Carmen Leal understands that even the most loving, committed caregiver experiences a sense of isolation and exhaustion. The Twenty-Third Psalm for Caregivers reflects her sense of empathy. She has walked in those shoes, and writes: "A caregiver's job often seems thankless as we bath, feed, comfort, fight battles, cut through red tape, and give direction. I'm sure our heavenly Father, our Caregiver, often feels His job is thankless as He cares for us."Fifteen stories represent fifteen distinct facets of God's own character as He lovingly and gently shepherds us, including The Shepherd Who Cares...The Shepherd Who Directs...The Shepherd of Peace...and The Shepherd Who Heals. Carmen shares stories of her own caregiving experience, as well as the experiences of others who have walked this long, tiring road. Through it all, she weaves a golden thread of hope and healing. This is book 1 of an exciting new series by Carmen Leal. Beautifully designed and small enough to slip inside a purse or briefcase, it's inspirational reading at its best. Even for those who are not living the life of a caregiver, The Twenty-Third Psalm for Caregivers offers a beautiful glimpse into God's heart, and how completely and personally He loves us all.~Bonnie Bruno~
Understanding the power of telling a story, with this book Carmen Leal reaches out to help caregivers. She has written dozens of caregivers' stories simply and elegantly, and has added inspiring quotes throughout. Not only that, it is a lovely book to hold, with excellent binding and thick, smooth pages. It makes a beautiful gift.
What better place for caregivers to find support and encouragement than in the Shepherd of "rest, peace, hope, patience, courage, friends, protection, blessings and joy who cares, provides, directs, comforts, heals and loves" (from the chapter titles). The gift-book format, lovely illustrations, poignant stories and well-chosen quotes make this a book caregivers will treasure.
The Twenty Third Psalm for Caregivers is a graphically stunning book. The poignant stores, appropriate quotes and scriptures, and perfect hymns will draw anyone closer to the Shepherd. It's a perfect gift to give anyone who cares for someone in their family or even for caregiving professionals. Other books help teach how to be a caregiver. The Twenty Third Psalm for Caregivers helps individuals grow spiritually during the process.
One of the most difficult journeys a person can take in life is that of a caregiver. In her book, The Twenty-third Psalm for Caregivers, Carmen Leal speaks of this role from experience after caring for her first husband, David, who suffered from a terminal neurological disease. Through Scripture, inspirational quotations, and stories of people who have been there, Carmen offers comfort and hope in this beautiful gift book. One little boy sums it up by saying, The Lord is my shepherdand thats all I need to know!Susan Titus Osborn, director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service, author of 28 books