Faith In Mind: An introduction to Christian faith for those struggling with mental ill health by Steve Tash
A collection of bible readings for those struggling with mental ill health. The readings are an introduction to Christian faith, pointing to Jesus the bringer of light into darkness and hope for the hopeless.
Illustrations by Anna Tash
81 pages | Paperback
RRP: UK: £6.95 | USA: $9.00
Faith in Mind is a collection of bible readings for those struggling with mental ill health. The readings are an introduction to Christian faith, pointing to Jesus the bringer of light into darkness and hope for the hopeless. Steve Tash, who has suffered himself, looks at how the bible can be relevant to mental health. Some bible verses seem to describe the sinking tangle of mental illness and answer it with the rock of God’s enduring love across the ages. There is encouragement to carry on despite the pain and to find in Jesus, life, peace and freedom.
Through Faith in Mind Steve draws with a real honesty on his own personal experience; he uses this to bring out of the Bible something of God’s deep love and compassion when we are in dark places. I found the images helpful as sometimes they reach where words cannot and enable a different type of connection. The book has a warmth and understanding that is like an arm around the shoulder when we might need it and I wish I’d had the book when I was ill.
This is a book, full of compassion and wisdom, for those struggling with mental health. It is also an introduction to the Christian faith. The author has himself experienced times of deep darkness and struggle in his own life, which gives the writing an authenticity and a gentle conviction. Today, thank God, mental illness is coming out of the closet of shame and is recognised as something many, if not most of us, will experience at some stage in our life. This book is both timely and deeply human, the work of a wounded healer who has faith in the one by whose wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53.5) Suffused with Christian love for those in a place of darkness and struggle, it offers both hope and solidarity. It is enhanced by the fine drawings of the author’s daughter, Anna.
As a chaplain with over 15 years in mental health many have told me how difficult it can be, in a place of darkness, to find a word to pray. I warmly commend this booklet and its pictures as a guide to help you through those dark places.