Because You Care: Spiritual Encouragement for  Caregivers  -     By: Cecil Murphey, Twila Belk
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Because You Care: Spiritual Encouragement for Caregivers

Harvest House Publishers / 2012 / Hardcover

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* Are you struggling in your role as a long-term caregiver? Here's a breath of fresh air! Laced with personal stories, gentle wisdom, and stunning nature photographs, this practical guide addresses topics such as feeling guilty for doing too much or too little, watching a loved one fight through difficult days, and more. 48 pages, hardcover from Harvest.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0736943285
ISBN-13: 9780736943284
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

Beloved authors Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk know that caring for an ill or elderly loved one can be very difficult--and yet inspires a deep sense of love and peace of mind. Beautifully written and laced with stunning photos by nature photographer Betty Fletcher, this book is full of gentle wisdom and personal stories that help the caregiver with such matters as

  • feeling guilty for doing too much, too little, or nothing at all
  • answering other people's well-meaning but insensitive questions
  • watching a dearly loved one suffer through difficult days

Because You Care is a breath of fresh air for those who are in a long-term care arrangement. Here they find practical help, sweet encouragement, and holy inspiration.

Author Bio

Cecil Murphey is an international speaker and bestselling author who has written more than 100 books, including New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper). Cecil has served as a pastor and hospital chaplain for many years, and through his ministry and books such as When Someone You Love Has Cancer, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, and When Someone You Love No Longer Remembers, he has encouraged thousands. Twila Belk, known as the Gotta Tell Somebody Gal, loves to talk! She is a popular speaker, writer, teacher, and Cecil Murphey’s manager and publicist. As director of the Quad-Cities Christian Writers’ Conference, she coaches other writers and speakers. She and her husband, Steve, have three children and live in Iowa. Betty Fletcher is an editor, writer, and photographer with 25 years of publishing experience in the Christian trade. Her photography is featured in Gentle Prayers for Hope and Healing and Because You Care. She makes her home in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Editorial Reviews

"Caregivers also need encouraging. Cecil Murphey's and Twila Belk's book, Because You Care does just that. The reader discovers they are not alone—others are experiencing what they are experiencing. Also, the book is beautifully illustrated with photographs by Betty Fletcher. If you know someone who is a caregiver (and that may mean you), this is a wonderful gift book to share with them."
—Dr. Carolyn A. Driver

"How much should I do for him? How will she know I truly care? What will the future hold? The authors' honest reflections on these and other questions provide empathy and inspiration to caregivers and those who love them."
—Marti Pieper, blog.martipieper.com

"Not only will this attractive gift book give caregivers solace to know they are not alone, it should stir compassion among those who stand on the outside."
—Ken Walker, writer and co-author of Winning the Food Fight

"Because You Care is an authentic look into the struggles faced when an ongoing medical disability strikes a family. I lingered on each page, finding companionship through the honest stories. Practical helps round out this book making it an encouraging read and gift for all care givers."
—Cindy Valenti-Scinto, speaker and author of A Heart Like Mine Trilogy

"Because they care, we have a treasured gift from Cec Murphey and Twila Belk. Coupled with stunning photographs by Betty Fletcher, these two authors share glimpses into caring for a loved one. Cec and Twila don't always paint a perfect picture of caregiver and that is something that resonates as real. They do, however, stand strong in their faith knowing God will see them through. I'm inspired by Because You Care and have it on my gift list for every friend who is a loving caregiver."
—Wendie Gabbard

"From diagnosis to dependence, caring for a loved one with chronic health needs is an uncertain road. This book provides insight as one would gain from a friend who has been there. Someone who has walked the road. Someone who is willing to be real about how he or she feels about it. With topics from guilt to grieving, this is the perfect little book to encourage a caregiver who needs it."
—Michelle Rayburn, MichelleRayburn.com

"God has a special gift for those who are feeling overwhelmed and inadequate to provide the care their loved ones need and deserve. It's a wonderful little book called Because You Care. The photos and words in this book will bring encouragement, affirmation, and blessing into your soul that could only be communicated by someone who has been a caregiver for many years. Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk have not had easy or simple lives. But they encountered God in the process and experienced His favor and blessings in ways they never could have if life was simple and easy. They have learned to believe, 'When I give what I have, God reminds me that it is enough.' If you are the caregiver, I give you permission to splurge just a little and pick up a copy of this book for yourself."
—Pastor John W. Smith, Confidential Coach, PastorCare Network

