We live in an age uniquely attentive to the problem of mental illness. More than half of us will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in our lifetime. It has been easy, for centuries, to relegate persistent emotional and mental struggles entirely to the realm of a failed personal work ethic (“Just don’t worry so much!”), not enough faith (“Just pray harder!”), or, in recent years, a chemical imbalance in our brains (“Just take this pill!”). Yet, for those of us who live with mental illness, none of these suggestions provides the quick relief it promises, and the continued struggle takes its toll on our already burdened hearts and minds.
In All Who Are Weary, Emmy Kegler joins the reader on the long walk of reflection, understanding, and compassion, calling followers of Jesus back to ancient practices of lament, vulnerability, honesty, community, and hope. This book is not a map to a cure, nor a perfectly restorative prayer. Written with a wide community in mind–patients, but also parents and partners, coworkers and friends, pastors and therapists, and the whole church–All Who Are Weary points to the embodied grace known in Jesus, trusting in the promise of a lighter load for all.