Dutiful Love: Empowering Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness

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5.98 X 8.9 X 0.71 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty is an ordained Presbyterian pastor, professor, and chair of the theology department at Bellarmine University. She is the author of three previous books: The Problem of Wealth: A Christian Response to a Culture of Affluence (2017), Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians (2014), and Beyond the Social Maze: Exploring Vida Dutton Scudder's Theological Ethics (2006).


"Every so often a scholar writes a book that has the potential to reshape an academic discipline or at least establish an important new research area or subfield. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty has done that with this breakthrough Christian ethical engagement with the neglected issue of mental illness. This work . . . tackles a serious human problem involving profound suffering and injustice, attends to the voices of those most affected, diagnoses societal shortfalls that worsen the problem unnecessarily, brings serious biblical and theological reflection to bear in order to change our moral vision, and offers examples of a path forward for Christian communities." --David P. Gushee, Mercer University

"Hinson-Hasty gifts us with a groundbreaking liberation theology for mental health disabilities that speaks the unspeakable: how serious mental illness impacts all of us, including those living with serious mental illness and their loved ones. This book empowers us to create communities of belonging and to advocate for social change for disabilities and mental health justice." --Sarah Lund, MSW, author of Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family, and the Church.

"Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty has written a book that is a superb example of theology that is theoretically and pastorally grounded. She has given us a blueprint of practices for Christians to adopt in order to give such persons their due, nothing less than their being integral members of their churches and communities." --Ramon Luzarraga, St. Martin's University

"In this perceptive study, Professor Hinson-Hasty recounts the sobering, often sordid, history of social and religious responses to persons with physical and mental disabilities. She then moves beyond that to give voice to individuals and families who confront those realities every day, and concludes by calling all of us to nurture and participate in 'communities of caring, ' offering creative, insightful ways to do just that." --Candyce C. Leonard, Professor Emerita, and Bill J. Leonard, Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Wake Forest University

"Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty has done something truly remarkable for the field of Christian ethics in this book. Not only has she conducted rigorous research and provided thoughtful analysis, she also offers a variety of resources to move her intellectual work into the lived experiences of faith communities. This work fills a gap, one known all too well by those of us like her who have siblings with serious mental health conditions." --Trace Haythorn, ACPE Executive Director