Below is a list of nine books
and one DVD video on the subjects of
Disabilities and Mental Health.
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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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
• Provides a unique perspective of a parent raising a child with
disabilities - - and dealing with it through faith and spiritual
• 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
by those who know, first hand, what it means to be one of the 54 million
Americans living with a serious disability today.