South Dakota United Church of Christ



 Below is a list of nine books and one DVD video on the subjects of
Disabilities and Mental Health.

You may order these by submitting the sign up order form by clicking the link below. Please request the books/dvd that you
would like mailed to your church.  Please give time requested. These will be mailed to you via media mail.

"Blessed are the crazy" by Sarah Griffith Lund

When do you learn that normal doesn't include lots of yelling, lots of sleep, lots of beating? In 
Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family, and Church, Sarah Griffith Lund looks back at her father's battle with bipolar disorder, and the helpless sense of déjà vu as her brother and cousin endure mental illness, as well. She seeks answers in her faith communities, from feeling pain in God's presence, through seeing the Holy Spirit on Death Row as she witnesses her cousin's execution.

With a small group study guide and Ten Steps for Developing a Mental Health Ministry in Your Congregation, 
Blessed Are the Crazy is more than memoir it s a resource for churches and other faith-based groups to provide healing and comfort. As Sarah writes, "This testimony is for anybody who has ever wondered how God can use craziness to teach us about the depths of human and divine love.

Part of The Young Clergy Women Project.

"Negotiating the Shadows" Daily meditation for Lent Rachael A. Keefe 


Rachael Keefe was born on Nantucket and grew up on Cape Cod. She currently lives in New Hampshire but remains strongly connected to all things ocean. Her writing is heavily influenced by her hours spent at the beach and her many years as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Her books reflect her deep faith and her desire to encourage readers to explore their own beliefs.


"A Circle in the Dark" Daily meditations for Advent Rachael A. Keefe

This book invites the reader to experience Advent as a spiritual journey to Bethlehem, a journey from darkness to light. Each week explores the traditional themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love that are present throughout the season. It begins on the first

"Barefoot Theology" a dictionary for Pilgrims, Priests and Poets by Rachael A. Keefe

Barefoot Theology is a paradigm-shaking invitation for readers to engage with the language of faith. Not your typical theological dictionary, this book explores Christian faith with imagination and passion. You will not find obtuse, prosaic definitions. Instead you will discover creative, poetic imagery that will accompany you as you wrestle with your own faith seeking understanding.


"Autism and alleluias" Kathleen Deyer Bolduc

In the past two or three years, autism has garnered stories in TIME, Newsweek, and USA Today. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures, 1 in 150 American children have autism, and the numbers are growing daily (an increase of 13% over the past ten years). Difficult behaviors, a myriad of specialists, problems with schools, special diets this developmental disability turns a family's world upside-down. What is the role that faith plays in helping families cope? Is it possible to sing alleluia in the midst of a very real adversity? In this series of slice-of-life vignettes, God's grace glimmers through the shadows as Joel, an intellectually challenged teen with autism, teaches those who love him that walking the labyrinth of life requires childlike faith, humility, trust, compassion, forgiveness, and an attitude of openness to all of God s gifts.


"The Spiritual Art " of Raising Children with Disabilities by Kathy Bolduc

Are you there, God? You have to show me how to raise this child. Because the skills I’ve learned over the years just aren’'t working here. I’m helpless, Lord. I can’t do this on my own!

Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau report that 2.8 million children in the United States have a disability. That means more than 5 million parents, grandparents, and caregivers have probably offered up a prayer like this. Raising a child with a disability is hard work. Where do you go for solace? For rest, refreshment and renewed joy? We know where to go for our kids, but where do we go for ourselves?

Author Kathleen Deyer Bolduc knows these feelings from experience. She and her son navigated through his childhood and now approach yet another new life phase - - adulthood - - and all that entails. In The 
Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities, Bolduc uses the metaphor of the mosaic to life as parents of children with disabilities. How do you rearrange the fragmented and chaotic pieces of your family into a perfectly whole and beautiful work of art? Readers are walked through the process using the spiritual disciplines to help you recognize God’s presence in your life and regain the balance we all need.

In this book, writer, parent, and spiritual director Kathleen Deyer Bolduc - - with honesty and humor, wisdom and wit - - invites the caregivers of children with disabilities to steep themselves in Scripture and self-reflection.

Key features:

• Provides a unique perspective of a parent raising a child with disabilities - - and dealing with it through faith and spiritual direction. 
• Powerful, insightful, faith-inspired stories of other families who are walking similar paths. 
• Exercises at the end of each chapter allow readers to reflect to find the beauty in the pieces of their mosaic

"The Wilderness Blessings" How Down Syndrome Recontructed Our Life and Faith. by Jeffrey M. Gallagher

From the emotional and poignant blog entries posted during his son Jacob's uncertain birth, trying surgeries, and first year of living with Down syndrome, author and pastor Jeffrey M. Gallagher reflects honestly and candidly on disability theology, God's place in tragedy and hardship, how the church welcomes (or not) people with differing abilities, and the joys-the wilderness blessings-that Jacob's life has given him.

Appealing to pastors, people of faith, readers interested in disability theology, parents and family members of those who are differently-abled, those who are interested in issues of inclusivity and acceptance, and those who struggle with understanding how God speaks and where God moves during difficult times, Wilderness Blessings: How Down Syndrome Reconstructed Our Life and Faith is a unique book that gives a pastoral and parental perspective into the reformation of a life and faith that have been blessed by the addition of a child with Down syndrome. After reading this book you may look at life and blessings from God in a new way.

"Rays of Hope" Poems of Faith and Inspiration by Karyl J. Leslie

Rays of Hope: Poems of Faith and Inspiration is a book of poetry designed for a varied reading experience. The poems in this volume point regularly to the love, promises, and faithfulness of God. The poems can be read as occasional devotional prompts or as desired. The reader is encouraged to use the open space on each page for his or her own reflections, expressions, or prayer. The variable length and style of the poems is deliberate to enable a variety of reflection experiences and opportunities.


"Ramblin Down Life's Road....." with a brain injury by Kevin Pettit

This book provides you with a view of what it is like to have a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It contains unedited excerpts from the diary of someone who underwent a TBI. TBIs occur frequently these days and affect more than 1.5 million people in America each year. This book is meant to give you a view from the inside out of what it's like to have a TBI, encourage you find ways to avoid having or causing a TBI, and to make you laugh a little.



 What Do You Think When You Hear the Word Disability?" INVISIBLE VOICES

Seven people gather on a stage. Three use wheelchairs. One is accompanied by her service dog. One man, who speaks using sign language, is accompanied by an actor who will voice what the man signs. One man doesn’t appear to have a disability at all.

This is the cast of Invisible Voices: Six individuals living with various disabilities; six voices, each with its own
unique perspective. Over the next 96 minutes, these energetic voices will weave a tapestry of a story. Some of
the stories will be sad, but not most of them. For the most part, these voices are happy confident, challenging,
The perfect guides to what is-- for most of us-- a foreign land.

the Invisible Voices DVD captures this compelling stage sow, providing a window into the complex worlds of six individuals who have adapted to and thrived with their disabilities. This is a compelling presentation delivered
by those who know, first hand, what it means to be one of the 54 million Americans living with a serious disability today.