Red's member, Bob Bienvenu who has claim to 19 AAU World Powerlifting titles this year, has written a book about his life. It will be available for purchase (on line and at local book stores) sometime in January. Purchase one and find out what motivates Bob, gives him his strength and actually saved his life.
About the Author: Robert Bienvenu is a weight lifter and a Christian and a schizophrenic. He holds numerous titles in power lifting and hosts a weekly television show on mental illness. He currently lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, and is working on his second book about living in faith with mental illness.
Description: Robert Bienvenu was born into a traditional, upper middle class family. He spent an idyllic childhood growing up with his brothers and sisters in a small town in south Louisiana. His bright future darkened suddenly, however, when schizophrenia presented, triggered by a traumatic experience as a very young man.
From Light to Darkness to Glory recounts his tortured journey through a devastating mental illness that he didn’t understand and didn’t even know he had for years. By the time he ﬁnally came to terms with his disease, his life had changed irrevocably.
Robert suffered through one failed relationship, one failed job, and one failed aspiration after another. He plunged through life in a downward spiral until he ﬁnally found the strength to slow the descent. Reaching back to the athletic activities he had loved as an adolescent, Robert picked up pole vaulting and weightlifting again, ultimately earning numerous awards and titles for his skill and dexterity in powerlifting. But ﬁnding the patient souls who helped him find real strength in the glory of God and the sort of faith he’d never known proved to be the lucky break that saved his life.
Robert’s rekindled strength of spirit grew out of that new found faith and depends on the personal relationship he has developed with Jesus Christ. That relationship has enabled him to face his demons, excel in athletic competition, and help others through a community television program that focuses on mental illness. This is Robert’s version of that neverending story.