Thursday, July 1, 2010

Marc Grimaldi: OCD: Finding Hope on the Edge of Insanity

Mp3 Available Here

Marc Grimaldi, one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Long Island, located in Merrick, NY, will address the theme of his new book: "OCD: Finding Hope on the Edge of Insanity".

As Pastor Marc describes his personal experience with OCD, and his new book:

"Yes, I have spent time conversing with the gatekeeper of the bridge that leads to insanity. But, by the grace of God, I have also found great hope right there on the edge of insanity. I have found victory in the grace of God that continually comes to me in Jesus Christ. And I have even found benefit and spiritual profit from the humbling, barbaric condition of OCD.

"My goal in this book is certainly not to list all of the specific ways in which I have experienced the toilsome burdens and torments of OCD. I could probably write several volumes on that topic alone. However, I realize that there are some (perhaps even many) out there who likewise have these kinds of dreaded experiences, and I want to share with you the hope and victories that I have found in the battles as well. There are not many books out there that address OCD from a biblical standpoint, and there are even fewer (if any) that address it from a biblical and personal standpoint. Being able to relate directly to someone’s experience is always beneficial when seeking helpful solutions. By the grace of God, my ongoing battles with OCD have enabled me to discover a lot more about the condition, along with many key helpful tools that can help aid the OCD sufferer in the battle."

Psychology text books define OCD as “a mental disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by combinations of such thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions).” Most Christian Counselors would agree with that definition but there is debate as to whether or not it is truly a “mental/physical disorder”, a “sin issue” or a combination of both.

Having personally lived with this difficult “thorn” for several years and at various levels of escala tion, Marc believes it is both a “sin issue” and a “physical disorder.” It could be that the “sin issue” which centers upon a proneness toward anxiety and a desire for control causes the “physical disorder” but Marc believes (from firsthand experience) that there are certain physical challenges and/or mental difficulties that those who have OCD are prone to, which makes them more susceptible to failing to deal properly with the normal stresses and anxieties of life that others can often simply blow off. At the least, the “physical element” plays a significant role in escalating the OCD into its severest state (what Marc calls the “vicious cycle”), which he will address during the broadcast.

Marc Grimaldi is married to his lovely wife Julieanne and they have been blessed with four daughters.

You can hear a previous interview with Marc Grimaldi on "Iron Sharpens Iron" on the subject of OCD by clicking here: MP3 Available Here

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