Published on March 8, 2019 by Joshua R Monroe

P&R, 2019 | 368 pages

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When a son, sister or grandchild begins behaving in unexpected and disturbing ways, family members hope it may simply be a phase. For some, it is instead a lifetime illness – schizophrenia – which can bring shock, fear, and worry to everyone involved. In the midst of the numerous challenges, hope doesn’t have to die.


From the Introduction:

This is not a ‘how-to’ book. In fact, it might very well be a ‘how-not-to’ book.
Caring for someone with mental illness is always difficult. I venture to say this is particularly true when your loved one has schizophrenia, because the person you have known for so long is often gone, and you are left with a stranger no one has taught you how to understand and love.
With this book, I am hoping to encourage other parents and relatives of people living with schizophrenia and possibly with other mental illnesses—regardless of their religious convictions—as they keep reading, finding resources, and seeking help.


About the Author

Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. She worked first as an elementary school teacher and then as a home-schooling mother for many years. The author of a number of books, including the award-winning series Christian Biographies for Young Readers, she writes a regular column, “Cloud of Witnesses,” for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, has contributed to newspapers and magazines around the world, and has translated the works of several authors from English into Italian and vice versa. She lives in San Diego with her family, where she is a member and Sunday school teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.



Richard Winter, Psychotherapist; Professor Emeritus of Applied Theology and Counseling, Covenant Theological Seminary:

By far the best book I have encountered . . . on a controversial topic. A great resource for families, students, and professionals.

David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; Author, Christians Get Depressed Too:

The most honest and deeply moving Christian book I’ve read in a long time. . . . Opens the door of hope and help for other families by sharing . . . hard-won knowledge and resources.

Brooke Ventura, Assistant Editor, Modern Reformation:

The most inspiring story I’ve ever read. . . . A story of how God’s grace and love really can and do sustain his people.

Jonathan Aitken, Former UK Cabinet Minister; Author, John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace:

Carr writes powerfully and movingly. . . . This book is an essential resource and guide for anyone living with or around schizophrenia.

Mark Stephenson, Director of Disability Concerns, Christian Reformed Church in North America:

Parents . . . will find a fellow traveler who tells her story and provides wisdom and even hope that God is faithful in the darkest circumstances.

Buy the books

Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them: Schizophrenia through a Mother's Eyes

P&R, 2019 | 368 pages

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