ISBN-13: 978-0800696511

Many Forms of Madness: A Family’s Struggle With Mental Illness and the Mental Health System Paperback – January 1, 2010

by Rosemary Radford Ruether (Author)

“In this memoir of her family, Rosemary Ruether brings together her astute observations as a parent and her unrivaled skill as a social critic to understand the reality of mental illness in U.S. society. Her son, David, is not unlike millions of other persons who face the internal agony of mental illness and the layers of oppression facing those with disabilities. This book is must reading for both health care workers and church leaders who care about the health of individuals and justice in society.” –James Newton Poling, Professor of Pastoral theology, Care, and Counseling at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“Ruether’s straightforward telling of her family’s struggle with mental illness is both memoir and manifesto. Reading her words, interwoven with those of her son, will increase your respect for how a family actually lives when one of its members has a mental illness. But as her readers have come to expect, in Rosemary Ruether’s hands, the story also reveals that adequate care for families struggling with mental illness is a justice issue barely recognized but possible to address. This book leads us toward a vision of a better future.” –Kathleen Greider, Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling Claremont School of Theology

“Many Forms of Madness is an intriguing, gripping account of personal and family pain around a loved one’s need and the society’s failure to provide help. This is a must read for persons and families dealing with the mental health system and for pastoral/spiritual caregivers caring for them. This work gives a candid view of the ways in which these needs are not adequately being met and suggests ways in which changes could be made to improve care.” –Teresa E. Snoron, Executive Director, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.