Is This For Me?
This is the place for those who deal with chronic and mental illnesses, and aren’t satisfied with just getting by. But you might be thinking,
I don’t have a chronic illness or mental illness, so why should I keep reading?
There are two reasons this site can still be vital for you.
You know someone who has a chronic condition or mental illness
You might not know it, but trust me, you do. Probably more than one person.
Statistics show that over 150 million people in the US alone have a chronic or mental illness of some sort, and this number does not include the many individuals suffering with an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed illness.
Through my Day in the Life series, you will be able to walk in the shoes of those suffering from chronic illnesses. You will meet the mom of a child with Rett Syndrome, who has to watch her eight-year-old daughter struggle to fit in when she cannot talk or walk.
You will hear how a single man with epilepsy was literally saved from death by strangers when his seizure threw him in front of a train. You will learn how so many hide their pain, because they are ashamed of it, or because they are afraid of how others will respond.
You probably don’t know how to support the chronically or mentally ill
I am going to assume you want to know how to love and care for those with chronic or mental illnesses in your life. When your aunt is in the midst of depression, you want to know how to be a source of encouragement for her, instead of unknowingly adding to the pain.
This community is filled with knowledge, but it’s more than that. We give you practical steps to take and challenge you to think differently.
Knowing how to support the chronically ill is even more important if you are a leader in a church, community organization, or company. This space will speak to how to develop a culture that allows for transparency instead of infallibility and uniformity. We’re redefining normal and rediscovering hope
In this community, you will learn how to encourage your friends and family members who are ill. You will have resources for hundreds of ideas on how to serve them. You will have the tools to help those you care for. You will learn to grant dignity to those in your life with chronic illness.
Whispers in the Pews
Whispers in the Pews: Voices on Mental Illness in the Church
Mental Illness is real. Will the Church get real?
This book is a collection of essays from various authors: men and women, pastors and congregants, counselors and nurses, parents and children. All have a unique view of how mental health conditions affect people, and how the church has responded to these circumstances.
About the Book
Mental Illness is real. Will the Church get real? This book is a collection of essays from various authors: men and women, pastors and congregants, counselors and nurses, parents and children. All have a unique view of how mental health conditions affect people, and how the church has responded to these circumstances. Whispers in the Pews tackles how the mentally ill have been, and still are, treated in the church at large by sharing stories. This is not fundamentally a teaching book, but a book of moments and lives, knitted together by the common theme of mental health. No sermons will be included, though lessons learned from difficulties and their foundations in Scripture are encouraged. This collection will expand your vision, and your heart, about what the church does well for the mentally ill, and where we can improve.
I cannot imagine Jesus scolding someone with a mental illness, telling them to just get over it, try harder, memorize more verses. No, He would listen. He would love. He would be filled with compassion. And even He was deemed mentally ill in his time, his miracles attributed to demonic activity. In short, Jesus empathizes with people who don’t fit a culture’s mold. But the church? We can either cause more suffering or create pathways of hope. Sadly, through ignorance and Christian platitudes we’ve done more of the former than the latter. This book offers incredibly precious insight to help the church become like Jesus for those who suffer. Read this book. Give it to your pastors and leaders. Revolutionary seems too small a word.
Finally, someone is speaking out on a deep and important issue that simply does not get talked about enough in our faith communities. Thank you, Chris, for your honesty and bravery. May these words move us all to deeper and more compassionate action.
Chris Morris has compiled honest and raw stories that give sight into the heart of many Christians who have battled, or are battling, mental illness. Whispers in the Pews brings to light that mental health matters and how it hasn't always mattered in the Christian community, and it needs to. Our churches need to be a place where all are welcome, no matter one's story. Chris has written a thought-provoking book that will stir up your heart to be a part of the change we need to see.
Compassion is the antidote to stigma, and it only begins when we hear the stories of real men and women who suffer from mental illness. Chris Morris is doing the church a tremendous service with this book. It should be required reading for anyone who considers himself or herself to be a follower of Jesus.
I am ridiculously excited for the stories in this book to be shared. There is an incredible need to discuss the reality of mental illness and how the church can improve how it addresses this.