Darkness Is My Only Companion Paperback

A Christian Response to Mental Illness

by Kathryn Greene-McCreight

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Darkness Is My Only Companion

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Where is God in the suffering of a mentally ill person?

What happens to the soul when the mind is ill?

How are Christians to respond to mental illness?

In this brave and compassionate book, theologian and priest Kathryn Greene-McCreight confronts these difficult questions raised by her own mental illness--bipolar disorder. With brutal honesty, she tackles often avoided topics such as suicide, mental hospitals, and electroconvulsive therapy.

Greene-McCreight offers the reader everything from poignant and raw glimpses into the mind of a mentally ill person to practical and forthright advice for their friends, family, and clergy.

The first edition has been recognized as one of the finest books on the subject. This thoroughly revised edition incorporates updated research and adds anecdotal and pastoral commentary. It also includes a new foreword by the current Archbishop of Canterbury and a new afterword by the author.

Darkness Is My Only Companion by Kathryn Greene-McCreight was published by Baker Publishing Group in August 2015 and is our 34952nd best seller. The ISBN for Darkness Is My Only Companion is 9781587433726.

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Foreword to the Second Edition--Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Preface to the First Edition


Part One: Facing Mental Illness

1. Darkness
2. Mental Illness
3. Temptation to Suicide
4. Mania
5. Darkness, Again
6. Hospital

Part Two: Faith and Mental Illness

7. Feeling, Memory, and Personality
8. Brain, Mind, and Soul
9. Sin, Suffering, and Despair
10. Dark Night, Discipline, and the Hiddenness of God
11. Health and Prayer

Part Three: Living with Mental Illness

12. How Clergy, Friends, and Family Can Help
13. Choosing Therapy


Afterword to the Second Edition
Appendix I: Why and How I Use Scripture
Appendix II: A Brief Checklist of Symptoms and Resources
Appendix III: Discussion Questions


Details for Darkness Is My Only Companion

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherBaker Publishing Group (August 2015)
EditionRevised and Expanded ed.
Number of Pages240
Thickness9 mm
Height218 mm
Width134 mm
Product Code4335476
Page last updated 3rd May 2016
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