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by Craig Rennebohm

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This is a beautiful, sensitive book about mentally ill homeless people. Rennebohm tells his own story of mental illness, and the stories of several people he has encountered and come to know in his ministry to Seattle's homeless folks. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
Wonderful read by a pastor/pastoral therapist - chaplain in Seattle as he grows in understanding the unnoticed of society - the homeless. Each chapter describes a different person on the streets and highlights their path to wholeness. Makes me want to leave parish ministry and hit the street chaplaincy! ( )
  disneypope | Sep 16, 2010 |
NCLA Review - Having experienced clinical depression during college, the author was drawn to develop a unique ministry serving mentally ill and homeless people on the streets of Seattle . He movingly describes brokenness of the brain through stories of mentally disturbed people whose lives he touched. He illustrates how God “fully embraces all that we are, including all that is broken and flawed in us,” and stresses his belief that “the love of God, active in the Spirit,” and “in company with others” has created an “eternal, unbreakable relationship with us.” He emphasizes that companionship is essential to healing, and leads to “the building of circles of care.” He describes not only healing through his Mental Health Chaplaincy, but also gives examples of other communities involved in the care of the mentally ill—“caring for the soul of the world.” The final chapter, “Words Are Medicine, Too,” suggests ways in which all people can contribute to soul care and healing, not only for others, but for themselves. Rating: 4 —MN . 224p, Beacon 2008, $23.95 [242] ( )
  ncla | Feb 22, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807000426, Hardcover)

Since 1987, Craig Rennebohm has ministered to people on the streets of Seattle who are homeless and struggling with mental illness. In Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, he tells the evocative stories of persons who desperately need psychiatric, psychological, and spiritual support-like Mary, who surrounds herself with huge trash bags for protection from a threatening world; Jerry, whose fits of rage get him barred from every shelter and meal program in Seattle; and others, abandoned and marginalized by their community, who need care and treatment to find their way back to a life of stability and meaning. As Rennebohm reaches out to each one, their stories become parables that explore mental illness and the spiritual heart of care and recovery, helping us understand what it means to be human, on a pilgrimage together toward wholeness.

As these stories unfold, we encounter Rennebohm's powerful experiences with a God of kindness and compassion, drawn from his own life and the lives of those he has aided in their struggles with homelessness and with mental illness. Souls in the Hands of a Tender God offers a clear understanding of Spirit, faith, soul, and religion that will prove invaluable to individual conversations and to dialogue among congregations about how we can best serve "the least among us."

Souls in the Hands of a Tender God follows the path of healing and the way of companionship to build communities of caring that welcome and include our most fragile and troubled neighbors. With gentleness and grace, solid knowledge and wisdom, Rennebohm lays down the foundations of healing communities in which all may have a home, safely rest, and be well.

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Since 1987, Craig Rennebohm has ministered to people who are homeless and struggling with mental illness. In Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, he tells the evocative stories of those who desperately need psychiatric, psychological, and spiritual support, like Mary, who surrounds herself with bulging trash bags, and Jerry, barred from every shelter and meal program in Seattle. With gentleness and grace, solid knowledge and wisdom, Rennebohm reaches out to each of them, and their stories become parables that explore mental illness and the spiritual heart of care and recovery.… (more)

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2 editions of this book were published by Beacon Press.

Editions: 0807000426, 0807000434

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