Cultural Savage is a collection of essays about mental illness and Christianity and where the two intersect. Sometimes they crash into each other, and other times they coexist peacefully. When the two collide, it manifests as the Church characterizing mental illness as a spiritual problem. A former bible-study teacher, preacher, and worship leader, Aaron J Smith demonstrates in this book that mental illness isn’t a spiritual deficiency but rather a medical condition that affects the mind. Smith is a writer and stay-at-home father who lives with Bipolar Disorder. He wants to show his two boys that mental illness is not a death sentence, but rather a condition that one manages to lead a healthy life.