Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness

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Each day men and women diagnosed with mental disorders are told they need to pray more and turn from their sin. Mental illness is equated with demonic possession, weak faith and generational sin. Why is it that the church has struggled in ministering to those with mental illnesses? As both a church leader and professor of psychology and neuroscience, Dr. Stanford has seen far too many mentally ill brothers and sisters damaged by well meaning believers who respond to them out of fear or misinformation rather than grace.

Grace for the Afflicted is written to educate Christians about mental illness from both biblical and scientific perspectives. Dr. Stanford presents insights into our physical and spiritual nature and discusses the appropriate role of psychology and psychiatry in the life of the believer. Describing common mental disorders, Dr. Stanford asks of each: "What does science say and what does the Bible say about this illness?"

Mental illnesses addressed in the book include:
· Mood Disorders
· Anxiety Disorders
· Schizophrenia
· Dissociative Disorders
· Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
· Eating Disorders
· Substance Use Disorders
· Borderline Personality Disorder

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About the Author:

Matthew S. Stanford holds a doctoral degree in neuroscience from Baylor University.
He is a nationally recognized researcher and speaker in the area of aggressive and
impulsive behavior, having published over fifty peer-reviewed articles in leading medical and scientific journals. In August 2003, he returned to Baylor University as a professor in the Psychology and Neuroscience department where he presently serves as the director of the Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in Psychology. He is an active member of the American
Psychological Association, Society for Psychophysiological Research and the International
Society of Research on Aggression. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and serves as the secretary and treasurer for the International Society for Research on Impulsivity.

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"Finally !! A tool on mental health issues that is Jesus-centered, biblically anchored, well-balanced, thoroughly readable, and practically focused on the real wounds we encounter. Better yet, Matthew Stanford encourages and helps us learn to struggle well with life for the glory of God. Grace for the Afflicted is by far the best book out on the topic of mental illness."
-- Dr. Michael Sprague, Senior Paster, Trinity Church, Covington, LA

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