"For the past 20 years, I have served as a chaplain working on the streets with people who are homeless and struggling with mental illness. Together we have experienced the touch of God‚s tenderness. Together we have made the journey from the street to stability. Together we have experienced the tender touch of the Holy." Craig Rennebohm
Craig's book Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, written with David Paul, explores the realm of faith through the extraordinary prism of brain disorders. The stories in this book come from an unusual place: the experience of mental illness and, in particular, mental illness on the streets. Each story becomes a parable, helping us understand what it means to be human and vulnerable: souls on a pilgrimage toward meaning and wholeness, supported by God's healing Spirit.
The book profiles people living on the street who suffer from the devastating effects of mental illness and follows them on the journey from the margins of society through healing and back into the welcome and support of the community.
The authors describe some basic steps any of us can take to help a relative, friend, or stranger struggling with mental illness and in need of care and support.
From his experience, Craig shares models of care that bring congregations and community health services together in support of outreach, recovery, and well-being.
And the authors invite readers to help create compassionate neighborhoods as building blocks for a world in which care takes precedence over neglect and peaceable community replaces conflict and injustice.
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