Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness

Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness

by Virginia Pillars


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942934745
Publisher: Familius
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 637,249
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Virginia Pillars has owned and operated a business since 1994. She volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness organization as an instructor for the Family to Family educational program and leads support groups. Certified in First Aid for Mental Health, she speaks on mental illness, operating a small business, and quilting for organizations, workshops, and faith retreats. She’s had two pieces published in devotionals, four essays in various anthologies, including two in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and other works of nonfiction. Virginia, a mother of four adult children, lives on an Iowa farm with her husband.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Something’s Wrong

Chapter 2: No Help at All

Chapter 3: It’s All About Amber

Chapter 4: Cameras

Chapter 5: Home for Christmas

Chapter 6: Merry Christmas?

Chapter 7: Help

Chapter 8: Now Is the Time

Chapter 9: What Next?

Chapter 10: It’s Not working

Chapter 11: The Transfer

Chapter 12: Thanks for nothing

Chapter 13: Home Work

Chapter 14: Night Watchmom

Chapter 15: More Family Problems

Chapter 16: Four Years Later

Chapter 17: Ten Years Later


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Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
An engaging account of one family's heart-wrenching struggles, and the hope that saw them through. I appreciate having new insight into schizophrenia, an illness I knew next to nothing about. This well-written book is both brave and inspiring.
GentleJourneyAuthor More than 1 year ago
Broken Brain, Fortified Faith by Virginia Pillars is the most absorbing book I have read all year. It is a true account of the rough road to accurate diagnosis and medical treatment of an independent college student who develops schizophrenia, but it reads like an exciting investigative mystery novel. The student, “Amber”, a name given to protect the young lady’s privacy, is fortunate to have been born into a family of faith and friends, because it took all the family, friends and faith she could use to navigate the mental health system. Amazingly, Amber, with the monumental help of her advocate mother, eventually does manage to achieve a successful plane of independent living again, though it takes many years. Written in the mother’s POV, Pillars is delightfully revealing about her reactions and chaotic emotions to the repercussions of her daughter’s illness upon the extended family, and then the coldness of some of the professionals, and the horror of side effect reactions to medication encountered. When it becomes obvious how important it will be to document events for her daughter’s healthcare, Pillars’ husband suggests she keep a comprehensive journal. Details from this journal provide the descriptive information for the story and make this book a must read for anyone involved in the mental health care of self or a loved one. In moments of peace, Pillars’ faith sustains her as she adopts an attitude of gratitude, thanking The Creator for the gift of all the great advice and concrete help from friends and family He sends her way. She knows the Lord intimately enough to lean on Him with petitions for increased knowledge and wisdom as she tackles the mountains of paperwork required to reduce Amber’s debts for medical, hospital, apartment, student loans, etc. Only a loving mother would attempt the overwhelming tour-de-force Pillars engages in for the sake of her suffering child. When all looks the bleakest, Pillars clutches to her heart the hints of recovery that peek through. Hope sustains and victory prevails in this vastly readable true account.