For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Amy Simpson.
Amy Simpson is editor of Christianity Today's Gifted for Leadership and author of numerous resources for Christian ministry. Her latest book is Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission (InterVarsity Press). You can find her at AmySimpsonOnline.com and on Twitter: @aresimpson.
Today we chat with Amy about the difficult subject of mental illness and the Church's response:
What prompted you to write about and study mental illness in the church?
My family was affected by mental illness. My mother has schizophrenia, which had a profound effect on our family, especially when I was a young teenager. Like many other families, we stayed pretty quiet about what we were experiencing, and we didn't receive the support we needed from the church. My dad was a pastor for 10 years, and after that we were involved laypeople. But many people didn't know what was happening. And the church leaders who ...1