For Pete's Sake

A son reflects on his father's forty-seven year confinement with mental illness

by Gene Gilbreath



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/2/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 360
ISBN : 9781410744814
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 360
ISBN : 9781414060194
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 360
ISBN : 9781410744807

About the Book

TLC?  Tender loving care, remember?  Tender loving care about  those in hospitals, nursing homes, mental facilities, schools, disconnected families, underprivileged children, an abandoned spouse,  and all we who face our limitations and don’t know where to turn?  A Nigerian proverb says, “Not to know is bad.  Not to want to know is worse. Not to hope is unthinkable. Not to care is unforgiveable.”

Let me tell you about Pete, my Dad, so that you may know him. I wrote this book feeling that maybe you would want to know about this mental patient who spent forty-seven years in confinement.  His life seemed worthless, of no value to society.  After his death at eighty-seven, I thought again, this time with hope that there was a way to redeem his existence.

FOR PETE’S SAKE helps you  to become aware of mental health issues in our ordinary circumstances.  From my g-g-grandparents’ conception, through our childhood and schooling in rural Sullivan County, Indiana, through the State hospital and nursing home experiences of Pete, through the triumph of my Mom, through questions of faith, purpose, and meaning, we learned to hope and care.

Meet PETE as Rip Van Winkle II and learn, hope, and care about the mentally ill and their families.

About the Author

Mr. Gilbreath is a native of rural Sullivan County, Indiana.  His early education was in the Graysville Consolidated School.  He attended Taylor University, 1948-1950.  In 1952 he received  a BA degree in  Sociology and Bible Studies from Evansville College, Evansville, Indiana.  His Master’s in Divinity was granted by Garrett Biblical Institute, Evanston, IL. in 1959.  In 1978 Mr. Gilbreath earned a Master’s in Counseling from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN.  He served as Pastor of United Methodist Churches in southern Indiana for over thirty-five years before taking disability in 1984.  He is married to Jessie Neier-Gilbreath. Foutz of Sullivan County.