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Chronic Love: Trusting God While Suffering with A Chronic Illness

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Brooke Bartz is a stay-at-home wife and mom who lives daily with a chronic disease, knowing firsthand the daunting, gnawing physical and spiritual pain it causes.

Paul said the most stunning words, "For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him but also to suffer for His sake. I picked this book up primarily thinking of one of my relatives, but also because of a few others that I know who live with chronic illnesses. It wasn’t until this year that I truly accepted that despite treatments, beaucoup medications, and natural remedies, my body was not going to get better in the physical sense. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.Since the Bible very clearly says it is God who ordains suffering to even the choicest saints, it would be rebellious to assail God by words or arguments regarding any of His dealings toward us. While this is written in a conversational language that is easy to read, it took me several days to finish it because I found myself wanting to savor and ponder the Bible verses and the author’s perspective. Brooke’s passion is spurring on the women God leads to her sphere of influence, inspiring their hearts to keep their strength and hope at the foot of the cross, to trust in the Great Shepherd to one day heal them completely in glory, even though for now they are suffering on earth. I’d easily recommend this for people to read who either deal with illness themselves or know of others that do. Two of the main points that “Chronic Love” makes are that suffering makes us like Christ and also increases our dependence on God.

Not yet a Christian, she transferred colleges and attended an event for an on-campus ministry; as the Lord had planned, she heard the Gospel and He saved her. Something that struck me while reading was that when we bemoan our condition we are actually hurting God because we are going against His will for us; we know that He uses all things for our good and for His glory if we are His children (Romans 8:28). It’s so easy with chronic illness, and even when the pain and suffering are but for a short while, to give into the suffering instead of going to the scriptures for help and comfort.

Like Job, we may never know why we have chronic illnesses, but we can trust that our Savior knows and that He helps us to endure. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I so needed this book as I suffer from chronic illness and my faith has waned and my walk with Christ diminished as I wallow in my despair. I can keep going on and on about this amazing book, but you get the idea of the meaning behind this book, as well as how helpful it will be to everyone reading it. Living with rheumatoid arthritis and gastroparesis, Brooke desires for women to know the truth about the God who loves them and is with them each day as they face disease and disability; she shares the Truth of the Bible as their ultimate healing.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. My only complaint is that the author tends to state the same phrase of a Bible verse followed immediately by the Bible verse itself in the same terms, which becomes very repetitious, instead of paraphrasing first. I read the Kindle version of Chronic Love which may have interfered with the structure of the book to some extent. As I read, I realize I am perhaps delving into journal entries, as the author herself paid attention to what God was doing and enrolled herself into the school of affliction.This book was fully saturated with scripture and was a huge encouragement to those who suffer daily. We are by nature children of wrath and so every moment not being under His wrath, and having everything He permits work out to our good and His glory is grace and mercy, lavished.

Brooke's passion is spurring on the women God leads to her sphere of influence, inspiring their hearts to keep their strength and hope at the foot of the cross, to trust in the Great Shepherd to one day heal them completely in glory, even though for now they are suffering on earth. I have lived with MS for 20 years and Brooke’s book touched me and hit me hard just knowing I’m not alone.So, don't trust your feelings, embrace what Scripture says and what this author stays consistent to and enjoy these abiding truths.

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