Sunday, October 25, 2020

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Courage to Thrive by Robert D. Flanagan


Book: Courage to Thrive

Author: Robert D. Flanagan

Genre: Christian Living, Depression & Anxiety

Release Date: June 30, 2020

When wrestling with depression and anxiety, getting out of bed is a courageous move. When panic attacks and suicidal thoughts strike, finding victories in the small things of life and reframing feelings can help a person flourish even in the midst of mental health struggles. Rev. Dr. Bob Flanagan knows all about that—he’s spent two decades combatting mental illness head on.

In his first-person spiritual journal Courage to Thrive, Flanagan takes the reader with him as he traverses the dark and scary landscape of his mind and then the paths of faith that lead him to the Source of light and hope. Through a vulnerable look at the realities of a priest battling mental illness and still thriving, readers—whether dealing with similar mental health challenges or the stressors of everyday life—are left with a quiet confidence that assures them they too can thrive and enjoy the gifts God has given them.

Each of the forty reflections concludes with a heartfelt prayer that revels in God’s healing mercies. Join Flanagan on a journey to joy, peace, and hope.


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Anxiety and Depression are very much on the rise in people of all ages, even more so with 2020 happenings. Anxiety is something that myself, my siblings, cousins andnow my son and nephew experience. For our family it seems to be hereditary. Anxiety can be debilitating for many. I know have had days where it is a struggle to get through it. 

Rev. Dr. Robert Flanagan has also struggled with Anxiety and Depression for many years. He had one point had suicidal thoughts. He has written, Courage to Thrive, as a devotionalfor those going through Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks and other Mental Health Issues. The Devotional is divided into 40 Chapters. The Chapters are about 3-5 pages long, cover a specific topic. They start with a Bible Verse, info about the Subject, has a Prayer and section to write down your thoughts about the chapter. The book layout is great and an easy read. I think this is a great devotional to read by yourself or with a small group. 

Courage to Thrive is a really encouraging book. Rev. Dr. Robert Flanagan shows in this devotional that you do not have to suffer through Mental Health Issues alone. Everyone who struggles with Mental Health, will have a different road to healing and good health. God cares for us and can heal us and help us through the struggles of Mental Health. I highly recommend this book for all those who are struggling or know someone who is 
struggling with Anxiety or Depression or other Mental Health issues. 

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.


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Courage to Thrive: Finding Joy and Hope in the Midst of Mental Health Struggles is a pioneering and beautiful book that will help people feel better about themselves and their mental health struggles. I smile knowing that readers will feel the love of God and God’s healing mercies by spending time journaling about their own challenges.

As a priest who struggled with suicidal ideation during seminary and anxiety and depression at various times in my live, I feel this book is a way to change the conversation about mental health within the Christian community.



I was a top athlete during college.

My favorite type of dog is the Newfoundland. While that is the best dog in the world. I only have a cat right now.

I became a Christian when I was five and remember my baptism.

My wife and I are avid gardeners. We have a big garden that includes sunflowers, potatoes, and many herbs that can be used as medicines. Its based on the English physic gardens that pastors grew in the 1700s.

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To celebrate his tour, Robert is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Helen said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like it would be a valuable book to have on hand in todays situation. Thanks for the reveiw.

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a good book about an important topic.

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful review, Kendra! Thank you for sharing this valuable resource.

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

This really sounds encouraging and helpful!

James Robert said... Best Blogger Tips

Your book sounds like a great read and thank you for sharing it with us.

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