The story starts when Faith McDonald’s son Matt begins college. Instead of attending classes and learning to thrive, he flounders and fails. His life becomes a series of arrests and reckless, self-destructive acts.
In the wake of his bewildering behavior, Faith worries. She longs for her son to thrive. She aches, prays, and wonders how to intervene.
As Faith watches her beloved son self-destruct, she grapples with challenges that will resonate with readers: I feel helpless. I don’t know where to get the help I need. I’m embarrassed that we need help like this. I’m angry with my son. I feel furious with my husband—can’t he cope more competently? I’m worried that our family will fall apart. I feel misunderstood by my church friends and pastors.
When anxiety disorder and depression masked by substance abuse threaten to destroy Matt’s life, Faith learns to keep faith and family. In this book, she opens her heart and shares personal insights. She says that when life seems like a series of heart-wrenching disappointments, God is powerfully present.
Faith shares what she learned to encourage anyone who loves someone who battles mental illness.
This story helps readers
- find comfort—they don’t face the journey alone.
- persist in seeking professional help for loved ones.
- find courage to endure the dark days of their loved one’s illness.
- stop blaming themselves or others for the dark days.
- share their stories to fight stigma and shame.