All Who Are Weary

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We live in an age uniquely attentive to the problem of mental illness. More than half of us will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in our lifetime. It has been easy, for centuries, to relegate persistent emotional and mental struggles entirely to the realm of a failed personal work ethic (“Just don’t worry so much!”), not enough faith (“Just pray harder!”), or, in recent years, a chemical imbalance in our brains (“Just take this pill!”). Yet, for those of us who live with mental illness, none of these suggestions provides the quick relief it promises, and the continued struggle takes its toll on our already burdened hearts and minds.

In All Who Are Weary, Emmy Kegler joins the reader on the long walk of reflection, understanding, and compassion, calling followers of Jesus back to ancient practices of lament, vulnerability, honesty, community, and hope. This book is not a map to a cure, nor a perfectly restorative prayer. Written with a wide community in mind–patients, but also parents and partners, coworkers and friends, pastors and therapists, and the whole church–All Who Are Weary points to the embodied grace known in Jesus, trusting in the promise of a lighter load for all.

Listen to Emmy read an excerpt of All Who Are Weary for her podcast Cafeteria Christian:

Weary Events

Prayers for Easing Burdens
Monday, November 8, 6:30-9pm CT
Grace Center, 1500 6th St NE

I’ll be signing and selling books (and stickers!) and we’ll have individual prayer stations around different themes in the book. You can interact as much or as little as you want. Masks required.

Open house — come when you like, leave when you’re ready.

FB Event Link

Tuesday November 9: Insta Live Launch

I asked a bunch of friends if they’d hang out with me on Insta Live for 15-ish minutes and talk about #AllWhoAreWeary and their own work and whatever else we wanted. And they said yes? Look at this lineup, y’all.

4pm Elle Dowd – 4:15 Lyz Lenz – 4:45 Emily Allison – 5pm Eric Atcheson – 5:15 Jamie Bruesehoff – 6pm Kevin Garcia – 7pm Kayla Felten – 7:30 Cindy Wang Brandt – 7:45 Melissa Florer-Bixler – 8pm Stephanie Tait – 9pm Matthias Roberts – 9:15 Candice Czubernat

Join us anytime 4pm to 9:30pm CT on Tues Nov 9. Follow me on Inst @ emmykegler and you’ll get notified when we’re live.

Online Book Group
Launches Weds, Nov 10

I’ll post quotes from & questions related to a new chapter each week. You can chat in the comments or share the post to your own Story. Follow me on Instagram @ emmykegler & you’ll see each week’s post there.

Pre-order All Who Are Weary and you can receive a thank you card from the author along with a FREE a signed bookplate and a sticker!

After placing your pre-order, you can request your pre-order thank you pack here.

If you want more than 1 sticker, that can happen! We’re selling them 1 for $3, 2 for $5, or 5 for $10. You can venmo me at @EmmyKegler, Cashapp $EmmyKegler, or PayPal to In the notes, please give me your address and which kind(s) of sticker you want!

“The church, she suggests, has misunderstood and mistreated mental illness, while derision of conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia litter modern conversations, which fuels a sense of shame for those needing assistance. Helping others to walk their own paths toward mental health recovery, Kegler caps each chapter with questions for the reader to ponder—without judgment—as well as suggested further reading, along with healing, normalizing analogies… While encouraging readers to continue their prayer practices, Kegler also gives them permission to seek pharmacological interventions and talk therapy. Kegler offers impassioned salvation to fellow Christians who have struggled with mental health; this book could in fact save lives.” – Publishers Weekly

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