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Grace Is a Pre-existing Condition: Faith, Systems, and Mental Healthcare
by David Finnegan-Hosey
Reviewed by Milton Brasher-Cunningham

Winter 2020

As the conversations around mental health continue in this country, we are coming to a greater understanding of the association between spirituality and mental well-being. Church Publishing author David Finnegan-Hosey tackles the subject in his upcoming book, Grace Is a Pre-existing Condition: Faith, Systems, and Mental Healthcare.

David is a Christian minister who lives with bipolar disorder and offers a fresh theological slant to how we look at mental health. He writes this:

“When I name grace as a pre-existing condition, what I mean is that grace is the original state of creation, the foundational reality on which our existence is presupposed and from which it arises…When we refuse to listen to people who are sick and suffering, people struggling with cancer or mental illness or diabetes or chronic pain, people who have been targeted by violence or abuse or oppression, we block grace. When we shut down our inherent capacity for empathy and connection, see people as problems to be solved, sickness as personal failure, suffering as moral inferiority, we block grace.”

“People are not problems. Sickness is not failure. Suffering is not immorality. When we cut off grace—when we purposefully block the pre-existing rhythms of creation and compassion—that is a problem. That is a failure. That is immorality. That is sin. Choosing to hurt people, to reject people’s stories, to refuse care for people is a choice. We do that. But we don’t have to. We can make different choices. We were made for love, for empathy, for connection, for the sharing of stories because grace came first. Grace is a pre-existing condition.”

The book will be available in February, 2020.

Please note that 100% of the profits on pre-ordered books will be donated to, an organization that works to forgive medical debt for those who are unable to pay.

Pre-order your copy at Church Publishing.