Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness, and the Journey to Wholeness

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Wrestling with Our Inner Angels is Nancy Kehoe’s compelling, intimate, and moving story of how she brought her background as a psychologist and a nun in the Religious of the Sacred Heart to bear in the groups she formed to explore the role of faith and spirituality in their treatment – and in their lives. Through fascinating stories of her own spiritual journey, she gives readers of all backgrounds and interests new insights into the inner lives of the mentally ill and new ways of thinking about the role of spirituality and faith in all our lives.

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"Nancy Kehoe has done something truly remarkable both in this book and in her practice as a Harvard psychologist—she has broken the taboo on talking about religious beliefs in the treatment of mental illness. Her decision to hold group therapy sessions centered around religion not only allowed her patients to better wrestle with their inner angels but also took her on a journey of spiritual self-discovery that led to acceptance of her own angels within. Anyone who has ever dealt with mental illness or thought seriously about religion should read this book."

COKIE ROBERTS
news analyst for ABC and NPR; author, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, Founding Mothers, and Ladies of Liberty

"To continue the progress we have made in mental health policy in this country, we need to continue to work toward changing the perceptions of mental illness. An important means of achieving this is through the sharing of personal experiences. In her book, Dr. Kehoe offers a selection of personal stories that give readers a better understanding of what it means to suffer from a mental illness in America."

CONGRESSMAN PATRICK KENNEDY
Rhode Island

"In this candid and courageously revealing personal exploration, Dr. Kehoe shines a bright, warm light into a dark area of current mental health practice and demonstrates how spirituality and faith can represent sources of strength for the mentally ill, rather than symptoms of illness. A truly inspiring work."

THOMAS G. GUTHEIL, M.D.
professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

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WRESTLING with Our INNER Angels

"For building bridges across the chasm that exists between religion and psychology and for her dutiful service to suffering people both in her practice and in the prose of this rich book, Nancy Kehoe deserves all our gratitude and respect and attention."
—Joshua Shenk, author, Lincoln's Melancholy

Wrestling with Our Inner Angels offers Nancy Kehoe's compelling, intimate, and moving story of how she brought her background as a psychologist and a nun to bear in the groups of people with mental illness that explored the role of faith and spirituality in their treatment—and in their lives. Filled with fascinating stories of her own spiritual journey, this book offers new insights into the inner lives of people with men- tal illness and new ways of thinking about the role of spirituality and faith in all our lives.

Most clinicians who treat the mentally ill would rather not talk about their clients' religious and spiritual beliefs. They are fearful of what might be unleashed or what dangerous tendencies or delusions might be reinforced. In return, clients don't reveal the details of their inner lives because they believe their therapists would see them as sicker, and suspect that their beliefs might be held against them. But as distinguished clinician and Sacred Heart nun Nancy Kehoe found out, respecting spiritual and religious beliefs of those who suffer from mental illness actually opens the way to greater meaning, support, and even healing.

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