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A Conversation with Kay Warren

In this episode of Signposts, I am joined by author and advocate Kay Warren, who is the co-founder with her husband Rick of Saddleback Church in Irvine, California. She has been a tireless advocate for those living with mental illness, HIV & Aids, as well as orphans and vulnerable children. In this conversation, we talk about mental illness, loss, and the way that Kay processed the grief of losing her son, Matthew, to suicide. I hope that our conversation can be an encouragement to those in the midst of loss or those ministering to the grieving.


A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sites

Beauty Will Rise CD by Steven Curtis Chapman

Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness by Matthew Stanford

Grievin g a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers, and Hope by Albert Y. Hsu

Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow by Nancy Guthrie

Hidden in My Heart: A Lullaby Journey Through Scripture CD (Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3)

Holding On to Hope: A pathway through suffering to the heart of God by Nancy Guthrie

Hope Box

How to Get Through What You’re Going Through (Sermon CD) by Pastor Rick and Kay Warren

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One by Carla Fine

Psalms of Lament by Ann Weems

When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One by David and Nancy Guthrie 


Children, Teens, and Suicide Loss by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) (Free Download , Booklet, & Spanish Translation)

Does My Child Have PTSD?: What to Do When Your Child Is Hurting from the Inside Out by Jolene Philo

Someone I Love Died by Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them by Doreen Cammarata 

Sometimes Life is Just Not Fair: Hope for Kids Through Grief and Loss by Fr. Joe Kempf

What Happens When Someone Dies?: A Child’s Guide to Death and Funderals by Michaelene Mundy

When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing by Marilyn E. Gootman, Ed.D.

When Mom or Dad Dies: A Book of Comfort for Kids by Daniel Grippo

When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book by National Alliance for Grieving Children


A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide Loss

A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide Loss – Spanish Version

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department 

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

The Child’s Loss: Death, Grief and Mourning 

How to Talk to a Suicide Loss Survivor: 10 Helpful Tips by AFSP

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: After an Attempt

Suicide Fact Sheet by NAMI

Suicide and Social Media: A Tipsheet for Parents and Providers by American Association of Suicidology 


Compassionate Friends

Camp Erin


Say Yes to God

Choose Joy

Sacred Privilege

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).