Being Well When We're Ill Wholeness and Hope in Spite of Infirmity

ISBN-10: 0806680385

ISBN-13: 9780806680385

Edition: 2008

Authors: Marva J. Dawn

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Marva Dawn has an insider's view of the many spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical difficulties encountered by people with chronic illness and disabilities. She knows from experience how to nurture hope in spite of infirmity. Filled with insight and practical help, each chapter of Being Well When We're Ill focuses on one particular kind of struggle, such as worry, guilt, the loss of meaning, or the loss of confidence and trust that God is present and personally loving. Each chapter details one or more appropriate ''finds'' spiritual resources, emotional supports, intellectual answers, or practical solutions that enable a person with infirmities to persevere through them and to be well in spite of them. For each issue she explores, such as loss of dreams, loneliness, physical pain, depression, ingratitude, side effects and more, Dawn includes discussions of biblical texts not only texts that help lament losses but texts that bring wholeness. Readers will find themselves companioned in their sufferings and encouraged with new ways to surmount them.
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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 3/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Loss and Finds
Loss of Dreams-God's Larger Story
A Vacuum without God-Spiritual Practices
Meaninglessness-Looking for Grace
Loss of "Innocence"-Lament
Retribution and Other Bad Ideas-Biblical Theology
Making God Too Small-The Mysterious Love of the Trinity
Loss of Trust, Bitterness-God's Discipline
Physical Pain-Ministry to Others
Unproductivity-The Mysterious Workings of God
Worry-Gratitude, the Peace of God
Boredom-Solitude and the Glory of God
Side Effects-Strengthening What Remains
Wrong Perceptions and Expectations-Truth-Telling
False Guilt-Medicine Is a Stochastic Art
Depression-Medical Gifts
Dying-Dying Daily and Well
Loss of Certainty-Redemptive Suffering, Eschatology
Infirmity and the Trinity's Larger Story
Resources on Suffering, Evil, and Healing
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