In an age where the term ‘mental health’ has often come to refer to ‘mental ill-health’, is there any good news that speaks to our modern malaise? Is wellbeing possible in a broken world? Inner.Life’s eleven Bible studies put these topics into the context of the Bible’s big story, from creation to new creation. Designed to facilitate honest and open discussion, each study features a true and raw life story, discussion questions and further reflections.
Focused on heart engagement rather than just head knowledge, this resource equips you to take your group deep into the story of the gospel, while keeping them grounded in real life stories and practical applications. The last in the .Life series (joining Work.Life and Sex.Life), Inner.Life was produced by the Navigators, who have over 60 years’ experience of whole-life disciple making in the UK, and its author has extensive experience in helping university students wrestle with this key topic.
With a striking design and homework tasks to help people engage with the issues throughout the week, Inner.Life invites people – whatever their beliefs or mental state – to a new way of life that can change minds, hearts and habits.
There is little written on the biblical understanding of wellbeing; the ability to live well in all circumstances. The author usefully disentangles mental health and wellbeing, then offers an imaginative approach to make a theological discussion of wellbeing come to life by incorporating stories of those facing mental health challenges. We all face adversities, including mental health challenges, and this discussion guide provides a helpful discipleship tool for all Christians seeking to live well, whatever difficulties they may face.
Revd Dr Michele Hampson
Honorary consultant psychiatrist and Anglican priest
This series of Bible studies, containing real life stories and insightful questions, helps us, whatever our state of mental health, to understand wholeness and health that is rooted in God. It should be high on the reading list for anyone involved in pastoral care, and for anyone who suffers from mental ill health.”
Dr Jonathan Haynes
Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Director 2gether NHSFT, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer for University of Bristol