Christ on the Psych Ward

David Finnegan-Hosey

Mar/2018, 160 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780898690514



• Applicable not just to those with mental health issues, but for churches and the church at large

Christ on the Psych Ward is a series of reflections on the intersections among mental health, faith, and ministry. Beginning with his own experience, Finnegan- Hosey shares ways communities of faith can be present with those suffering from mental illness and crises. Weaving together personal testimony, theological reflection, and practical ministry experience, he offers a message of hope for those suffering and for friends and faith communities struggling to care for them. Ultimately, his journey of recovery and healing reveals the need for a theological understanding of a vulnerable God, important not solely for ministry with those with mental health struggles, but offering a hopeful vision forward for the church.

Hoping to use Christ on the Psych Ward as an educational resource for your congregation, community, or small group? You can download a free discussion guide by clicking here.

Audience: those going through mental illness, coping with loss or a transition; for personal use as well as at churches, hospitals, support groups, clinics, and outreach centers

DAVID FINNEGAN-HOSEY is chaplain-in-residence at Georgetown University and previously served at American University and the University of Hawaii. He holds a master's degree in divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, Finnegan-Hosey has since begun speaking and writing on the intersections between mental illness, faith, and the process of healing and is certified by Mental Health First Aid USA to provide initial help to people experiencing depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders. In 2015, he spoke at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina, and has shared his testimony with campus ministries, local congregations, and blog audiences and been featured on Emerging Voices on, as well as the MediaScorch podcast.

“In Christ on the Psych Ward, David Finnegan-Hosey does something the Church has had difficulty doing regarding mental illness; he opens up the blinds and he lets the light in. David's story is compelling, his voice clear, his insight profound, and his subject matter critical. A book like this is long overdue, both in and outside the Church. It will save lives.”
—John Pavolvitz, author of A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community

Christ on the Psych Ward is filled with wisdom and insight mined from the author's personal struggle and recovery, and we are the beneficiaries of this generous, authentic, and in-depth account of the power of hope in Christ to carry us through our deepest struggles.”
—Sarah Griffith Lund, author of Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family, and Church 

“This book is a gem.”
—Rev. Professor John Swinton, Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

“David Finnegan-Hosey does not offer pious platitudes or easy answers but authentic Christian hope in the face of illnesses that affect nearly every Church, family, and organization today.”
—Rev. David W. Peters, author of Post-Traumatic God: How the Church Cares for People Who Have Been to Hell and Back

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