“A masterpiece of storytelling, which has tremendous potential to continue the transformation of our Churches and society into a safety net of unbroken relationships.”
– Rev. Patrick Howell, S.J., Vice-President for Mission and Ministry, Seattle University, author of Reducing the Storm to a Whisper: The Story of a Breakdown.
“A deeply affecting mosaic of stories, Souls in the Hands of a Tender God unveils the tragedy of homelessness, mental illness, and estrangement, and reveals the power of hospitality and accompaniment in the daunting journey toward home, healing, and belonging. You’re unlikely to find a better portrayal of what it means to truly love your neighbor as yourself.”
–- Ken Kraybill, training specialist, National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
“Rarely has the lived experience of mental illness been expressed with such clarity and compassion. Souls in the Hands of a Tender God is an engrossing read for anyone who seeks to comprehend the needs of our brothers and sisters on the streets.”
– John N. Lozier, executive director, National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
“Like Jesus, Rennebohm uses the stories of ‘the least of these’ to break the silence about mental illness. He models a ministry of presence through companionship and embraces relationship to heal the soul and reveal God’s presence in the midst of our personal darkness.”
– Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder, United Methodist Minister and Coordinator of Mental Health Ministries, author of In the Shadow of God’s Wings: Grace in the Midst of Depression.
“This moving and personal story will be of great value to anyone working with people who struggle with mental illness. Rennebohm brings to life the compassion, grace, and justice of this spiritual approach, but also emphasizes the need to recognize the whole person—their social, psychological, and biological facets—as well as the stark reality of mental illness.”
– David H. Avery, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
“Here is a powerful testimonial to the work of community in healing the broken fragments of our lives. Rennebohm is focused, clear, mindful and exceedingly human in relating the medical to the religious in the care of souls.”
– Bishop Cabell Tennis, the Episcopal Church in the USA.
“This book was lived before it was written. Craig Rennebohm has gone to people and places that many Americans would prefer not to notice. In doing so, he has discovered that the light does yet shine in the darkness. Now he brings back stories of the light to show us all the way.”
– Anthony B. Robinson, United Church of Christ minister and author of Transforming Congregational Culture and Common Grace.
“This beautifully written book is a must read for those personally affected by mental illness. It is of even greater value for those who are not.”
– Gunnar Christiansen, M.D., founder, FaithNet NAMI.