New Xulon Book Enables Readers to Gain ‘Hope’ for a Full and Rich Life In Spite of Mental Health Diagnosis

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Hoefs pioneers the niche of Christian support for life after a mental health diagnosis

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A 'Wellness Workbook' for those with a mood disorder and their loved ones.

In his new book, Fresh Hope: Living Well In Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis ($16.99, paperback, 978-1-62509-425-4; $8.99, e-book, 978-1-62509-426-1) Brad Hoefs addresses a rising epidemic in the United States: mental health disorders. According to John M. Grohol (PSYD, “Mental Health Statistics”, World of Psychology,, May 3, 2010) now nearly one in three Americans has a mental health issue within a given year, “yet, there are very few peer to peer recovery resources for mental health wellness written from a Christian perspective.” That is, until now.

“Readers will receive practical insights and spiritual encouragement to become empowered for wellness regarding their mental health,” states the author. “This is a definite must-read for those living with a mental health diagnosis and their loved ones, for doctors, pastors, and counselors.”

Pastor Brad Hoefs was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder in 1995, after experiencing a very public and painful manic episode. This episode led to him being asked to resign as the senior pastor of a large growing church. After his resignation, a group of people formed Community of Grace Church and provided the Hoefs with a safe place to heal and find hope. It is out of this experience that Brad started Fresh Hope in 2009, a Christ-centered support group for those who suffer from mood disorders, as well as for their loved ones. Fresh Hope has grown to numerous locations throughout the US, with new groups starting all the time. Brad serves as senior pastor at Community of Grace in Elkhorn, NE. Hoefs is a certified peer support specialist. He also serves as a member of the State of Nebraska’s Advisory Committee to the Governor on Mental Health Services.

This Sunday, March 3rd from 12:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. a book release and book signing party will take place at Community of Grace Church, 3434 North 204th Street in Elkhorn, NE. The public is invited to attend.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Fresh Hope through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

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