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Darkness Is My Only Companion

Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental IllnessDarkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness by Kathryn Greene-McCreight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 2015 our congregation became the third in our denomination to adopt a WISE (Welcoming, inclusive, supportive, and engaged) for mental health. Mental health issues had long been something we talked about, received training in, included in worship and educational forums, and advocated for. Yet we always felt we needed to do more. Then, in the summer of 2015 a young man who was a beloved member of our congregation killed himself. He lived with a schizo-affective disorder. His husband desired that we use the opportunity of Felix' death to talk more openly about mental illness, and so the Sunday following the funeral I preached on Psalm 88, from which the title of this book is derived, and shared details of Felix' illness that Felix had shared with me. That Sunday we also shared resources on mental illness. In preparing the funeral and the following Sunday, I consulted the therapists and social workers in my congregation, who provided great help. In the weeks following Felix's death, we learned that the 2015 General Synod of the United Church of Christ had called for church's to become WISE for Mental Health, and so we eagerly went through the process.

Last autumn when I saw this book in Christian Century I knew I wanted to read it in order to further my own education and understanding. The author is a priest who lives with bipolar disorder and the book is part memoir and part theological reflection. Deeply rooted in Trinitarian theology and the rich resources of scripture and the Christian tradition, here is an express of Christian identity and faith in the midst of illness.

I highly recommend the book and will use it often in my ministry.

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