A Pelican of the Wilderness

A Pelican of the Wilderness

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After serving for more than thirty years as a parish minister, the author was hospitalized with major depression. This is the story of his depression and recovery--a recovery of health, vocation, and faith. First, Griggs regained the experience of small pleasures. Eventually, he recovered the ability to choose, to set limits, and to accept reality. He then turned to the biblical Psalms--indeed his own writing echoes their candor. But he also found hope in films, including Breakfast at Tiffany's and Blazing Saddles. To the mental health issues facing clergy and others in the helping professions Griggs brings to bear insights from research and from his own experience as a pastor and a person recovering from depression. He tells his story with spirit and humor.Given what I have learned from people in the hospital, I know that without recovering self-respect one cannot recover mental health. In a€œOn Self-Respect, a€ an essay collected in Slouching towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion writes: a€œTo have thatanbsp;...

Title:A Pelican of the Wilderness
Author:Robert W. Griggs
Publisher:Wipf and Stock Publishers - 2014-03-20


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