“Our questions about how these kinds of things can happen, even when you pray every day, and ask God very nicely could nothing bad please happen, thank you, went largely unanswered …”
God, You Can Take My Mental Illness – Just Not The Part Where You Speak To Me is a collection of raw, honest and refreshingly real essays on faith, family, cancer, addiction, mental illness, rehab, marriage and Christianity. You know … just the usual stuff.
People say …
“Jo Hilder is the kind of person you want by your side through life’s bumps and tumbles. But if we can’t have her next to us, at least we get her on the page, where her humanity displayed is a friend listening to our most shameful stories, judging nothing, because she’s been through it all and come back the other side to hand us all the grace we can’t give ourselves. Do yourself a favor: pick up this book and receive.” Penny Gruener Carothers – Social Justice Editor, Burnside Writers Collective www.burnsidewriters.com
“With haunting and hilarious honesty, Jo Hilder can be as reflective as Henri Nouwen, as bold as Anne Lamott, and as thunderous as fellow Aussies AC/DC. Jo’s inspiring faith journey is truly high voltage.” Bert Montgomery, Writer/teacher/minister, Psychic Pancakes & Communion Pizza, Elvis, Willie, Jesus & Me bertmontgomery.com
“Jo Hilder is a refreshing and authentic writer who draws you into the intimacies of her life. A fantastic read with laugh-out-loud humor scattered throughout, ‘God, You Can Take My Mental Illness’ is a great collection of personal essays. Jo confronts myth after myth of what the Christian life is supposed to look like. Marriage, mental health and alcoholism are themes she visits often, but it is threaded together with faith, hope and love. This book will provide readers reassurance that God is not looking for perfect lives…just honest ones.” Pam Hogeweide, Author, Unladylike: Resisting the Injustice of Inequality in the Church pamhogweide.com
“The only way I know of to develop a writing voice worth sharing is to become a person who has weathered a great storm well. Jo has weathered more than her share and the result is beautiful. Surviving cancer and marital difficulties has left Jo a witty, gritty, and fearless writer. Reading Jo’s work makes me laugh, think, and get angry. She makes me feel, which just might be the greatest gift a writer can share.” Larry Shallenberger, Pastor and Author, Divine Intention: How God’s Work in the Early Church Empowers Us Today. larryshallenberger.com