurrecting the Person: Friendship and the Care of People with Mental Health Problems
Author: John Swinton
Publisher: Abingdon Press, 2000
ISBN: 0687082285, 9780687082285
Length: 237 pages
In Resurrecting the Person, John Swinton argues that while mental illnesses are often biological and genetic in origin, the real handicap experienced by individuals is imposed by the types of reactions, values, and attitudes which are typical of contemporary western society. In other words, how a mental illness is experienced has much to do with how it is socially constructed. How will the church react to this suggestion? Swinton suggests that the key to the effective pastoral care of individuals with severe mental illness lies not only within the realms of psychiatry, therapy, and pharmacological intervention, but in the rehumanization which is borne within the relationship of friendship.
Title: Hope in Dark Places: Poems about Depression and the Christian
Author: David Grieve
Publisher: Sacristy Press
Length: 50 pages
David Grieve - broom tree friend and poet
David is an Anglican priest, married with three grown-up children, who retired in 1989 at the age of 37 due to a breakdown. He writes poetry as both therapy and vocation. David currently volunteers as a chaplain at Durham Cathedral, and is married to Jane, who is also a priest. He has had poetry published on many topics, including faith, health and vocation.
David has expanded his collection of poems into a new book, “Hope in Dark Places” published by Sacristy Press, a publishing house in Durham.
David says, “The collection has in mind not just Christians with mental health issues, which will be at least one in four of us at some point, but anyone with a concern and care about where God thinks he’s got to in all of it”.
The deeper darkness,
that smear you only just see out of the corner of your mind’s eye as you contemplate ending it all, that not-so-much-no-go area as a darkness-he’s-gone-further-into-than-anyone-else, is where Christ is.
Hope in Dark Places explores the depths of depression through the poetry of David Grieve. You will be moved to tears and laugh unexpectedly. You will feel the raw reality of suffering and feel Christ’s presence in its midst.