The post OCD and Sinful Thoughts has turned up more attention than I ever thought it would. When I posted the blog article, I figured some people might be able to relate, but I didn’t realize there would be so many people who shared such struggles. Since then, I’ve gotten countless emails from people struggling with these issues every day. So many, in fact, that I’ve decided to publish a book about it.
This book won’t be written as an attempt to “fix” intrusive thoughts. I’m not a medical or mental health professional, and nothing I say should be taken as professional care or advice. Rather, this book is about my story and how God is slowly but surely teaching me to rely on him. I talk about how the intrusive thoughts haven’t disappeared completely and might not ever disappear completely on this side of Heaven . . . but I’m becoming more equipped to handle them. God is giving me hope for peace and is growing me as a person; He’s teaching me to see my situation for what it truly is rather than what I perceive it to be.
And I want to share that hope so that others may find it as well.
What the book will be about:
- My story – When did my intrusive thoughts begin? How did they affect my childhood, and when I did I begin to see them for what they really were?
- An overview of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder as it pertains to intrusive thoughts, particularly the kind that deal with those that are religious or morality in nature.
- What sin is and what it isn’t. How OCD can taint the way we see the plight of our souls.
- Where hope for peace and certainty can be found in the Gospel of Christ even when we’re fighting the cruel thoughts OCD pushes our way.
- How certain doctrines that claim to be Christian (but really aren’t) are dangerous to our mental and spiritual health and should be avoided when it comes to healing and faith.
- Management techniques to help us see the truth as it is and to help free us from the guilt that intrusive thoughts are so good at burdening us with.
- Bible verses that I go to for comfort in the times when the intrusive thoughts are at their worst.
Why write this kind of book?
Can God work miracles? Absolutely. Does He always? No. But in all I’ve read and seen and heard, I’ve learned that when God says no to a certain prayer, there is always a reason. Often that reason isn’t immediately apparent. Sometimes we may not see it in our lifetimes. But my personal experience with pain and hardship has proven to me God’s undeniable faithfulness and drawn me closer to Him.
I’m not sure yet when this book will be published, but I’ll keep you updated on its progress. With Baby #2 due in mid-September, I’m on a bit of a time crunch. If there’s something in particular you would be interested in reading about in this book, however, let me know in the comment section below. My prayer is that this book touches hearts, letting people who are struggling to reconcile faith and intrusive thoughts know that they’re not alone. Letting them find hope where maybe they had found none before.
Are you interested in reading about something in particular in this kind of book? Let me know what you think in the Comment Section below. And don’t forget, you can sign up for my newsletter for extra resources on neurological disorders, education, and spiritual encouragement. As always, thanks for reading!