Looking for a guest to bring hope to those who may be discouraged from fighting the good fight to help a family member through these debilitating diseases? Faith McDonald, author of On the Loving End of Crazy: Finding Hope and Help to Face Your Loved One’s Crippling Anxiety and Depression, is that guest!
This book offers hope and help to those who love someone who faces anxiety disorder and major depression. The story starts when Faith’s son Matt begins college; however, instead of attending classes and learning to thrive, he flounders and fails. His life becomes a series of arrests and reckless, self-destructive acts culminating in a suicide attempt. In the wake of his bewildering behavior, Faith worries that his life will never get back on track. She longs for her son to thrive. She aches, prays, and wonders how to intervene.
As Faith watches her beloved son self-destruct, she grapples with challenges that will resonate with readers:
• I feel helpless.
• I don’t know where to get the help I need.
• I’m embarrassed that we need help like this.
• I’m angry with my son.
• I feel furious with my husband–can’t he cope more competently?
• I’m worried that our family will fall apart.
• I feel misunderstood by my church friends and pastors.
How will Faith keep her namesake and family when anxiety disorder and depression masked by substance abuse threaten to destroy Matt’s life? With statistics in 2016 showing that 33% of college students felt so depressed that they found it difficult to function, and the number of students seeking help for anxiety has soared, it’s difficult to fathom.
However, as your audience journey’s along with Faith, they will learn that when life seems like a series of heart-wrenching disappointments, God is powerfully present. Matt’s journey is harrowing, but with faith, prayer, support of friends, and psychological help, he begins to thrive. Faith shares the essentials she learned to encourage anyone with a loved one who battles mental illness.
This story helps your audience to:
• Find Comfort–they don’t face the journey alone.
• Persist in seeking professional help for their loved ones.
• Find the courage to endure the dark days of the illness of their loved one.
• Stop blaming themselves or others for the dark days.
• Share their stories to fight stigma and shame.
• Ask for support from those around them.
I look forward to hearing your interview interest for Faith McDonald and On the Loving End of Crazy soon.
“Mental illness can shatter even the most loving and secure family. On the Loving End of Crazy offers real help for anyone who knows the experience–and it’s written by someone who has lived it. Faith Tibbetts McDonald writes from the heart and her compelling story will not only inspire, it will help to heal the broken pieces.”
—Les Parrott, PH.D. New York Times bestselling author of The Good Fight
“Faith McDonald is generous with her story, and she invites us into her experience in navigating the heartbreaking challenges of a loved one’s serious mental illness. She points toward a path for finding help, and her relatable story will offer hope to many.”
—Amy Simpson, Author Troubled Minds Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission and Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry
“Faith McDonald’s On the Loving End of Crazy brings an authentic and vulnerable contribution to the mental health conversation. Readers will know they aren’t alone and that help and hope do exist for loved ones with mental illness and their care-givers. Faith writes beautifully, bravely, and honestly, and her story will inspire perseverance and faith for families in need of support for mental illness.”
—Heather Holleman, speaker and author of Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison (Moody)
On the Loving End of Crazy: Finding Hope and Help to Face Your Loved One’s Crippling Anxiety and Depression
By Faith McDonald
• Paperback: 213 pages
• Publisher: Independently published (February 2, 2020)
• Language: English
• ISBN-13: 979-8600318588
Faith likes to write stories and share them to encourage, entertain, connect, and help people learn. She’s written for many magazines and newspapers. One of her favorite articles “I Just Want to be Happy” was published in Today’s Christian Woman magazine and voted readers’ favorite that month. For many years, she wrote a column about family life for newspapers. She followed that writing gig with a blog. She’s currently an assistant teaching professor at Penn State University, she shares communication and writing principles with students in business and technical writing classes. When she’s not writing or reading, she loves to be outside. Faith likes to bike and hike with friends. She hopes and prays that her family’s story of a young adult son’s struggle with anxiety and chronic depression will help your audience members who are in this same place, as they navigate the challenges of loving someone through mental illness. These audience members’ days aren’t easy, but their loving actions are valiant and necessary. The audience members’ loved one can’t face the struggle alone. Faith wishes them courage and hope! You can visit Faith at her website faithmcdonald.com and on Social Media @ IG, FaceBook, and Twitter.
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