Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman's Journey with Depression and Faith

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman's Journey with Depression and Faith

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Bipolar Faith: A Black Womans Journey with Depression and Faith. By Monica A. Coleman. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2016. xix + 350 pp. $26.99 (paper).

This powerful book should be read by everyone. Bipolar Faith is both a spiritual autobiography and a memoir of mental illness where Monica A. Coleman shows that all of us have a journey in Christ. Throughout the book she examines slavery, war, poverty, sharecropping, and mental illness in ways that speak to all people, and to the African American community in particular. Coleman demonstrates to persons of color and those with mental illnesses that their experiences and faith are valid, and that their voices need to be heard. The book speaks to a range of contemporary issues-racism, sexism, and the power of love and community to offer healing. Coleman s narrative also resonates poignantly with the victims of rape. This reviewer appreciated Colemans way of "dancing" through the emotional and spiritual trauma caused by rape in order to transform into a new reality. "The dance did for me what years of ministry, church, and Bible reading did not. …

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