Troubled Minds by Amy Simpson

Troubled Minds

The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award Winner (Her.meneutics) Winner of a 2013 Leadership Journal Book Award ("Our Very Short List" in "The Leader's Outer Life" category)Mental illness is the sort of thing we don't like to talk about. It doesn't reduce nicely to simple solutions and happy outcomes. So instead, too often we reduce people who are mentally ill to caricatures and ghosts, and simply pretend they don't exist. They do exist, however -- ...

Details Troubled Minds

TitleTroubled Minds
Release DateApr 3rd, 2013
PublisherIVP Books
GenrePsychology, Health, Mental Health, Nonfiction, Counselling, Christian, Christian Non Fiction, Christian Living, Mental Illness

Reviews Troubled Minds

  • James Housworth
    This was a difficult book to read. I bought it thinking it would be a hopeful, realistic, practical guide to understanding mental illness from a Christian perspective. It’s more of a wake up call, gut-check to the stomach type of book. In accomplishing that purpose (giving the church a wake up call), I thought the author did really well. She provides example after example of the heart-wrenching stories, questions with no satisfactory answers, a...
  • Jonathan Brown
    Troubled Minds, as other reviewers have noted, is part-memoir, part-treatise, part-counsel. Amy Simpson, the author, grew up in a pastor's family, one of several siblings; but, as time went on, it became apparent that her mother was beginning to suffer from schizophrenia, a fact that soon came to dominate their household dynamics and the way they related with their church (and compelled her father to eventually step down from ministry to care for...
  • Kevin Deisher
    This is a book I wanted to write and am so glad that someone finally wrote it. The church is often the first and last place people turn to for help in mental health crisis and this book is a great resource that every church leader should read.
  • Faith Spinks
    An excellent, thought provoking read. Mental health is a reality. It’s a reality in every walk of life. Although this book focuses on the Church it is a useful read for people in all sorts of context. A very real understanding of what mental health is and the issues surrounding it. And also an understanding of how too often the Church responds to people and their families with mental health issues, how they should and some very practical ideas ...
  • Adrian Warnock
    Amy Simpson bravely shares her own story of how her mother’s mental health affected her upbringing. She speaks of not feeling she could tell any of her friends about her mother’s mental illness. Troubled Minds also weaves in experiences shared by other Christians, and shares the results of a survey of church leaders on the subject. This is an excellent book for those who have no understanding of mental illness, but it also has a great message...
  • Karla Owen foisy
    meh. Amy Simpson's family has struggled with her mom's mental illness for most of Amy's life. She describes not only how her family dealt with it, but how the church responded. She continues her story, to illustrate how the church could minister to those with mental illness (and their families). The book has a slew of good ideas, and I enjoyed reading those sections, but she spends much time on describing/explaining mental illnesses and diagnoses...
  • Darcie
    "Something is deeply wrong with the perspective of the church that welcomes only the attractive,desire able, and like-minded. A quick glance at the contrast to Jesus' ministry on earth should be enough to convince us that we are not her to be as comfortable as possible. We are not her for the sake of our own achievement, success, or happiness. We are here to fulfill the wishes of the one who bought our lives with his own." Instinctively, as a suf...
  • Madison Boboltz
    Read this book for my Abnormal Psychology class and had the opportunity to skype with the author. This book is so educational and important. I recommend It to any Christian who cares to see the church do a better job loving those who suffer in any shape or form from mental illness. Read this book for my Abnormal Psychology class and had the opportunity to skype with the author. This book is so educational and important. I️ recommend I️t to ...
  • Mike
    The best thing about the book is that it helped to put several things into perspective that I have been thinking about lately. First it helped to solidify the idea that counseling psychology is one of our modern Baals and has crept into the church in a horribly evil way.Second, the world is doing a better job of taking care of the people in our churches who are suffering from brain damage. They are doing a terrible job, but they are doing better,...
  • Luke
    Nearly everyone is touched by mental illness – directly or indirectly – at some point. 1 in 4 people are suffering from a mental illness at any time, and the figure is higher for those who have at some point during their life. Antipsychotics are the best-selling class of drugs in the US. Nearly every church has recognized mental illness in its congregation, and yet the vast majority do nothing to care for those suffering, and don’t know how...
  • Hannah Notess
    Great overview of what has gone wrong with churches' attempts to minister (okay, minister is a generous word) to people with mental illness, and some great suggestions about how churches can improve. Very readable and well-written, with a nice balance between personal stories of families (the author's mother has schizophrenia) and practical, research-backed information.I think this book would be useful for just about any pastor.
