One of the hardest steps for a family is accepting that a loved one has a mental illness. The next hardest is accepting that you are also a “victim” of the illness. I don’t like using the word “victim;” it is such an overused word. Mental illness, like so many other biological illnesses, affects family
The Call of Zulina (Kay Marshall Strom) is not just a good story; it is thought-provoking and educational. It’s ripe for discussion, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Beginning Monday, February 1 we’ll begin talking about this book using the discussion questions included. The discussion will run ten weeks, one question per week.
by Marley GibsonCo-authors of Christmas Miracles, from St. Martin’s Press I am extremely privileged to have the opportunity today to talk to my friend and co-author, Cecil “Cec” Murphey, and to chat about our upcoming book, Christmas Miracles.* Marley: Cec, thanks for spending some time with me today. Cec: Marley, it’s great that you could
Jennifer Kennedy Dean is Executive director of The Praying Life Foundation and a respected author and speaker. She is the author of numerous books, studies, and magazine articles specializing in prayer and spiritual formation. Her book Heart’s Cry has been named National Day of Prayer’s signature book. You’ll find articles and daily quotes from Jennifer
Author Kay Marshall Strom has two great loves: writing and helping others achieve their own writing potential. Kay has written thirty-six published books, numerous magazine articles, and two screenplays. While mostly a nonfiction writer, the first book of her historical novel trilogy Grace in Africa has met with acclaim. Kay speaks at seminars, retreats, writers’
One of my first questions when our son was returning home after a suicide attempt was, “How do we ‘watch’’ him?” I didn’t get the answer I wanted: “You don’t.”
I was prepared to have a 24-hour watch, and do it all myself if I had to. That was neither possible nor practical. In the emotion of the moment, I wasn’t thinking; I was reacting. I didn’t, couldn’t, think about myself.
I struggle with the right words to describe The Noticer by Andy Andrews from Thomas Nelson. Is it the beginning of a movement, or a good marketing plan? Is it a feel-good book, or a short story stretched to fill about 150 pages? Is it autobiographical, or just written to sound like it? I’m afraid
Why? The human response when bad things happen – death, loss of job, disease, mental illness. Our inquiring minds go into hyper-drive seeking an explanation for the unexplainable.
Nearly a month ago I promised some tips on handling the holidays with mental illness in your family. I failed on that promise. As many of you experienced, our family went through a relapse crisis with our son. It’s not over yet. I’m not sure I even see the end in sight at this point.
Blogs of Books is now open for reviews. Books of all stripes will be reviewed. I will always try to give an honest opinion to help you make the most of your book reading time. When possible, I’ll include a link to sample chapters or other excerpts. Disagree with my assessment? Say so. Has my