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

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

by Marva J. Dawn
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Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
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Being Well When We're Ill: Wholeness and Hope in Spite of Infirmity

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806680385
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 864,264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Loss and Finds     1
Loss of Dreams-God's Larger Story     14
A Vacuum without God-Spiritual Practices     24
Meaninglessness-Looking for Grace     39
Loss of "Innocence"-Lament     52
Retribution and Other Bad Ideas-Biblical Theology     67
Making God Too Small-The Mysterious Love of the Trinity     80
Loss of Trust, Bitterness-God's Discipline     91
Loneliness-Community     103
Physical Pain-Ministry to Others     115
Unproductivity-The Mysterious Workings of God     130
Worry-Gratitude, the Peace of God     141
Boredom-Solitude and the Glory of God     154
Side Effects-Strengthening What Remains     165
Wrong Perceptions and Expectations-Truth-Telling     176
Regrets-Forgiveness     188
False Guilt-Medicine Is a Stochastic Art     203
Depression-Medical Gifts     211
Dying-Dying Daily and Well     224
Loss of Certainty-Redemptive Suffering, Eschatology     237
Infirmity and the Trinity's Larger Story     250
Epilogue     261
Resources on Suffering, Evil, and Healing     265
Other Works   Marva Dawn     267
Notes     270

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