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Grace for the Afflicted

A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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Why has the church struggled in ministering to those with mental illnesses?

Each day men and women diagnosed with mental disorders are told they need to pray more and turn from their sin. Mental illness is equated with demonic possession, weak faith, and generational sin. As both a church leader and a professor of psychology and behavioral sciences, Michael S. Stanford has seen far too many mentally ill brothers and sisters damaged by well-meaning believers who respond to them out of fear or misinformation rather than grace.

Grace for the Afflicted educates Christians about mental illness from both biblical and scientific perspectives. Stanford presents insights into our physical and spiritual nature and discusses the appropriate role of psychology and psychiatry in the life of the believer. Describing common mental disorders, Stanford probes what science says and what the Bible says about each illness.

©2017 Matthew S. Stanford (P)2018 Tantor

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Great first and last chapter

The first chapter was great. Then went through the major mental disorders, just copy and pasting from the dsm which can be found on Wikipedia. The individual disorder chapters were not practical, nor did the go through the nuances of psychology and theology that I was hoping for. I would’ve liked it to dig deeper into those nuances I instead of describing the disorders. People with mental health issues already know the characteristics of their disorders.

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Insight into the human condition

This book gives a graceful insight into this human condtion which is overlooked. It pieces the heart of the hardhearted. Reveiling the silent suffering of the forgotton.

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  • Pai
  • 08-12-19

Great Book- highly recommended

I bought this book looking for instructions on what Christians are expected to do in the face of mental illness. Thought this is covered, it’s only touched on in the final chapter, in brief and centred on American Resources. (I am not in America) however, it taught me a lot more than I expected to learn and is more useful in deconstructing the stigma around mental health. It would also be very informative for anyone who doesn’t know anything about a particular disorder. Eg. Schizophrenia- it’s saved you the google search time.