Bipolar is the paint palette that Julie Kraft has been given, but her life is the canvas. So, whatever she does with that will be her gift back to God. These are just some words that she shares in this week’s episode. Julie Kraft joins us to tell of the transforming power of God that she has experienced in her life from before she was diagnosed to day one of her diagnosis and now, today. She joins us to discuss some helpful steps to those who are struggling, or who have just received a diagnosis that might seem life-ending – assuring each one of us that it’s going to be okay. Throughout the episode, Julie shares with Ryan about how she saw God working in her life and how she desires to let God use her to reach more and more people. Julie encourages us to trust that God will use every single thing that we experience for his good. And if that means a diagnosis, so be it.
Who’s Our Guest?
Julie Kraft is a Canadian author and mental health advocate devoted to spreading awareness and shattering stigma. Since her bipolar II diagnosis in 2010, Julie has come to a place of embracing her ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ bipolar mind. She credits it with allowing her to live a vibrant and full life. Julie’s memoir, The Other Side of Me, was published in 2017. She has also contributed to publications for Psych Central, Psycom, and BP Hope magazine. Julie currently lives in Vancouver with her husband and three children.
Julie’s memoir, The Other Side of Me, was published in 2017 and you can watch the Book Trailer below. If you would like to get a copy, you can go to www.juliekraft.com/buy-now.
To find out more about Julie, you can head to her website, www.juliekraft.com, where she’s made more of her story available and has different resources for you, as well. You can also follow her on Instagram @Julie.Kraft.author or on Facebook, Julie Kraft.
Julie is also involved with Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries where she is part of the Sanctuary Course which is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. As an eight-week study guide for small groups, the Sanctuary Course allows other believers to gather and contribute to a dialogue on mental health. For more information, you can go to www.sanctuarymentalhealth.org, or take a look at the video below.