When Pastor Steve Austin left home that Sunday night, he knew his wife and little boy would never see him alive again. Steve had survived childhood sexual abuse as a preschooler, but the effects rippled through his life for the next 25 years. After nearly 10 years as a youth pastor and worship leader, Steve was convinced that his only choice was suicide. But childhood sexual abuse, addiction, and a suicide attempt were only the beginning of Steve Austin's story. This book is for anyone who has hit rock bottom and is left wondering what to do next. Recovery from our darkest day is difficult, but Steve Austin is living proof that it is possible.
I'm so excited to share with you some big news: my memoir, From Pastor to a Psych Ward, is now on Audible as an audiobook! It's the #1 New Release under the suicide category, and I'm honored.
Here's what readers are saying about this book:
- Steve Austin somehow manages to tell a truly gut-wrenching story with such grace and hope. From surviving childhood sexual abuse to living with the daily drain of mental illness and eventually trying to kill himself, Steve's story is one of walking through a living hell, but coming out of the fire with a recovery story that could save a life. Through practical application and intentional steps toward recovery, this book packs a punch. And it's not just for someone who has failed a suicide attempt: it's perfect for anyone struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues, too. Don't miss this book!
- Steve is such a talented writer with a true gift of being able to tell about horrific life experiences with truth, dignity, and just the right sprinkling of humor to touch the hearts and souls of the readers.
- Steve Austin writes with such candor and clarity about the subjects of childhood sexual abuse and suicide. The reader is instantly transported to Austin's world from page one. We learn how abuse, when it is repressed, can come out later in life as depression. He speaks about how religion made it difficult for him to address his mental health issues. Austin is brutally honest about what it's like to be suicidal. This book is a must-read for anyone who has been suicidal or depressed. It's a great read for family members who are trying to support a loved one with mental illness.
- Mental health is a serious issue within the Church and Steve does a great job dealing with that issue head-on. This is a must-read for anyone in vocational ministry.
The cool news? You can listen to the entire book for FREE! If you've never signed up for Audible before, go to http://www.audibletrial.com/AskSteveAustin for a free month!