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

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

by Monica A. Coleman

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Monica A. Coleman’s great-grandfather asked his two young sons to lift him up and pull out the chair when he hanged himself, and that noose stayed in the family shed for years. The rope was the violent instrument, but it was mental anguish that killed him. Now, in gripping fashion, Coleman examines the ways that the legacies of slavery, war, sharecropping, poverty, and alcoholism mask a family history of mental illness. Those same forces accompanied her into the black religious traditions and Christian ministry. All the while, she wrestled with her own bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Faith is both a spiritual autobiography and a memoir of mental illness. In this powerful book, Monica Coleman shares her life-long dance with trauma, depression, and the threat of death. Citing serendipitous encounters with black intellectuals like Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Angela Davis, and Renita Weems, Coleman offers a rare account of how the modulated highs of bipolar II can lead to professional success, while hiding a depression that even her doctors rarely believed. Only as she was able to face her illness was she able to live faithfully with bipolar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506408606
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 487,362
File size: 828 KB

About the Author

Monica A. Coleman teaches theology and African American religions at Claremont School of Theology, where she also codirects the Center for Process Studies. Her writings cover womanist theology, sexual abuse, and the African American experience. She is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church a sought-after speaker and preacher.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Steal Away to Jesus: Died of Grief xv

Part I Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

1 Grandma 3

2 Middle Place 23

3 The Mask 39

4 Faith in God 55

Part II Every Time I Feel the Spirit

5 Invisible 71

6 Anointing 91

7 Calling 103

Part III Wade in the Water

8 Rape 123

9 Day by Day 127

10 Looking for Hope 149

11 Good Day, Bad Day 161

12 Silence 177

13 Dinah Project 189

14 The Dance 207

15 When I Die 219

Part IV No More Auction Block

16 Life of the Mind 245

17 Razor 257

18 Diagnosis 271

19 Revelations 287

20 Wilderness 301

21 Fated 317

22 Free 329

Lyric Credits 344

Acknowledgments 346

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