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

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 wholeness and 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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By Jeff · ★★★★☆ · March 26, 2014
This is one of the more complete books on suffering that I've read, and pertains directly to dealing with chronic suffering. The book is thoroughly Biblical and steeped in Scripture. And although I disagree with much of her theology (I'm Reformed, she's Arminian or something along those lines, bu... ...more
By Givenpreciousjules (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · June 07, 2010
If readers are Spiritual and have already been applying God’s word in their lives concerning battling chronic pain issues they might not initially feel this book will introduce anything transformative in regards to creating spiritual tools for themselves when coping. I however, while keeping my m... ...more
By Casey (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · February 27, 2010
Great book on both the losses and the blessings of chronic/ serious illness. I felt like it could have been edited a bit more as it felt somewhat repetitive at times, but so helpful and so important. ...more
By Sarahmarie (Bellingham, WA) · ★★★★★ · March 01, 2014
Amazing, amazing. Loved this book and will return to it in the future. Solid theological and compassionate response to those in chronic pain, and for those who are caregivers. ...more
By Jami (Palo Alto, CA) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 04, 2010
Great premise, but the vocabulary was a little hard to reach. Church language that I didn't understand, but the ideas behind them were wonderful! ...more