St. Dymphna’s Playbook A Catholic Guide to Finding Mental and Emotional Well-Being by Tommy Tighe

 St Dymphna, an Irish princess in the 7th century, fled from her father, and settled in Belgium where she cared for people with mental illnesses, even though there was a huge stigma attached to them. This stigma still exists, unfortunately, especially amongst religious people. Tommy Tighe, a clinical psychologist, follows in her footsteps, and wants to give people Catholic guidance in dealing with mental and emotional problems.

I thought at first that this book was only for those dealing with heavy emotional trauma. Tommy Tighe shares his own tragic story, and provides guidance for those suffering from depression and numbness. However, there is a chapter for almost every emotional problem in this book, including loneliness and resentment. Tighe offers practical tips for handling these states of mind, and he shares stories of saints who also suffered from them, and helpful Biblical stories and prayers. There are summaries at the end of each chapter.

This is a book that almost anyone can turn to again and again when they are suffering, and need direction.

I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.


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