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  1. Grand Rapids, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A special Christmas gift for Caregivers!
    December 16, 2012
    Pastor John
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    God has a special Christmas Gift for those who are feeling overwhelmed and inadequate to provide the care their loved ones need and deserve. It's a wonderful little book called Because You Care. The photos and words in this book will bring encouragement, affirmation, and blessing into your soul that could only be communicated by someone who has been a caregiver for many years. Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk have not had easy or simple lives. But they encountered God in the process and experienced His favor and blessings in ways they never could have if life was simple and easy. They are real, transparent, and practical. They have learned to believe, "When I give what I have, God reminds me that it is enough." Do something special for the Caregivers you know this Christmas with the gift of this book. If you are the caregiver, I give you permission to splurge just a little and pick up a copy of this book for yourself. "You're doing the right thing for someone you love, and that gives you peace." Merry Christmas, Pastor John W. Smith, Confidential Coach, PastorCare Network.
  2. KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loving Words for Caring People
    April 6, 2012
    KitchenKid
    KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Because they care, we have a treasured gift from Cec Murphey and Twila Belk. Coupled with stunning photographs by Betty Fletcher, these two authors share glimpses into caring for a loved one. Both writers give us access to their fears, failures and feelings as they draw upon their faith in Christ. Cec and Twila don't always paint a perfect picture of caregiver and that is something that resonates as real. They do, however, stand strong in their faith knowing God will see them through. I'm inspired by Because You Care and have it on my gift list for every friend who is a loving caregiver.
  3. Mount Dora, FL
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Comfort--and Conviction
    March 16, 2012
    M. Pieper
    Mount Dora, FL
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I opened BECAUSE YOU CARE: SPIRITUAL ENCOURAGEMENT FOR CAREGIVERS by Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk (Harvest House, 2012), I expected to find a gentle, peaceful read—and I did. Beautiful photographs add to the book's overall aura of calm. But I also found something unexpected: conviction.

    As Cec, Twila, and selected others share thoughts about their own caregiving experiences, I reflected on the growing number of caregivers I know. The journeys described in this brief (48-page) volume challenged me to become more sensitive not only to those who require long-term care, but to the heart-breaking responsibilities of their caregivers.

    How much should I do for him? How will she know I truly care? What will the future hold? The authors' honest reflections on these and other questions provide empathy and inspiration to caregivers and those who love them. The prayers, summary statements, and practical suggestions presented in a brief, easy-to-manage format make this book a perfect companion for caregivers' busy lives.

    Thank you, Cec and Twila, for this thoughtful, transparent work. Next time I see a caregiver, I'll ask, "How are you?" before I ask about anyone else. I'll focus my prayers as much on the needs of the caregiver as on the one who receives care. And I hope to display more sensitivity to the delicate balance of the caregiving life.
  4. Fairburn, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Caregivers Also Need Encouraging
    March 2, 2012
    Carolyn Driver
    Fairburn, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Caregivers also need encouraging. Cecil Murphey's and Twila Belk's book, Because You Care: Spiritual Encouragement for Caregivers does just that. The reader discovers thay are not alone - others are experiencing what they are experiencing. Also, the book is beautifully illustrated with photographs by Betty Fletcher. The nature photos reflect well the message of the book.

    If you know someone who is a caregiver (and that may mean you), this is a wonderful gift book to share with them.
  5. Eugene, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Beautiful Encouraging Gift Book for Caregivers
    February 17, 2012
    samcivy
    Eugene, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Because You Care

    Spiritual Encouragement for Caregivers (gift book)

    Cecil Murphey, Twila Beck © 2012

    Photographs by Betty Fletcher © 2012

    Harvest House Publishers

    ISBN 978-0-7369-4528-4

    48 pp, Hdbk

    When we see people who are famous, generous, kind, wise and truly humble, we may think they live perfect, trouble-free lives. However, this book reveals a different experience for Cecil Murphey and Twila Beck. I've corresponded with Twila off and on and met Cecil several times. But until reading this lovely gift book for caregivers I never guessed their responsibilities and heartaches.

    Both have spouses with major health problems, so what they say in this book, they have experienced. The volume demonstrates these authors special gift of heartfelt writing and may bring tears to your eyes, tears of joy for the beauty of the book and for the glimpses of the authors' struggles. What you won't feel and they don't want is pity.

    Twila poignantly expresses the strong emotions she faces when people say "He doesn't look sick", when her husband drops and breaks a jar of tomato sauce in a grocery store aisle and feels the shame. Few people realize his muscles gradually are weakening and no cure exists for his disease.

    Cecil has spent years of his married life searching his wife's eyes, mornings, to see if her pain is worse or has abated somewhat. He deeply loves Shirley and naturally feels stress because he can't do more for her.

    Three other women add accounts to the brief essays in this book. Also included are two lists of practical suggestions about finding God's strength and what to do when a caregiver feels they can no longer cope.

    The photographs by Betty Fletcher enhance the entire volume in a gentle way.
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