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A Quiet Mind to Suffer With: Mental Illness, Trauma, and the Death of Christ

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Suffering has been made holy by Christ’s proximity to it

This is the story of Christ’s nearness to my own suffering—my mental breakdown, my journey to the psych ward, my long, slow, painful recovery—and how Christ will use even our agony and despair to turn us into servants and guests of the mercy offered in his gospel.

We cannot answer suffering. And yet suffering demands an answer. If Jesus is the answer to suffering, what kind of answer is Jesus? Everything that could be taken from a person was taken from him. The worst things a person could be made to see and feel were seen and felt by Christ.

All of this came to a point in the nails driven into his hands and became a word that cannot be unspoken—his body broken and his blood poured out for us. Suffering has been made holy by Christ’s proximity to it.

Praise for A Quiet Mind to Suffer With

While the faithful will appreciate Bryant’s efforts to explore a nuanced relationship between mental illness and faith, what stands out the most are his painfully visceral descriptions of mental suffering … rendered with an unsparing honesty that jumps off the page.

—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

This is a stunning book, so rare and so beautiful. I cannot recommend it highly enough. John Bryant does two things that are very hard to do at the same time. He represents the raw agony and disorientation of healing from OCD. And he puts this struggle within a hopeful theological frame. I cried a lot during this book. It will encourage those who suffer and help others to understand the struggle. The book is honest, vulnerable, gripping, and hopeful at the same time. Read this book.

—Matthew A. LaPine, director of Christian education at Citylight Church in Omaha, NE; author of The Logic of the Body

John Bryant has chosen to be both fully transparent about his struggles with mental illness and also address the challenges theologically in a way that is utterly transparent, in the open for all to see and with a sensitivity that will encourage all who read A Quiet Mind to Suffer With. This book will make you weep, enlarge your empathy, and, Lord willing, instill a compassion in you for the mentally ill. Please do not merely read this text but understand it as an invitation into the wounds of Christ that gives meaning to all suffering.

—Greg Peters, Biola University and Nashotah House Theological Seminary; author of Monkhood of All Believers

Our lives are not tidy nor are our personal stories always a cheery ‘upward and onward’ narrative. Instead, we often face deep valleys with frightening darkness and endless unknowns. John A. Bryant’s book is not ‘tidy’ either, but because of his experience with and honesty about mental illness and trauma, we can learn from him; more importantly, because he points us to Christ crucified, we have more than a story, we have hope.

—Kelly M. Kapic, author of You’re Only Human and Embodied Hope

This book is oxygen for those desperate for air. John’s ability to share his own pain and trauma in a way that reveals the Savior who bears our trauma is a much-needed witness for Christians who suffer in silence.

—Caleb Musselman, pastor of Soma Church, Beaver Falls, PA

  • Foreword by Kathryn Greene-McCreight
  • We Proclaim the Mystery of Our Faith: The Word, the Way, and the Amen
    • Word and Understanding
    • Way and Intention
    • Amen and Expectation
  • Christ Has Died: Out of the Realm of Ceaseless Cognition
    • Growing Up and Getting Worse
    • Entering the Psych Ward
    • Leaving the Psych Ward
  • Christ Is Risen: In the Wilderness of History and Affliction
    • The Wrong Expectation
    • The Ordinary Life
    • The Swimming
  • Christ Will Come Again: At the Table With the Howling Boy
    • The Bike
    • The Cabin
    • The Beach
  • Title: A Quiet Mind to Suffer With: Mental Illness, Trauma, and the Death of Christ
  • Author: John Andrew Bryant
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Pages: 312
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 5.25x8
  • ISBN: 9781683597049

John Andrew Bryant is a caregiver, writer, and part-time street pastor in a small steel town outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife, Becca.


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