My name is Aaron J. Smith (aka CulturalSavage). I am in my thirties, a husband, a father, a writer, Jesus obsessed, a dreamer, and kind of a mess.
I spent most of my 20’s focusing on church activities and doing things I loved to do: helping people think better about Jesus, the Bible, faith, and church. At some point, I got burned out, cynical, and began to question if the way we do church really makes sense. Now I’m kind of in a weird post-evangelical spiritual wilderness where I’m dissatisfied with the church but hungry for God.
When I was 28, I was diagnosed Bipolar 2. I write about what a life with a mental illness looks like. I’m an advocate for removing the stigma of mental health. I’ve been featured on HuffPost live to talk about living with a mental illness and spoke in 2014 and 2015 at the Shattering Stigma conference.
I’ve been blogging for 10 years or so and am in the process of writing my first full-length book. I currently am featured in Father Factor, StigmaFighters Anthology (Volume 1), and was a staff writer for Bedlam Magazine. I am also a contributor to The Good Men Project.
My family and I live in Portland, OR.
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