Courage to Thrive: Finding Joy and Hope in the Midst of Mental Health Struggles

Rev Robert Flanagan

The Rev. Dr. Bob Flanagan has struggled with mental illness and managed to thrive for over twenty years. He holds a doctorate of ministry degree in Christian Spirituality and is an adjunct faculty member at General Theological Seminary in New York City, teaching on Christian spirituality. He has served for over ten years as a state and federal advocate for and board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

His previous book, Growing a Sustainable Soul, won a bronze medal in the Reader’s Favorite International Book Contest. Bob lives with his wife, Lanie, in Bridgewater, Connecticut. They have two grown children.

Rave Reviews for Courage to Thrive: Finding Joy and Hope 

Wise Words of Hope

“These meditations plant a seed of peace in the heart of the reader. And don’t we all need an extra dose of peace these days? Without shying away from the depth of human suffering, Bob Flanagan offers wise and gentle words of hope.”

Donyelle McCray, Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Yale Divinity School


“Courage to Thrive: Finding Joy and Hope in the Midst of Mental Heath Struggles by Robert D. Flanagan is a profound and thought-provoking book with engaging stories that delve into the life of the mind as well as the soul, living with the highs and lows of anxiety and depression, and helps readers understand the correlation between the mind, body, and soul.”

Warmth and Gentleness

“ Reading this book is itself a healing experience. With great personal vulnerability, Bob Flanagan invites us onto a journey into spiritually illuminated psychological health. With lucidity, warmth, and gentleness, we are shown that God loves us in our struggles and can transform them into fulness of life.”

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