Bipolar Faith feature in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jennifer Frayer-Griggs wrote a great feature in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bipolar Faith is graceful and heartbreaking

“You can die of grief.” This is the first sentence of the Rev. Monica A. Coleman’s memoir, “Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey With Depression and Faith.” And with that first sentence, Ms. Coleman knits together her experiences of family history, the legacy of the horrors of slavery and the Jim Crow South, and the thread of emotional brokenness that has been woven through her entire family, seen most clearly through the suicide of her great-grandfather.

Through her graceful and heartbreaking descriptions of broken relationships, healing relationships, depression and trauma, Ms. Coleman tells the stories of her life to show that there is no cheap fix or an easy solution, but leads us through a complex discovery of hope in the pain, healing through the heartache, and strength in vulnerability.

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Book Monica A. Coleman to speak at your event.

Monica speaks with heart and vulnerability as she discusses some of the most challenging issues of our day. She speaks out on issues that churches and society often keep silent: mental health, sexual and domestic violence and religious diversity. In the pulpit, she offers a refreshing view of how scripture leads us to community and social action. In academic lectures, she blends her knowledge of religion, cultural studies and literature with social issues to offer new visions of faith. In every setting, she shows audiences how our faith can free us to be more and more of who and how God calls us to be.

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Book Monica A. Coleman to speak at your event.

Monica speaks with heart and vulnerability as she discusses some of the most challenging issues of our day. She speaks out on issues that churches and society often keep silent: mental health, sexual and domestic violence and religious diversity. In the pulpit, she offers a refreshing view of how scripture leads us to community and social action. In academic lectures, she blends her knowledge of religion, cultural studies and literature with social issues to offer new visions of faith. In every setting, she shows audiences how our faith can free us to be more and more of who and how God calls us to be.

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