4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
We will read one woman's spiritual autobiography that focuses on her journey with mental illness and faith.
The book talks about the trauma that people experience, and how to heal and reconnect with God in the aftermath. Readers are encourage to come with your own stories to the discussion, so that we might talk about where God is in pain, and support each other through the struggles. This book is a wonderful entry point to removing the stigma of mental illness and sharing about faith.
Review from the Christian Century "Honest and harrowing, this spiritual autobiography testifies to God’s persuasive presence in a life that bears family legacies of slavery, alcoholism, abuse, and mental illness. Monica Coleman, who teaches at the Claremont School of Theology, uses process theology as a lens through which she can know and trust God. God and Coleman’s depression are the underlying characters in this narrative. She loses God at her grandmother’s funeral and regains God when her mother acts on a courageous decision; she loses God when she is raped and regains God through dance. By the end, hope and healing are apparent: “God is making something new . . . knitting me back together.”"
Book is available through the Chicago Public Library or at the Bookcellar for $29.76 (or for 26.78 if you are a part of the free loyalty program).