Evangelical Anxiety: A Memoir


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6.24 X 9.26 X 0.94 inches | 0.89 pounds

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About the Author

Charles Marsh is the author of Evangelical Anxiety: A Memoir (2022) and Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Promise of His Theology and Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which won the 2015 Christianity Today Book Award in History/Biography and was shortlisted for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography. Marsh teaches in the department of religious studies at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Marsh probes the realms of piety and mental health with engrossing prose and naked honesty, showing us how the sacred can be found in literature and on the therapist's couch. Anyone curious about a better way to navigate mental health and belief will find hope and inspiration in this book. -- Jemar Tisby, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of The Color of Compromise and How to Fight Racism

"A faith memoir that proves religion is not the business of pious devotion but unbridled desire. Marsh stalks this unruly passion to the knife's edge of mental exhaustion and breakdown. A harrowing book but, weirdly and wonderfully, also a hoot. I kept laughing aloud--and then sighing. A remarkable achievement." -- Patricia Hampl, author of The Art of the Wasted Day and The Florist's Daughter

"This is a bold, beautiful memoir, at once transgressive and faithful. Marsh embodies a theology with the courage to tackle the taboo, including depression and desire, in prose that is evocative and seductive. In the end, we learn that the most astounding grace is found in the God we can tell our secrets." -- James K.A. Smith, Calvin University, editor in chief, Image, author of You Are What You Love and On the Road with Saint Augustine

In this beautifully choreographed memoir, Charles Marsh's lyrical prose dances as he recounts a tormenting anxiety disorder. Eventually he finds solace through years of a masterfully-described psychoanalysis (later supplemented with a bit of Prozac). Evangelical Anxiety is a courageous memoir where Christianity and psychoanalysis --worlds that rarely converge--interweave. -- Dinah Miller MD, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and author of Shrink Rap: Psychiatrists Explain Their Work

"Marsh challenges the church to reckon with the mental health of the faithful, to be more open and accepting of how many of us struggle. Through gripping and honest storytelling, Marsh reveals the ways in which therapy can be a form of prayer." -- W. Ralph Eubanks, author of A Place Like Mississippi

"Examines Christianity's fraught relationship to the erotic, and how Marsh suffered under religion's often impossible precepts. From the kudzu-strangled landscapes of his Deep South childhood to the spiritual salve of literary novels to the theological integrity of psychoanalysis, Evangelical Anxiety is as transgressive as it is vibrant." -- Darcey Steinke, author of Flash Count Diary

This reads like balm. Marsh seamlessly twines profound theological insights with his own story of mental breakdown and psychotherapy, which he comes to see as an incarnational practice: word-made-flesh as a trajectory to wholeness. An achingly intelligent, beautifully written memoir, essential reading for anyone wrestling with the specious sacred/secular divide." -- Jamie Quatro, author of Fire Sermon and I Want To Show You More

"Dark and sometimes bawdy humor enlivens the proceedings, making for an endearing and rewardingly unusual account of mental illness and faith. This candid and funny volume hits the mark." -- Publishers Weekly