  • Tracy
    This a book that every church leader and member needs to read. There are a lot of misconceptions, some of which are down right dangerous, about mental illness which continue to permeate the larger church body. This is a book that is easy to read and packed full of information about mental illness and what the church's role needs to be going forward.
  • Kari
    Easy, yet educated read to help others have an understanding of mental illness and the feeling of loneliness in the church. Sadly, I could relate to many of the short stories. Amy Simpson, thank you for having the courage to share your story and encouraging us to make a change in our community.
  • Nancy Dragoo
    Someone said on Instagram yesterday that their goal in 2018 is to make the broken feel less broken. Yes! Could there be a better mission for the church? But despite being hope for many types of brokenness, for many individuals with mental illness and their families, the church often contributes to the stigma of mental illness and feelings of isolation.Sometimes the stigma described by the author was difficult to read as it brought back so many me...
  • Crystal Dwinnell
    Reading this as one persons experience was interesting however reading it as a required book academically I found it incredibly disappointing. I think the authors perspectives of the role of the church in mental health care is too high of an expectation. Individuals with mental illness need counsel and care by professionals, the church cannot take the place of that. While the author never explicitly suggests that it does seem to be her expectatio...
  • Eleanor Shepherd
    It seemed to me that this book only scratched the surface of the subject and that there is a whole lot more that needs to be written. It is extremely complicated and there needs to be some deep theological thinking to accompany this in the same way that there needs to be for dealing with any kinds of ills. The writing of this book is certainly a step in the right direction in helping to acknowledge a problem that has long been ignored.
  • David
    Excellent book about real life and the struggle of dealing with depression. I so much appreciate Amy's honesty about her family and her journey about helping others learn how to care in difficult circumstances. This is a must read for anyone because someone we know struggles with depression or you are looking for help yourself.
  • Jillian Michaud
    Good reference book on basic mental illnesses. I found the practical advice in regards to what the Church can do to support people with mental illnesses and those who have loved ones who suffer from mental illnesses really helpful and useful, and have taken note for future reference and ideas for my own ministry. I only took a star away because of the stories that sometimes ran together.
  • Susan Quinnell
    Great resource for the lay person. Helpful and frank discussion of the challenges with mental illness. Important ministry suggestions for the community of church to address compassion and support for the suffering in our midst.I will be sharing this book with my ministry staff!
  • Josh McInnis
    An important introduction to the prevalence of mental illness and why and how churches should destigmatize suffering from mental illness and come alongside sufferers and those who care and love for the sufferers.
  • Nancy Bandusky
    This is a good book to educate the "church" on how to respond to someone suffering from a mental illness; it includes several ideas/examples of how to help show God's love to other humans, just like is done to those suffering from more acceptable illnesses.
  • DrJPK
    Troubled Minds is a powerful resource for church leaders. It provides an understanding of mental illness within a theological and compassionate framework.
  • Teresa Hurst
    Informative for Christians who want to help those who suffer from mental illness and their loved ones. It’s a bit redundant toward the end, so I subtracted a star for that.
  • Aaron Rosales
    basic. neither theological nor psychological. not effectively descriptive nor prescriptive. very vague bullet pointed recommendations
  • Annie Kate
    Worthwhile reading for every church member because mental illness is becoming more and more common. Personal, informative, and hopeful, this books gives direction to those who want to help.
  • JoAnne Fowler
    Every Church should read this book
  • Susan
    This book is a must read for anyone involved in ministry and anyone who knows and loves someone with mental illness.
  • Brian
    Very good resource for pastors, counselors or families dealing with mental illness.
  • Christy Bower
    During Amy Simpson’s youth, her mother developed schizophrenia. She knows firsthand the traumas and difficulties of families with mental illness. That’s why she writes with such passion and compassion for others who struggle with mental health problems. In particular, she points out the many ways the church has failed people with mental health issues.In her book, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission, Simpson addresses the p...
  • Pam
    Mental Illness - the "no-casserole illness"I found this book at a publisher's table while attending a children's ministry conference. The person next to me (another shopper) said that this was the best book she had ever read on mental illness and how the church can and should respond. Not a month earlier, my church had a guest speaker come and talk on this same topic, so I bought it. It has taken me months to get to this book but I am so glad I k...