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Beyond Suffering Bible

Suffering. Most of us shy away from the word, let alone the reality. Our modern world is obsessed with avoiding suffering. The evidence is everywhere…from the commercials for prescription medications, to pain relief gadgets and gizmos, to the prescription drug addiction epidemic…the message is ubiquitous and unanimous: we deserve a life free from suffering! Enter real life. Suffering, whether physical or emotional, is part of this human experience. We all will suffer at some point in this life.

I know a bit about suffering. I’ve struggled with the emotional pain of depression most of my life. I know the pain of divorce. I’m the mother of children with disabilities. At the height of my (beloved) career, I was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disease. Now I’m confined to a wheelchair.

I was given the chance to get a complementary copy of the Beyond Suffering Bible from Tyndale in exchange for a review and, I can honestly say, I wasn’t optimistic about this Bible being able to speak to my situation. Even though I know the Bible addresses suffering, I had no idea HOW MUCH it had to say. I really LOVE this Bible. It is filled with insights into Biblical topics that relate to disabilities and suffering.

From the user’s guide in the Beyond Suffering Bible:

“The Beyond Suffering Bible is for people who want to understand what it looks like to think and live like a Christian in the midst of suffering.

This Bible is for caregivers, family members, ministers, and others who work with and serve alongside suffering and disabled people. These people will find insight, encouragement, and practical help for understanding what the Bible is saying to them about how to love, serve, and uplift the people God has placed in their lives.

This Bibles is for the person with a disability or any suffering person. These people will find opportunities to engage with God, meeting him in the midst of their suffering, learning how to go about living beyond their suffering, and being transformed into a person who can be a bright light for Jesus just as they are.

Really, this Bible is even for ordinary Christians who care about the suffering of others and have questions related tot he theology of suffering but don’t know where to turn for answers

Everyone can benefit from understanding what the Bible has to say about disability, understanding the theology of suffering, and getting a biblical perspective on issues of bioethics and the church’s role in alleviating suffering.”

Joni Erickson Tada knows a thing or two about suffering. Click here to see a video Joni made about this Bible or go to beyondsufferingbible.com for more info!

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Ghost Boy

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When I signed up to review Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius, I expected to read a book about the medical condition that caused a boy to be “trapped inside his own body.” In actuality, the book talks little about the condition that resulted in Martin being in a vegetative state. Instead, it chronicled his journey back into the land of the living.

I found the book difficult to read, since it describes the world that I’m heading for…being non-verbal. I have a progressive neurological disease that will leave me unable to speak. Martin’s stories served to confirm my worst fears about what life will be like. People assumed he was an imbecile. He was positioned in uncomfortable ways but couldn’t tell anyone. He was fed food that he didn’t like, that wasn’t an appropriate temperature, at a rate that was uncomfortable for him. He was talked ABOUT as if he wasn’t there. He was abused and neglected and could not cry out for help. These things are utterly and completely terrifying for me!

The second half of the book made me feel much more hopeful. Martin finds a woman to love him, who understands him, who treats him as the intelligent, talented person that he is…even in spite of his inability to speak. Miraculous.

I’m grateful to live in a time when there are AAC (communication devices) that allow people with speech disabilities to communicate! Martin Pistorius is the poster child for a life changed by technology. “Until there’s a cure…technology is the cure!”  Martin’s story is truly inspiring and I applaud him for his bravery and strength!

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

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Abraham

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I’m not new to the Bible or its characters. I thought I knew a fair amount about Abraham…but Charles Swindoll brings Abraham to life in his recent book, Abraham. This isn’t a book that you’ll struggle to read, filled with Old Testament names and places that sound totally foreign. If you’re like me, you’ll learn a lot about Abraham that you didn’t know. Beyond that, you’ll find a treasure trove of sound advice and rich insight in these pages.

With the wisdom only to be found in a long life, filled with the love of the Lord, Chuck Swindoll touches upon issues that face each of us throughout our lives. There are so many lessons to be found in the story of our Patriarch, Abraham. These lessons apply to us today. There are lessons about trusting God, lessons about falling back on our default defenses when we’re stressed, lessons on waiting on God’s timing and not rushing ahead…

This book is going on my “classics” shelf. There are a few books that can be said to be life-changing outside of scripture. This is one of those books. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It is so dense with wisdom! Whether you’re young or old, married or single, male or female, there is sage advice in this book for you. I am so grateful for men and women who have such rich spiritual insight and who are willing to share that insight with us. Thank you, Mr. Swindoll.

I was provided with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review…and, yes, it really was that good!

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