The following are Web Site links and descriptions of various resources that concern mental and physical health. We pray that they will help your marriage to become healthier.
Mental and Physical Health Web Sites:
• Christianandaspergermarriage.com Are you a Christian looking for help in navigating your marriage to a person who has high functioning autism, Asperger syndrome, or traits similar to these conditions? Then this is the web site for you. The founder of this web site, Nicole Mar, intends, as a Christian married to someone with these traits, to offer you encouragement and support to enjoy a shared life together. Loving someone on the spectrum can feel lonely, but when you rest in the love of Christ, you will find a relationship with Christ that you did not know was possible. You will feel the presence and support of the Lord to walk through this covenant relationship.
• Focusonthefamily.com This is the web site for the great ministry of Focus on the Family. Just place your cursor over the linked word on the Home Page that says, “Marriage.” A side-bar box will show up. You can then select “Life Challenges” to choose the mental and physical health articles you would like to read.
Also, concerning mental and physical help:
• GriefShare.org is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Thousands of groups meet weekly around the world. Visit or join a group at anytime. And attend as many meetings as you like. There are thousands of Grief Share grief recovery support groups meeting throughout the US, Canada, and in over 10 other countries. Also, you can sign up to receive an encouraging email message every day for a year. These short messages will inspire you and provide practical information as you grieve the loss of your loved one.
• Griefreliefministries.com Have you suffered a loss? David Knapp will walk with you through that experience. That is because he has walked through each of these himself. Grief does not discriminate. Additionally, grief can blindside the youngest to the oldest. As friends and family watched him walk with his second wife through the throes of cancer, many realized that this man does not deny the sorrow. But it will not master him. He shares kindly, intimately and with wisdom not only how to cope in the darkest of days, but also how to go through the process finding relief and into a winning attitude for the next chapter or phase of your life.
• Joniandfriends.org This is a terrific Evangelical Christian ministry that extensively works with people with disabilities and physical health challenges, their families, and churches across the U.S. and around the world.
• LesandLeslie.com Dr Les and Dr Leslie Parrott are a husband-and-wife team who not only share the same name, but the same passion for helping others build healthy relationships. The Parrott’s founded the Center for Relationship Development on the campus of Seattle Pacific University. Their web site has free videos that you can view, which gives relationship advice on many different subjects including “Health.” We highly advise that you visit their web site to see what they can offer you.
• Rehabcenter.net This web site link supplies you with a list of alcohol and drug rehab centers nationwide. The table is broken down into states to make it easier for you to locate the closest facility. They have included information about each facility ranging from rehab services, treatment modalities, insurance coverage, payment options, and contact information. Their directory of drug and alcohol rehabs is one of the most comprehensive online. They also have addiction and rehab counselors that can help assist you in finding the right program. It is most noteworthy that this service is free to you and 100 percent confidential.
Mental and Physical Health Recommended Resources:
• The Anxiety Cure -written by Dr Archibald Hart, published by Thomas Nelson. This book is written from a Christian perspective with proven strategies that will help you to overcome panic disorders and to find emotional tranquility and wholeness. As Dr Hart says, “Your mind and body were designed for camel speed. Your life is moving at the speed of a cheetah. It’s no wonder you’re having anxiety attacks.” In this book you will learn the role between: brain chemistry, physiological responses, and patterns of thinking.
• Adventures In Holy Matrimony: For Better Or The Absolute Worst is written by Julie Anne Fidler, published by Relevant Books. In this book author Julie Anne tells about the painful journey her first years of marriage have been. It’s a marriage that stood on the brink of divorce. Happily though, it remains intact. “But this is no fairy tale.” With her husband having a medical condition that began to affect “his ability to have sex almost immediately after their wedding, and every area of communication broke down for them in their relationship, troubles mounted up. Scott got sicker, jobs were lost. Surgeries were had, bills piled up, and the newlyweds drifted apart. They also struggled with Julie’s bipolar disorder.
As one reviewer said of this book: “ADVENTURES IN HOLY MATRIMONY isn’t your typical ‘rah-rah’ book about marriage. It’s actually a lot more useful (and hopeful) than most of those books. The problems in the Fidler marriage aren’t sanitized or presented in a certain light just so they can be neatly resolved at the end. And because of that, anyone in a less-than-perfect marriage is going to recognize themselves here and take away this message: if Julie and Scott are making it work, my partner and I can too.”
• Becoming a Family that Heals: How to Resolve Past Issues and Free Your Future (a Focus on the Family book) – written by Drs. Beverly and Tom Rogers, published by Tyndale House. This book deals with wounded people becoming whole. It presents the information that wounded people tend to gravitate toward each other. When they establish their own families, they perpetuate those wounds in their offspring. It discusses how families can break those patterns and stop the unwanted legacy of pain. It can be a helpful resource for someone who recognizes this issue in their own family and has a desire to discontinue these behavior patterns.
• Soul-Healing Love is written by Drs. Beverly and Tom Rodgers. It is published by Selah Publishing Group. This book deals with the Rodgers’ own woundedness hand-in-hand with God. They also apply what they have learned to other areas of their lives. They personally tell of their own soul-healing journey. In addition, they then explain the “map” they use to teach others that are on their own healing journey. Sprinkled throughout this book are case studies of couples who have learned to use the Soul Healing Love Model successfully. Tom and Beverly say that “this book was written for brave souls who desire active duty in the war of love and marriage. And make no mistake —the enemy of our souls is at war with us. He is fighting against the success of our marriages as we speak.” And oh, how true that is!