My name is Tony Roberts. I have an unquiet mind and a way with words.
I served for two decades as pastor of churches in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, and Long Island. In 1995, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after having apocalyptic psychotic delusions. By God’s grace and with much faithful support, I served another dozen years in full-time ministry.
I now write, speak, listen to John Prine and eat peanut M&Ms.
My debut book is called Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission It is a house of meditations where faith and mental illness co-exist, at times fueling each other to dangerous distortion, at times feeding each other to fruitful gain. The story offers readers firm hope and clear assurance. It reveals divine delight found in emotional chaos, yet deals honestly with such subjects as parental neglect, psychotic breakdowns, a suicide attempt, and marital separation. The confessional approach speaks to people of faith as well as agnostics, even atheists who wrestle with mental illness in light of faith or in a spiritual vacuum. My spiritual analysis of delight in disorder reads like the Apostle Paul on lithium. Or Sigmund Freud after finding Jesus.
An indiegogo.com campaign is underway at - Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission. Publication is scheduled for March, 2014 in celebration of Mental Health month.
Advance Praise for Delight in Disorder –
“… a magnificent gem nestled within the muck and mud of uncharted territory.” – Leanne Sypes, Pen to Paper Communications.
I’m delighted you’ve dropped by. I hope you’ll visit often.