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Chronic Love: Trusting God While Suffering with A Chronic Illness

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Ever since I have become Mental Health Advocate and a try to be the voice for the silent and to END THE STIGMA.

As Bartz reminds us, “[t]o have physical health but no salvation is the most fatal and terminal disease of all. It is evident that the heart of this author is for God, and the reader, and for those of us who suffer chronic disease and disability.I highly Recommend this book to anyone who suffers from chronic illness, knows someone who does, or anyone who would like to be encouraged by the rich theology and inspirational words that can be found in this book. For women dealing with chronic illness, most books offer quick-fix counseling or devotional verses taken out of context, helpful only for momentary encouragement. I can keep going on and on about this amazing book, but you get the idea of the meaning behind this book, as well as how helpful it will be to everyone reading it.

In Chronic Love, Brooke Bartz reveals a deeply raw and descriptive account of life with a chronic and debilitating illness, and she shares with readers how comfort and strength can be found through the Truth in God's Word. For true and lasting comfort we must dig deeper into God’s Word and the context in which those much-used passages were written. However, something that we often overlook is that if we belong to the Lord, we already have the cure! Unless we are being conformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2) we will become the arbiters of God himself. I have lived with MS for 20 years and Brooke’s book touched me and hit me hard just knowing I’m not alone.I appreciate that Chronic Love goes much deeper into the life of author Brooke Bartz, teaching readers how to deal with the chronic illness each of us face daily. We live in a fallen world, and aren't promised a pain free life, but Brooke reminds us that suffering draws us closer to the Lord. What about Hebrews 12:6 "FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES. I highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from chronic illnesses or cares for someone who has chronic illnesses. I am not sure I would place this is my k-12 Christian school library unless it came to my attention that we had a secondary female student who suffered from a chronic illness.

I so needed this book as I suffer from chronic illness and my faith has waned and my walk with Christ diminished as I wallow in my despair. Allowed, perhaps, for surely no person would want God to be our puppeteer, mastering and controlling. Yet disease was not always her close companion; in the years before her diagnosis, she grew up playing sports and earned a full scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. God had a plan to put me here to help others for the chronic pain and save any lives I can for those that almost ended theirs.Brooke desires for teen girls to come to faith in Christ and then live out their lives boldly and unashamed of the Gospel as they hold to their purity and stand for Jesus in their generation. There is so much more about Christ suffering in us, feeling our infirmities, being under the yoke and bearing the burden of our afflictions and our anxieties. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12 it was the Lord that afflicted His servant with this thorn in the flesh, to remind him of his fallenness, his weakness, and his utter dependence upon divine mercy. Living with rheumatoid arthritis and gastroparesis, Brooke desires for women to know the truth about the God who loves them and is with them each day as they face disease and disability; she shares the Truth of the Bible as their ultimate healing. Two of the main points that “Chronic Love” makes are that suffering makes us like Christ and also increases our dependence on God.

The idea that God ordains chronic illness, gives it to people for His purposes is utterly disagreeable for me. This year I have endeavored to stop waiting for my conditions to improve and really persist in glorifying God more than ever in spite of the pain and symptoms, so this book was a very timely read. Jesus told us we would face perilous trials and that even our bodies would feel the effects of the Fall.Chronic Love shows women how they can rely on God to get them through their days and all their obligations. For the past seven and a half years, since age 24, I have been battling chronic illness, and one diagnosis follows another in a domino effect as my body continues to fail me. This book was fully saturated with scripture and was a huge encouragement to those who suffer daily.

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