Preventing Suicide: A Book Review

“Religion protects against suicide.” –Karen Mason, Preventing Suicide At the heart of the Christian gospel is the promise of peace and joy: peace in our redemption from sin and reconciliation with a Creator Who loves us; joy in the promise of an eternal and restored life to come. It is a gospel of hope and [Read More…]

Unstoppable: A Book Review

“Friday Night Lights” is hands down my favorite television show ever. I love everything about it: the characters, the story line, the music, the football, (Tami Taylor’s hair), and of course the wonderful and rare values of faith and family that it promotes. I started watching “FNL” because one of my best friends kept talking [Read More…]

Providing Hope and Preventing Suicide

by Anna Quinn Karen Mason’s Preventing Suicide arrived in my mail box the day before the call came that a friend’s husband had ended his life, so it was hard, but helpful, to read it. It provides a comprehensive overview of suicide prevention and integrates psychology with faith. Its essential theme, that faith is applicable [Read More…]

Colliding with Destiny by Sarah Jakes: A Book Review

Colliding with Destiny: Finding Hope in the Legacy of Ruth, written by Sarah Jakes (daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes), is a devotional centered on the story of Ruth designed to inspire women facing discouragement to have greater strength and faith while they await their moment of “collision” with the destiny God has planned for them. [Read More…]

Reviving the Congregation: A Book Review

As has become popular among writers of contemporary Christian non-fiction, Pastor Michael W. Foss assumes the rapid degeneration of the American church as a starting point for his latest book, Reviving the Congregation: Pastoral Leadership in a Changing Context. While I have written in the past about why such an assumption often reflects a simplistic [Read More…]

The Sacred Year: A Book Review

I began reading The Sacred Year the way I begin reading most books: on the treadmill. So my first observations about Michael Yankoski’s new work were important ones: specifically, that it is heavy and thick. Meaning this would need to be a speed-walk read (in which I hold the book in my hand while walking) [Read More…]

Sobering Stats on Suicide

This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring a new resource for religious leaders on suicide preparedness called Preventing Suicide: A Guidebook for Pastors, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors. Author Karen Mason is an associate professor of counseling and psychology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a psychologist working in the mental health field since 1990. Suicide is [Read More…]