Being Well When We're Ill: Wholeness and Hope in Spite of Infirmity  -     By: Marva J. Dawn
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Being Well When We're Ill: Wholeness and Hope in Spite of Infirmity

Augsburg Fortress / 2008 / Paperback

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The first volume in the Living Well series! Dawn, who has had her own share of health problems, offers a remarkable inventory of resources to help handle all manner of physical/psychological/spiritual dilemmas: meaninglessness, worry, bitterness, depression, loneliness, regret, pain, and more. 224 pages, softcover. Augsburg.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Augsburg Fortress
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0806680385
ISBN-13: 9780806680385
Availability: In Stock
Series: Living Well

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Publisher's Description

The first title in a new Living Well series provides support and practical help for the ill and those who are their caregivers.

Author Bio

Marva J. Dawn serves as theologian and educator with Christians Equipped for Ministry of Vancouver, Washington. Five of her books have been honored with a place on the Academy of Parish Clergy annual list of their top ten books, most recently in 2007. She is known throughout the world for her best-selling devotional and theological books and for her popular lectures on worship, ministry, and church and family life.

Publisher Description

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.

Publisher's Weekly

It is possible to be ill or live with a disability and still be well, according to theologian, educator and speaker Dawn. She should know. As a person with a variety of serious physical challenges, and who has grappled with emotional and bodily issues as well as theological and biblical questions, Dawn is a powerful guide for those who want to be well in spite of their medical conditions. While she has written about her disabilities in previous books, this one is a complete and helpful analysis of the implications of physical challenges, along with concrete spiritual, theological, and practical suggestions for dealing with them. Each chapter names one particular aspect of illness, such as loneliness, boredom, physical pain, regrets, bitterness or meaninglessness, and offers strategies for coping with them without sugar-coating or belittling the real struggles people face. Dawn also looks past the individual to offer a global perspective, making suggestions for addressing governments and health systems that further oppress those who are ill. Stories from the author's and other experiences offer readers the sense of being graciously companioned along a very difficult road. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Dottie Simonides
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    March 14, 2010
    Dottie Simonides
    This book is a masterpiece, and has tremendous value for all, even if we don't have serious health issues. We all have ailments from time to time. While acknowledging our limitations, Marva Dawn guides us to see how dearly God loves us, provides for us, and sustains us, and inspires us to use whatever we have for His service. I kept thinking of others with whom I want to share the book to encourage them in their struggles. A real faith-booster!
  2. Judith Kinney
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 9, 2008
    Judith Kinney
    Learning to exhibit---and extend---grace when you flat-out don't feel good is more than difficult. And often the last thing you really want to do. Marva Dawn's resource is just the support you need to get moving again! She writes from theological soundness and personal experience---and angst. Not a book to read all in one sitting. Thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating, and hope inducing. Highly recommended! Get several because you'll want to share.
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