From Pastor to Psych Ward

Recovery from a Suicide Attempt is Possible
Narrated by: Steve Austin
Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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When Pastor Steve Austin left home that Sunday night, he knew his wife and little boy would never see him alive again. Steve had survived childhood sexual abuse as a preschooler, but the effects rippled through his life for the next 25 years. After nearly 10 years as a youth pastor and worship leader, Steve was convinced that his only choice was suicide.

But childhood sexual abuse, addiction, and a suicide attempt were only the beginning of Steve Austin's story. This book is for anyone who has hit rock bottom and is left wondering what to do next. Recovery from our darkest day is difficult, but Steve Austin is living proof that it is possible.

©2016 Steve Austin (P)2018 Steve Austin

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An engaging personal story of rising from the ashes

Steve Austin tells his story in the way that only he can. At moments your heart breaks and it’s lifted at others. This isn’t some church testimony of how everything turns out wonderfully. It’s a real story of a man and his family working their way out from under the rubble of life. Definitely worth your time to listen and let Steve’s story illuminate your own story.

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A story of hope

Thank you, Steve, for your courage in sharing your story with such honesty. Couched in prose and great humor, the pain you shared was bearable as I listened. Please keep writing. Keep sharing. Keep faith. Because then we all find meaning - and redemption - through your hurts.

I hope this truth brings you healing.

Preach on, brother.

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Inspiring

This book was a difficult "read". Hard lessons learned by living them out. It was quite compelling and inspiring though. It may have saved my life. I am less compelled to follow the authors example than I was just a few days hence.

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Awesome book

I enjoyed the book. I listen to his podcast and always wanted to read the book just hadn't had a chance.

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Fantastic Book!

Thanks for sharing your amazing story, Steve. I appreciate your vulnerability and openness to help others with mental illness. I hope your book reaches many far and wide.

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Little too preachy about God, etc

I like the overall message- that there is hope, and counseling, and friends, and loved ones and to not give up. But at different points in the book - I felt like it was a Christian church service, God, God, God - nothing against those who connect with that but there are so many other people in so many different religions who need hope. This seems to exclude them.

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A breath of fresh air for anyone in pain

This book tackles some very serious subject matter. Steve Austin spares little detail in his journey of healing. "From Pastor to a Psych Ward" is a book that invites everyone to enter into their own healing. Steve gives practical tips to live an emotionally healthy life that involves fighting past the stigma and pain surrounding mental illness. This book is inspirational and thought-provoking. It will give you the courage to keep going and the motivation to not give up.

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Great Read

What a great book. I grew up conservative, and have known many Christians who suffer from depression and mental illness, and more people need to know that it is ok to get help and that they are not alone! Steve, keep sharing your story!

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Essential Reading

This book is a must for anyone dealing with depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. Also great if you are struggling with how your faith intersects with the chaos of life. Steve's gentle Alabama drawl is a pleasure even when the material is difficult.

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The Blues

I didn’t understand delta blues until I roamed about Alabama. I didn’t so much hear an accent when people spoke as I heard them sing their words. The delta blues isn’t singing—it’s talking.
That’s what Steve Austin brings to the narration of this book. As he “sang,” I heard my own story. Each chapter is episodic like a verse, but flows together in a beautiful tapestry.
Blues isn’t about wallowing in pain, but naming your pain, speaking your pain, and eventually freeing your pain. Steve Austin names his blues and delivers the hope of freedom to the reader.

Well done!