Hanging On By The Scratch Marks My Nails Left Behind (Raw Faith)

Hanging On By The Scratch Marks My Nails Left Behind (Raw Faith)

by Elizabeth L. Chalker

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ISBN-13: 9781612151205
Publisher: Xulon Press
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Pages: 470
Product dimensions: 1.05(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)

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Hanging On By The Scratch Marks My Nails Left Behind (Raw Faith) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Chalker’s story as told in Hanging on by the Scratch Marks my Nails Left Behind (Raw Faith) is a poignant story of life as a normal, healthy young woman, engaged to be married, who is struck down into the chasms of deep, painful diseases (Lyme and endometriosis). Though her life eerily reminds you of the book of Job in the Old Testament, and she cries out similarly at times, yet she does not wallow in her condition. She spends many hours of deep intimacy with the Lord. She’s not superwoman, with hours and even days of severe pain, unrest and loneliness, but her goal is to reach people with the message of faith in Jesus Christ through her suffering and bring others to Him. Hanging On is an inspirational book, dealing with the following issues: Broken Yet Still Standing Embracing God Letters to loved Ones Over Time Poems and Mediations Seeing God Everywhere A Song from the Heart Will You Drink from This Cup? Each of these sections is personal and specific, encouraging and exhorting. There are multiple entries within each chapter that typify her walk with Lord, as well as hearing some of the raw pain through her writing, but the pain doesn’t override her goal. Yes, she cries out for healing as would any of us. She surely needs our prayers and if possible, finances to receive the help that’s needed. Though abandoned by her church, friends, and some family, she is not bitter. That spoke to me, as I have been abandoned through my illness, and her life lessons through the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin of bitterness. I saw myself in several areas. You will probably find yourself in her story as well. The amazing aspect of Elizabeth’s book is her forgiveness, love, joy, encouragement, etc. in the midst of her pain. Though I don’t agree theologically with all she writes, the essence of God’s sovereignty, love, and presence are very real, personal and intimate and are a challenge for all of us to get and stay in tune with the Lord. This book was proved free by Paulette Harper-Johnson in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received or exchanged.
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
This book is honest, truthful events in Elizabeth's life. Inspiration to everyone who reads it. I could relate to many things she went thru in my own life. Faith, never give up! Hope, yes there is always hope for a better life. Peace, finding peace within one's self. A must read !!!!! I loved reading this book and will read it again. Thank-you Elizabeth!!! Blessings~~Love~~Peace.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jorja Davis for Readers Favorite Elizabeth Chalker suffers from late stage lyme disease, probably fatal, offering nothing but a slow, agonizing death. Lyme disease is complicated and compounded by other serious health issues that have left her bedridden and mostly alone. In this roaring furnace where she experiences daily frustration, unbearable pain, and, like Job, unjustifiable suffering, she has found the time to walk with unbound faith and trust in God. In reading her book, the reader will first be a witness, and soon her friend. Then her story will become yours. At times, her cries to God for salvation are so powerful and passionate that the reader will have to stop reading to think. "Hanging by the Scratch Marks My Nails Left Behind" is a book to be read slowly and carefully. There is a force in Chalker’s book that moves faith from something on a page to a raw, living hope you know she has not asked. Chalker’s risk, trust, and unfinished faith lie bared to draw the reader into a relationship with the living God. Chalker writes her prayers, poetry and devotions with blunt honesty. The gamut of emotions will take the reader to the depths and heights of misery and joy. If you are hurting, crying out in anger or fear, this is a book that will walk with you into your most barren places. If you know someone who seems to be weighed down with their hurts and their needs, this book has a place on their shelf beside C. S. Lewis’s "The Problem of Pain" and Philip Yancey’s "Where Is God When It Hurts?" It is a terrible, dark place that can only be lit by God's grace in all the ways it comes.
Jaxson33 More than 1 year ago
Its real, vulnerable, honest...and applicable to anyone who is suffering with any serious physical illness or who is a loved one of someone who is suffering. It speaks to Raw Faith and fortitude amidst any life tragedies or trials -- and shows how honesty of heart leads us closer to His heart and character. it will encourage you, strengthen you, and inspire you!