For decades, local congregations around the world refused to pay any attention to mental health illnesses and to create programs to help those who suffer from mental health issues. However, the majority of contemporary pastors find themselves practicing counseling with individuals from their congregations or from the community they serve. Depression, anxiety, ADHD or addictions are some of the difficulties many Christians and new believers face today. For that reason, pastors and Church leaders would benefit from getting familiar with counseling and psychiatry terminology.
Handbooks are always one of the best options. The Pastoral Handbook of Mental Illness, by Steve Bloem (Kregel, 2018) is one of the most recent work in the field of Pastoral Ministry and Counseling. This book claims to be a “guide for training and reference.”
The author begins by introducing psychiatric and spiritual terms, followed by section addressing research and treatment. The major section of the book is devoted to the major mental illnesses, meaning anorexia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and depression, just to mention few.
A remarkable aspect of this book is its conciseness. Writing in a concise manner is both an art and an ability, and Bloem does both in a very effective fashion. For that reason, this book is appropriate not only for expert in the field of mental health but also for everyone interested in learning more about mental health issues. The purpose of this book is not to help readers to become experts in mental health diagnosis and treatment, but to provide readers with an introduction and understanding of mental health illnesses to better serve in ministry.
This book is highly recommended for pastors, elders, Church leaders, and Christians in general, as well as for those who need to brake with the stigma of mental health illnesses. If you are looking to train others in order to create a counseling ministry in your Church, this book will serve you well in so doing.
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