Blessed Union: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness and Marriage
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Coming February 2021; available for pre-order here in January
If you are struggling with mental illness in your marriage, you are not alone -- and there is help.
Mental illness affects at least a quarter of all marriages. From the author of Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family, and Church comes a deeply personal, honest, and hopeful book to offer healing and support, and show how marriages can thrive despite mental illness.
In Blessed Union, pastor and acclaimed mental health and disabilities advocate Sarah Griffith Lund explores the impact mental illness has on blessed unions and shares insights, encouragement, and tools to help couples navigate these particular relationship challenges.
Lund opens up about the journey with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in her own marriage, and shares stories of other couples who have been impacted by mental illnesses such as addiction, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, postpartum depression, schizophrenia, suicidality, and more.
In this expansive exploration of mental illness and relationships, Lund also considers mental illness as a justice issue and how that calls us to respond as people of faith, how our faith is connected to mental illness, and how the stigma around mental illness serves to keep mental issues hidden in a marriage.
The book includes guided journal pages at the end with prompts on each chapter for deeper reflection.
Blessed Union offers concrete help for couples in challenging marriages and reminds them that they are not alone.
“Sarah Griffith’s groundbreaking book on mental illness and marriage, written with deep wisdom, remarkable clarity, and the most beautiful vulnerability, boldly bears witness to the all too often silenced and shame-inducing experiences of marriages impacted by mental illness in ways that are radically restorative. If you or someone you love needs to be reminded of how both blessed and sacred unions impacted by mental illness really are, this book is a must read.”--Christina Davis Th.D., LMFT, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Marriage and Family Therapy, Christian Theological Seminary.