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Broken Brain, Fortified Faith

Broken Brain, Fortified Faith
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Virginia Pillars

Broken Brain, Fortified Faith

Lessons of hope through a child’s mental illness

Virginia Pillars


The terms "mental illness” and “mental health” are often used casually, but many don’t believe mental illness is relevant to their lives. However, studies show that more people live with mental illness than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined. Broken Brain, Fortified Faith is the story of one family’s journey through schizophrenia, navigating the uncharted waters of mental illness to find help for their daughter, Amber, and support for their family. This memoir is an honest look at the stress, anger, education, and finally, hope experienced through the eyes of a mother. Along the way, she questions her trust in God as their family encounters setbacks, inadequate treatments, and additional family health crises, but with the help of trusted family, friends, education, and support groups, author Virginia Pillars learns to rely on her faith as she faces the challenges that often accompany mental illness.

Virginia Pillars has owned and operated a business since 1994. She volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness organization as an instructor for the Family to Family educational program and leads support groups. Certified in First Aid for Mental Health, she speaks on mental illness, operating a small business, and quilting for organizations, workshops, and faith retreats. She's had two pieces published in devotionals, four essays in various anthologies, including two in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and other works of nonfiction. Virginia, a mother of four adult children, lives on an Iowa farm with her husband.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 229 x 152 mm | 296 Pages | 


Mindfood, September 2016

"Research proves that more people live with mental illness than those who suffer from heart, lung and other diseases combined. This memoir is a mother's account of her daughter's schizophrenia...(a) heartfelt narrative." - Click here to read. 


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