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From Pastor to Psych Ward: Recovery from a Suicide Attempt is Possible

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When I left home that Sunday night, I knew my wife and little boy would never see alive again. My name is Steve Austin. I survived childhood sexual abuse, but the effects rippled through my life for the next twenty-five years. After nearly ten years as a youth pastor and worship leader, I was convinced that my only "out" was a suicide attempt. Now that I have started telli ...more
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Published August 31st 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Andrea Stoeckel
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am a member of the Grace is Messy facebook community, which the author convened and moderates. In no way did these things change my honest review] NOTA BENE: This is a book about suicide. I want to warn you as it may upset some people and trigger others

"You still think grace is part of an old melody you hum as you cut grass. But grace is stronger than any other force in you life. Grace is why you're still here. And grace will
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Lana
I've been following Steve for a few months now, and I've seen the results of the messy grace he's experienced in his life. I've never really heard the story of how he got there before. This is that story.

It's not just a story, though. It's as real and honest as it can be. It will break your heart for his pain, then help put it back together as he puts his heart and life back together. I started highlighting passages that I loved and wanted to remember, then I realized that almost the
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Tracy Winchell
Thank you, Steve, for sharing your story with such honesty. May all those who read or hear your words find comfort, hope, and tangible steps to help live a life of joy, even amidst pain and hardship.
Danielle
This book was provided to me in audio form via the author in exchange for an honest review.

From Pastor to a Psych Ward: Recovery From a Suicide Attempt is Possible, is a series of mostly autobiographical essays written by Steve Austin. Austin, a once successful workaholic Pastor, always covered up his mental health issues due to the church's stigma of talking about said topic. After being dismissed from his church due to a misunderstanding, Austin attempted to commit suicide and fail
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Arthur
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished “From Pastor to a Psych Ward: Recovery From a Suicide Attempt is Possible” by Steve Austin tonight. As a gift from the author, I couldn’t wait to read the story of this incredible man. As I moved through his story and worked through my own stories that floated to the surface, I found myself traveling between anxiety and hope and found permission to keep struggling and wrestling in that sacred space. I recommend this book to anyone that has ever struggled or know others that have strug ...more
Miho Kitagawa Pedroso
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Pretty poor writing. I'm sure the story itself is inspiring but it wasn't communicated well in the writing. Feels shallow due to the limited view of Christianity and, I guess, the lack of consideration for intended audiences.
I was interested in the topic, so all the more disappointed.
Valerie Ohle
I loved this book. I can only hope I would have the strength it takes to tell this story if it was mine, and I'm not 100% sure I would. it's an incredible journey and very worthwhile read.
Stephanie G.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick insightful read

Steve gets really raw with his story. A good quick read into life with mental illness on a faith based perspective.
Christopher Colwell
Live

Honest, compelling and steeped with gratitude. Since we can't be immune from anxiety, why not learn to live with it? Live, being the operative word.
Kayla
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Steve Austin was a pastor when he nearly died by suicide. A second chance, grueling recovery, and years of honest conversation allowed Steve to find healing and purpose. It’s evident in his speaking, podcasting, and coaching: he helps overwhelmed people get their lives back.

Steve is also author of two Amazon bestsellers, "From Pastor to a Psych Ward" and "Catching Your Breath" He lives in Birming
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