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Suicide & Spirituality: A review of something unexpected

Please note, the book featured in this review discusses sensitive material.

In I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die, Sarah J. Robinson offers readers an honest, perspective on wrestling with mental health challenges when you’re a person of faith. Specifically, she shares her experiences as someone who has dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts.

I’m thankful that Robinson discusses medication and therapy in a positive light. In certain religious circles, when mental health issues arise, people like to tell others to “pray on it”—and nothing more. Yet believing in God doesn’t always seem like enough to ease a person’s pain. Not when human beings need solutions for the challenges in our very real, very human lives. As someone who believes in God, I also believe that He provided human beings with the ability to produce mental health supports such as qualified therapists and medication. We have every right to pursue them when necessary.

I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die was somewhat painful for me to read. But it was also quite beautiful. Above all, I’m thankful for the fact that it takes a thoughtful approach to mental health challenges. People in the church who are and are not affected by these issues should definitely give it a read.

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