Steve Austin is the best-selling author of From Pastor to a Psych Ward: Recovery from a Suicide Attempt is Possible, plus several other books. Steve's goal in writing is to be helpful and hopeful, no matter the content. Grab a copy of each today!


From Pastor to a Psych Ward

When I left home that Sunday night, I knew my wife and little boy would never see alive again.

My name is Steve Austin. I survived childhood sexual abuse, but the effects rippled through my life for the next twenty-five years. After nearly ten years as a youth pastor and worship leader, I was convinced that my only "out" was a suicide attempt.

Now that I have started telling my story, people often as me what's the trick? What's the answer? What made me want to start living again? I can tell you this: I didn't take a "magic Jesus pill" and suddenly life was better. I walked through a living hell and now I have a story to tell. Jesus is a major part of it, but there was also strong medication, one heck of a support system, and a lot of hard work.

Recovery is a long and difficult process, but I am living proof that it is possible.

This book is for anyone who has failed a suicide attempt and is left wondering "what's next". It's also for anyone suffering from anxiety or depression, bipolar, OCD, PPD, or PTSD. If you've ever secretly considered a suicide attempt, this book is for you. I'm not a doctor or a counselor. I'm just a real guy with a powerful story to tell. I'd be honored to share my experience with you.

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Self-Care for the Wounded Soul

If you have ever felt hopeless, if you have ever believed that all the bad things in your life were beyond redemption, if you have ever felt unworthy of being loved or accepted, if you have ever feared what would happen if people found out whatever it is that haunts you - I get it. I have been there, too.

Maybe you are recovering from abuse, addiction, or a suicide attempt like me. Maybe you are struggling with anxiety or depression and don’t know why yet. No matter what your starting point is, the tools in this journal will help you begin to answer the question, “Now what?”

You’re tired of living this way. You want to change your life, and you don’t know where to begin. I hope this 21-day self-care journal will help you answer that question. It’s time to take ownership of your life, and that begins with good self-care. It’s hard work, but you can do it. No more running, no more hiding, no more masks. No matter what your journey has looked like so far, recovery is possible. I am living proof.

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I love jesus, but...

Robert Vore & Steve Austin have both spent time wrestling with mental illness in the context of the Christian faith. Over time, they found themselves saying things like this:

  • I love Jesus, but I need my medication.
  • I love Jesus, but I hate being alone.
  • I love Jesus, but my pastor doesn't understand my mental illness.
  • I love Jesus, but sometimes I want to die.

In this brand new book from the hosts of CXMH, Robert & Steve reflect on these statements and more in a raw and powerful way.

Equipped with reflection questions, resource suggestions, and more, I Love Jesus, But... sets out to address what it looks like to navigate (and maybe even embrace) the tension between faith & mental health.

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