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Overview 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. Why is it that the church has struggled in ministering to those with mental illnesses? As both a church leader and professor of psychologyand neuroscience, Dr. 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 is written to educate Christians about mental illness from both biblical and scientific perspectives. Dr. Stanfordpresents insights into our physical and spiritual nature and discusses the appropriate role of psychology and psychiatry in the life of thebeliever. Describing common mental disorders, Dr. Stanford asks of each What does science say and what does the Bible say about thisillness?Mental illnesses addressed in the book include Mood Disorders Anxiety Disorders Schizophrenia Dissociative Disorders AttentionDeficit Hyperactivity Disorder Eating Disorders Substance Use Disorders Borderline Personality Disorder
Publishers Description 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. Why is it that the church has struggled in ministering to those with mental illnesses? As both a church leader and professor of psychology and neuroscience, Dr. 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 is written to educate Christians about mental illness from both biblical and scientific perspectives. Dr. 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, Dr. Stanford asks of each: "What does science say and what does the Bible say about this illness?"Mental illnesses addressed in the book include: Mood Disorders Anxiety Disorders Schizophrenia Dissociative Disorders Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder Eating Disorders Substance Use Disorders Borderline Personality Disorder
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Paternoster Publishing
ISBN 1934068446 ISBN13 9781934068441
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More About Matthew S. Stanford
Matthew S. Stanford holds a doctoral degree in neuroscience from Baylor University. He is a nationally recognized researcher and speaker in the area of aggressive and impulsive behavior, having published over fifty peer-reviewed articles in leading medical and scientific journals.Dr. Stanford has conducted research in a variety of mentally ill and brain-injured groups including those with aggression, personality disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, stroke, substance dependence, schizophrenia, and truamatic brain injury.In August 2003, he returned to Baylor University as professor in the Psychology and Neuroscience department wher he serves as the director of the Doctoral Program (PhD) in Psychology.
Reviews - What do customers think about Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness?
Balanced, compassionate perspective Oct 8, 2009
I really enjoyed this book, as a Christian and as someone who has had to deal with relatives with mental illness. It gives a very balanced view of mental health conditions, and it addresses the uninformed views that some Christians have regarding mental illnesses and the use of medication to treat them.
The book also does a good job in helping the non-afflicted to understand the afflicted, and why they cannot just "get over it" or "pray harder."
I highly recommend this book.
A must read for non specialist and psychology readers alike Mar 9, 2009
Mental illness has always been associated with sin and possession. "Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective" is a scholarly examination of the relationship between Christianity, the Bible, and the mentally ill. Demonic possession was ruled as the cause less enlightened times, but even today, the afflicted are told to pray for a cure, a cure which in most cases never comes. Stanford offers enlightening insights on why this is so, and tries to teach believers that there is a line where faith cannot help. "Grace for the Afflicted" is enlightening and fascinating, and a must read for non specialist and psychology readers alike.
Great resource for Christians Mar 2, 2009
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (2/09)
Dr. Stanford has written an easy to read and understand book for Christians and professionals who are often called to help in times of need. As a psychologist I find that many times Christians want more involvement in their church when they are diagnosed with a mental illness. The main problem is that many church leaders are not educated in the mental health field and are not sure how to handle ministering to those individuals who are either diagnosed or family members who are trying to help.
This book is a very good book for one to start with, as the author discusses spirituality and various mental illnesses diagnoses and provides scriptures to help those in pain. I have seen many of my college students describe the need for more church involvement; however, if one doesn't understand the basics of mental illness how can they be of assistance? Helping those with mental illness not only involves medication and psychiatry, but it also encompasses the whole person and with that spirituality needs to be included.
One of the statements I particularly liked was when someone asked, "If God so loved us, why does he have us suffer? Why doesn't he heal us?" God does heal us- he shows us the way to get help and at the same time increase our faith and spirituality.
The author discusses how diagnoses are made and describes several of the most common ones. He also addresses demonic possession, which many people believe causes mental illness. He also stresses that one first must get professional help and a diagnosis if needed, attend therapy and utilize medications as necessary. Those who minister need to know this information if they are to help their congregation. They need to know resources in their community and look at "red flags" or warning signs of those they minister to.
As a psychologist, I was glad to see this book. I have recommended "Grace for the Afflicted" by Dr. Matthew S. Stanford to many of my college students who ask for resources.
"the afflicted" Feb 16, 2009
I felt there was more-than-necessary time spent on the "afflicted." I believe that more credit should be given to the reader as to the meaning of a mental illness. We no longer need the comparison to "heart conditions or diabetes." Either the unafflicted has no interest in learning about mental illness or they have personally chosen not to open their eyes or ears this last decade.
Grace for the Afflicted Jan 21, 2009
It is always hard for me to review a non-fiction book. I am not quite sure why this is. I requested this book for the First Wild Card Tour because I have a daughter with ADHD. I was hoping that it could give me some perspective on how to help her as she is growing up. (She is currently 16). This book was able to give me encouragement as a parent and in the gift that she is as my child, but I think it is more orientated to those who might actually be called upon to counsel people or families with different mental illnesses.
Grace for the Afflicted starts out detailing how we are created and that we embody body, mind and spirit - and that any illness, whether physical or mental, needs healing on all levels.
There are then a series of chapters going into more detail on different mental illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, substance use disorders and borderline personality disorder. Each of these disorders are broken down even further, giving us specific types of each disorder and their symptoms. Causes of them, psychological, environmental, physical, biological are all listed as well as possible treatments. Each chapter is summed up with what the Bible says about the disorder, if anything and reminds us of how are faith can play a role in supporting the person afflicted.
I grew up with an older sibling that has had many labels, include schizophrenia as an adult, so no one had to convince me that mental illness takes more than just praying for person to be healed - or that the person just needed to want to get better. Now as a parent with an ADHD child I have seen first hand the effects that correct medication can do to ease some of the symptoms. Like I said, I did get encouragement that it was not something that I did wrong as a parent that "made" my child have ADHD, but reminded me that my child was given to me as a gift from God for a reason, and while I might not know what that reason is yet, He has equipped me with the ability to love and raise her as a believer in Christ. He will support me in whatever trials still lay ahead.
I think this book would be good for any church member who may or may not struggle with accepting mental illness as "true" illnesses and the best way they can council other believers. This book would actually be good in pointing out to ANY person that mental illness is just as serious and just as real as physical illness.