I'm Mike Eisenbath, on my sixth decade of the journey. I carry many labels: Husband of Donna, dad of four, Pops of four, cradle Catholic Christian in formation with the Secular Carmelites, son of the Midwest, blessed friend of many, writer, speaker, retreat junkie, dog owner, book lover, baseball devotee, history enthusiast, TV connoisseur (especially Law and Order) , mental illness advocate, baseball card collector (especially pre-1981) ... and all-around nice guy. (At least I try.)
More important than anything else, I am an undeserving beloved child of God.
I worked 23 years as a professional newspaper sportswriter, including 18 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch covering high school sports, St. Louis University men's basketball, and St. Louis Cardinals and Major League Baseball. I left that job in 2012 for serious health reasons -- major depression and severe anxiety. I have worked the last 17-plus years with one of the country's largest investment firms, five as a financial advisor and 12 as a supervisor of about 150 advisors.
I have continued writing as a free-lancer after leaving the Post-Dispatch, on the subjects of baseball, my Catholic faith and mental illness. I have been a monthly columnist with the St. Louis Review, the official weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as well as contributor to the websites Aleteia, Catholic Stand, The Christian Review and Catholic Lane
and to Cardinals Magazine. And I've written three books -- so far.
I began writing for this site in 2009 and like to post somewhat frequently -- sometimes three times a week, but considerably less when I'm not feeling well.
I generally like to write about life as a Christian, in particular my experience as a Catholic man in the modern world, with all the joys and tribulations that entails. Subjects might include prayer, the saints, retreats, the Mass, everyday spirituality and whatever other inspiration God sends.
I also openly share about my experiences with chronic depression and anxiety, including some of the little victories as well as suicidal issues. I try to provide honesty and hope for the mentally ill and their loved ones.
Don't be surprised to see thoughts about marriage, fatherhood, grandkids and other such stuff. But no politics!
For questions or requests for information about mental illness, please send me a message. I will get back to you soon. Please pass along any prayer requests, too.