Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness

The terms mental illness and mental health are often used casually, but many don t believe mental illness is relevant to their lives However, studies show that people live with mental illness than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined.Broken Brain, Fortified Faith is the story of one family s journey through schizophrenia, navigating the uncharted wateThe terms mental illness and mental health are often used casually, but many don t believe mental illness is relevant to their lives However, studies show that people live with mental illness than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined.Broken Brain, Fortified Faith is the story of one family s journey through schizophrenia, navigating the uncharted waters of mental illness to find help for their daughter, Amber, and support for their family This memoir is an honest look at the stress, anger, education, and finally, hope experienced through eyes of a mother Along the way, she questions her trust in God as their family encounters setbacks, inadequate treatments, and additional family health crises, but with the help of trusted family, friends, education, and support groups, author Virginia Pillars learns to rely on her faith as she faces the challenges that often accompany mental illness.
Broken Brain Fortified Faith Lessons of Hope Through a Child s Mental Illness The terms mental illness and mental health are often used casually but many don t believe mental illness is relevant to their lives However studies show that people live with mental illness than hea

  • Title: Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness
  • Author: Virginia Pillars
  • ISBN: 9781942934745
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness”

    1. This was an excellent read, well-written and compelling. Thankfully, we are moving away from the stigma of talking about mental illness. Back in the sixties, my father (now deceased) suffered from schizophrenia as well as manic depression. But it wasn’t something he could share with either employers or anyone outside of the family. In this book, the author takes us step by step through her journey of, at first, disbelief, then frustration to — finally — hope and recovery. Highly recommend! [...]

    2. Broken Brain, Fortified Faith is the true story of how one woman deals with her adult daughter’s diagnosis of schizophrenia, several hospitalizations, legal issues, and other family crises, over a two-year period, including: infertility, the death of an infant grandson, and her daughter-in-law’s breast cancer. This memoir describes how the family struggles with these difficult issues and responds to the setbacks with the help of trusted friends and support groups.Once I began reading Broken [...]

    3. I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy of this amazing book. This family's journey through a diagnosis of mental illness should be a "must-read" on every health professional's list, as well as anyone who is facing a similar diagnosis. This author brings hope and inspiration to families who are struggling to navigate a path no one wants to talk about.

    4. This is an inspiring, courageous story of one family’s journey through the fear and isolation of mental illness. It sends the most powerful message of all: there is always hope.

    5. I won this book in the Reader's Coffeehouse group on Facebook. It is not a book I would have picked up on my own - I don't have a child with a mental illness and I don't often read nonfiction. Saying all that, I loved it. It is well written, engaging, and readable. Virginia Pilllars is helping to take mental illness out of the dark and showing that it is no different than a physical illness. It just happens to be an illness that hits the brain. She also shows that with faith and support from fam [...]

    6. In this engaging read, far from being merely an account of handling mental illness, Virginia Pillars discloses the realities of dealing with her daughter's schizophrenia. We see every step of her journey, the failures and successes, and her steadfast love for her family. Virginia's honest account drew me in and carried me to the end with a overall message of faith and hope.

    7. Virginia Pillars' memoir of a mother navigating the world of parenting a young adult with a brand-new diagnosis schizophrenia is at once heart-wrenching, informative and inspiring. Pillars honestly describes her day-by-day experience with her daughter's illness and recovery, with a view toward helping other families whose lives are touched by a frustrating disease.(ARC provided by author)

    8. I didn't think I'd have the strength to finish this--it is very real and descriptive, heartbreaking. Like The Shack, I had to put it aside after the first few pages. But I made myself sit back down. Then I couldn't stop. I read it entirely in (almost) one sitting. What an amazing and inspirational story! While my relative had a different mental illness causing her psychosis, the pain it caused me and my family was identical to the Pillars'. It is so good to know that God never abandons us. Mrs. [...]

    9. I received a review copy of "Broken Brain, Fortified Faith" by Virginia Pillars. What an amazing book of hope and determination! When her college-educated daughter Amber began exhibiting unusual actions and symptoms, Pillars and her family were taken on a journey filled with pain and the eventual diagnosis of schizophrenia. Virginia Pillars doesn't hold back. She delivers a nitty-gritty story filled with her honest emotions, deep faith, and a strong love of family. This book will touch readers l [...]

    10. I don't remember when or how this book came to my attention, but it's been on my to-read list for a while, one because the author is a fellow Iowan, and two because she writes about a subject on which the general public is not well-informed. Mental illness is also a matter of concern in our state given the state's cuts in funding and services in recent years. Pillars does not touch on those issues. Rather she relates her family's experience with her daughter's mental illness. Writing from her he [...]

    11. Virginia Pillars won an award for this memoir that she writes with utmost honesty about the trials suffered by the members of her family as they face a diagnosis of schizophrenia in their adult child. I am not even halfway through the journey to find Amber where she has retreated inside herself, and I care so much about her and her parents and how they are going to survive. Yet their faith is strong as Mom and Dad pray together for God's help. Did I say this author is honest? Oh yes, she uses he [...]

    12. What an awesome book!!!! I loved the last line in the book, a quote by C.S. Lewis, "Don't shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you others see Him." Thank you Virginia, for being courageous enough to write your family's story. Oh how I long for another family to receive the same hope, help, and healing you found and shared with all of us! So happy for Amber and for all of you! Thank you for loving her enough to get her help!!!! I know how much mental illness can affect extended fami [...]

    13. An engaging account of one family's heart-wrenching struggles, and the hope that saw them through. I appreciate having new insight into schizophrenia, an illness I knew next to nothing about. This well-written book is both brave and inspiring.

    14. BROKEN BRAIN, FORTIFIED FAITH is a wonderful book and very helpful for those who have families touched by mental illness, especially schizophrenia as was my family. I found this memoir encouraging and educational. The reader followed not only Amber's progress from the initial break with reality to independence and self-knowledge but the ensuing family dynamics. I highly recommend this well-written book.

    15. Virginia Pillars writes with utmost honesty in this award-winning memoir about the trials suffered by her family facing a diagnosis of schizophrenia in an adult child. Not only does Pillars have to face her daughter’s illness, she also has to fight to find medical and legal assistance necessary to save her. It is a story that resonates with any family facing the serious illness of a child. Pillars’ beautiful narration brings the reader with her as she witnesses her daughter fall deeper and d [...]

    16. Broken Brain, Fortified Faith by Virginia Pillars is the most absorbing book I have read all year. It is a true account of the rough road to accurate diagnosis and medical treatment of an independent college student who develops schizophrenia, but it reads like an exciting investigative mystery novel. The student, “Amber”, a name given to protect the young lady’s privacy, is fortunate to have been born into a family of faith and friends, because it took all the family, friends and faith sh [...]

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