Delight in Disorder
By: Tony Roberts
Recently I have had the pleasure of connecting with a captivating man named Tony Roberts through my blog. Tony Roberts is a pastor, and is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He has compiled his experiences as a man of faith, a leader within the church dealing with the highs and the lows of bipolar disorder through daily devotions in his book Delight in Disorder. As a fellow Christian (I’m actually a Catholic but recognize that the inherent morals and goodness of other faiths or religions can bring people to God), it was inspiring to see the depth of his devotion and the strength that he has been able to derive from his relationship with God – at a time when many give up on Him. Whether you currently have a faith or not though I think that this book has the ability to shed so much light on something that is so hard for many of us to grasp. Mental illness and disorders are not the same for everyone, their treatment is not the same so it becomes very hard to understand. Tony Roberts writes in an attainable style about his experiences and those of the people that he has met along his journey. He has helped to de-stigmatize mental illness and disorders through this book. I found it extremely interesting.
Tony does not beat around the bush with his book Delight in Disorder. He gets right to the point and is very candid about what he has experienced. Nothing is spared, not even his darkest or most vulnerable moments which is in my opinion what makes this book so real, so powerful. I would recommend this book. I would recommend it to those dealing with mental illness or disorders, the people who care for them, their friends and family. But I would also recommend it to people who are not affected by mental illness or disorder. As a society or as people in general we tend to judge or fear what we do not understand. As mentioned before this is an area that many of us cannot wrap our heads around even if we know someone who is dealing with the complications that go along with it. This is a great book to help demystify the sickness of the mind and help us accept people who are dealing with it.