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Hospitable Witnessing

Using Autoethnography to Reflect Theologically on a Journey of Friendship and Mental Health Problems

by Priscilla Sun Kyung Oh

Foreword by John Swinton

Imprint: Pickwick Publications

210 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.42 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781532603976
  • Published: June 2018

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  • 9781532603983
  • Published: June 2018

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  • 9781532603990
  • Published: June 2018

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Drawing on her own experience of befriending a person suffering from a long-term mental health challenge, Priscilla Oh reflects on the meaning of care and friendship theologically. Using autoethnography, she goes beyond the personal experience and examines various issues surrounding mental health. Hospitable Witnessing candidly takes readers into the everyday life of being with a mentally ill person. There are emotional challenges and contingencies in sustaining friendship and caring for a person with a long-term mental health problem. Oh points out that those who care for a loved one during a long-term illness inevitably experience "burnout" resulting from the constant care requirements. Under such an enormous disruption, we need to be compassionate toward another's suffering and be willing to be present and available for them. This book suggests our need of one another and identifies three important Christian practices: caring as we are being made in the image of God, compassion as being present with the sufferer, and lament as to revitalize our faith and hope.
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