January 21, 2018

Related Reading

Want to read more about dealing with physical suffering? Here are some 5-star books that are biblically sound, relevant, convicting, and encouraging.* And if you know a book that should be listed here, let me know!

Joni: An Unforgettable Story by Joni Eareckson Tada
If you haven’t heard of this famous paraplegic, you need to read her story. Find out how she was injured in a diving accident, spent months in denial, and finally accepted her newly permanent condition — and in the process, discovered a whole new purpose for living. And discover why she’s a hero to so many… like me.


A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada
How can you find joy in the midst of chronic suffering? Joni Eareckson Tada shares a little of her search for physical healing, her daily struggle to handle the emotional challenges of her disability, and the joy that can come from surrending it all to God. Beautiful, relevant, hopeful, and centered upon the truth of God’s Word.


Laurie’s Story: Discovering Joy In Adversity by Laurie Elmore Thompson
Another story of suffering turned into blessing! Laurie’s family was in a horrible car crash during her teenage years, and though she recovered in many ways, she still deals with lingering effects of that accident. A moving testimony of how God cares for His children, gently drawing them to Himself and sustaining them throughout every circumstance.


Just One Touch by Cynthia Conner Goyang
Fictionalized account of the woman who touched Christ’s garment — the same woman whose story inspired my own book. Eye-opening glimpse of the tremendous ways she probably suffered, and the unwavering confidence she placed in the Messiah. Inspiring, intriguing, convicting, and encourage. *Read my full review here.


Sick and Tired by Kimberly Rae
I cried so many times reading this short little book, because it felt like having a friend validate everything I’ve felt since being diagnosed with a long-term illness. Encouraging, comforting, and uplifting — and written from a Christian author’s personal experience with chronic illness. A must-read for those with chronic illness and their care-givers.


Affliction by Edith Schaeffer
Less specific to chronic illness, but invaluable for every Christian who faces suffering — in other words, everyone. Provides a wonderful study of God’s providence and goodness. Written from personal experience with physical affliction and an intimate knowledge of God. *Read my full review here.


21 Days to Finding Purpose in Pain by Stacy Williams
This 21-day devotional speaks to the emotional side effects of dealing with physical suffering on a daily basis. Stacy doesn’t gloss over the hurt, but speaks out of her own anguish of suffering, offering sound biblical encouragement to seek God’s Word for answers. *Read my full review here.


Will Medicine Stop the Pain? by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Laura Hendrickson, M.D.
Chemical or spiritual? Counseling or medication? The authors offer sound Scriptural advice, write from personal experience and a strong biblical background, for dealing with emotional problems in a way that both helps the sufferer improve and glorifies God. They also wisely caution against making medical changes without a doctor’s approval.



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