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Posted May 28, 2011
When chronic illness or pain comes into our life, it can provide decades of learning opportunities. Oftentimes, we adapt and begin to think we have a handle on our emotions. But have you ever lashed out at a well-intentioned friend? Have you stopped making commitments or setting goals because you feel like the illness always wins? Has your life become vacant of purpose other than just surviving and seeing a long list of physicians? If so, Maureen Pratt's latest book, "Beyond Pain: Job, Jesus, and Joy" will help guide you through the steps of becoming the you who God desires you to be.
Pratt's book has a deep message, yet it is not overwhelming for one in chronic pain to read. A few pages or a small section in one of her enlightening "boxes" can give you plenty to mentally gnaw on and pray about.
Both Job and Jesus dealt with significant physical pain, yet neither loss their joy because it was based in who God is, not the circumstances they found themselves in. Pratt's book will lead you through scriptures, anecdotes, prayers and her own personal examples, to help you rediscover a joyful life, regardless of how much pain you are in.
This is not a book to speed through as a quick read, but rather one to use as a tool in reflecting, journaling, and praying. If you fully use this book as it is intended, it has the potential to change your life.
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