One of the hardest connection points of talking about mental illness with people who may only have brief encounters is understanding the severity of it. Further, with Christians, we not only need to connect to the heartstrings of the individual but also how this impacts the story of God. Sparks of Redemptive Grace and it’s companion book 31 Days, 31 Ways 2 Pray 4 Families are written for this very reason.

These two books are not for how to setup a Christian mental health ministry, explain how mental health impacts families and churches, or ways for the individual or family to cope with clinical or Christian practices. Sparks of Redemptive Grace is a looking glass into how a Christian family and individual is uniquely impacted by mental illness to help the reader develop empathy and compassion for this people group. 31 Days, 31 Ways 2 Pray 4 Families is a supplemental 31-day quick prayer guide to help people who want to pray for individuals and families that need support.

This book set is perfect to give to leaders or pastors within the church who do not understand the impact mental illness has on their congregation or community or are open to more conversations. Further, these books are ideal for churches who have been doing ministry for people with hidden disabilities as well as Christian mental health professionals who need to reconnect with the purpose of their mission and vision of the populations they serve.

With this being an easy read and low cost, this would make a great gift to staff and volunteers as a whole group as well as for new people onboarding to your ministry. I give this book a 4 out of 5.

[Editor’s note: This article is a sponsored post and both books were provided to us for free without condition of a review.]

Published by Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is the Co-Occurring Program Coordinator and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at a community mental health center. Jeremy has a history of working as a ministry director for Youth for Christ for 8 years and then working as a mental health and substance use adult counselor in Colorado and Ohio, specifically running an Opioid Residential Treatment Center.

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