About Jennifer Schwirzer

Jennifer Jill Schwirzer resides in Philadelphia with her husband, Michael. She has written ten books, recorded eight original music CD's, and runs a counseling practice.

Addiction
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I received a tortured call one evening. “Horrible things are happening, my life is coming unraveled,” the caller said, spilling out a litany of disasters that tangled financial loss, physical illness, family estrangement, and psychological despair. “Your addiction is catching up with you,” I said. The dialog between the two of us had been protracted, … [Click to read more …]

Fear. God. Love.
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Test your knowledge. Put your hand over the screen and guess the three most common mental disorders in the US. They are, in order, with lifetime prevalence rates: Anxiety disorders (about 18%), mood disorders (about 10%), and ADHD (about 5%). It might come as a surprise that anxiety rates higher than depression. Actually, anxiety diagnoses … [Click to read more …]

Spiritual Perfectionism
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I’ve heard that the wise old owls at the American Psychiatric Association who revamp the diagnostic manual every ten years have considered a diagnosis of “perfectionism.” What do you think? So far the owls believe that 301.4, obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD, not to be confused with OCD, [or CDO if you want the letters … [Click to read more …]

A Divine Interrruption
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Happy New Year! I don’t do resolutions. I’ve observed two things—that humans have an indefatigable drive to fix themselves, and that it is utterly futile and fruitless. The only good that comes from our self-fixing is that some of us finally learn it’s impossible. Observe every world religion other than the faith of Jesus. Each … [Click to read more …]

Real or Right?
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During the Billy Graham era, while the evangelical movement retained the flavor of modernism, the preaching emphasis seemed to my young adult mind to be “getting right” with God. During that time I became a Christian and then a Seventh-day Adventist. Everything felt right. I got right with God, began worshiping on the right day, … [Click to read more …]

Jesus for President
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Shane Claiborne’s clever book title says it all. But Jesus tried that. He was President, King, and Head of State of Israel from the time of the Exodusuntil the Babylonian captivity. And in spite of His power and perfection, His presidential experiment failed. Sadly, Israel and Judah so totally rebelled against Him that He ultimately … [Click to read more …]

“First Crack Outta the box!”
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My late father, Richard D. Wilson, was known for such pithy one-liners. He first slung this one at me on a long, hot family road trip to Florida. It was one of those classic family car scenarios  – ever-vibrating little kids in the back seat, parents sitting like sentinels in the front, occasionally shouting commands to … [Click to read more …]