Grace for the Afflicted : A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness

Author(s): Matthew S. Stanford

Mental Health

Grace for the Afflicted

  • bipolar disorders
  • trauma- and stressor-related disorders
  • dementia
  • cerebrovascular accidents (stroke)
  • traumatic brain injury
  • suicide
  • a holistic approach to recovery
  • mental health and the church

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Matthew Stanford (PhD, Baylor University) is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, Texas, and he teaches in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine and the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. He is the author of Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness and The Biology of Sin: Hope and Healing for Those Who Feel Trapped.


Stanford is the cofounder and served as the executive director of the Grace Alliance, a faith-based, non-profit mental health organization that provides services and support to individuals living with serious mental illness and their families. An international speaker, his research on the interplay between psychology and faith has been featured in publications including The New York Times, USA Today, and Christianity Today, as well as websites such as Fox, MSNBC, Yahoo, and US News & World Report.


Stanford is a member of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, where he is the author of over one hundred peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family and Community Ministries and Behavioral Sciences and the Law, and is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Mental Health Advisory Group, and the American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Institute Advisory Council.


He and his wife, Julie, have four children and reside in Houston, Texas. 

Section 1: Psychology, Psychiatry, and Faith


1 Fearfully and Wonderfully Made


2 The Adversary


3 The Secular and the Sacred


4 A Cake of Figs


Section 2: Mental Disorders


5 A Lost Mind: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders


6 Tormented: Bipolar and Related Disorders


7 In the Valley of Darkness: Depressive Disorders


8 Overwhelmed: Anxiety Disorders


9 Broken and Crushed: Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders


10 Distressed and Destructive: Personality Disorders


Section 3: Neurological Disorders


11 Stricken in Years: Dementia


12 Struck Down by Violence: Cerebrovascular Accidents


13 The Golden Bowl: Traumatic Brain Injury


Section 4: Caring for Those Who Are Suffering


14 A Fatal Decision: Suicide


15 A Holistic Approach to Recovery


16 Mental Illness and the Church

General Fields

  • : 9780830845071
  • : InterVarsity Press
  • : IVP Books
  • : September 2017
  • : December 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Matthew S. Stanford
  • : Paperback
  • : 256