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
Carmen Leal's heart and motivation for writing "The Twenty-Third Psalm for Caregivers is undoubtedly 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 personified. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jeus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have recevied from God." Out of her own experience she offers nothing less than a balm for the soul--not just for caregivers but for anyone who is enduring a long and difficult trial of any type. This absolutely beautiful book in image, design and content connects the reader with The Comforter through personal anthologies, art, hymns and Scriptures. The perfect book to give to show you care.
Carmel Leal has given yet another frame to the much-loved Shepherd psalm--that of comfort and encouragement for those who fulfill the hard, often-forgotten role of care-giver. Sensitively laid out with snapshots of shepherding scenes, its full of tender, real stories of caregivers, including her own challenges with a spouse stricken with Huntingtons disease. I was touched by the honesty and practical tone of each chapter. For example, chapter 13 reminded me of my own personal shopping as a caregiver through the story of a boss who quietly provided her employees disabled husband with Christmas and valentine gifts to give his wife. Designed as a gift book, The Twenty-Third Psalm for Caregivers provides quiet way to say, I know what you are doing for your loved one. You are not forgotten.
If youre looking for sweet little stories, and simple, easy answers, you dont want to read The Twenty-Third Psalm for Caregivers. But if youre open to the reality of the hardship, the painand yes, the joy, of relying on the Good Shepherd as your caregiverthis book will inspire you.She writes: I wanted people to marvel at how I trusted God in every area of my life. I didnt however, want the trials that seem to go hand in hand with the faith (p 38). Some may write more eloquently, but Carmen Leal is genuine on the page. Or maybe thats what eloquence isthe ability to touch readers so they know she understands their pain. This truly is a book to encourage caregivers.
I highly recommend this book. It is small but powerful. As a caregiver it has helped me trememdously. It has so many beautiful helpful scriptures and sayings. It is a book you can read over and over and always find something in it to help.