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Chronic Love: Trusting God While Suffering with A Chronic Illness

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For me, I do not believe chronic illness or cancer or any other “negative” aspect of the human condition is the result of the fall of man ages ago in the Garden of Eden. Brooke's passion is spurring on the women God leads to her sphere of influence, inspiring their hearts to be a living testimony in Christ and a light in the darkness.

The necessity of trusting in the sovereignty of God is made clear, yet, the comforting love of God is also evident. Those of us with chronic illness are always hoping for a panacea, which the medical field just can’t provide. Ambassador International's mission is to impact lives by publishing books that magnify Christ and share the Gospel.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. 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. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Chronic Love” overflows with Scripture verses and an abundance of encouragement and affirmation for women in all stages of illness.

I was looking for more deep insight in living with chronic illness and the way out of making an idol of it, letting it take over life and lead into dark thoughts. It is as if she is walking with her readers through their journeys with chronic illnesses or caring for those with chronic illnesses. Even with that, I would recommend the book for the discerning reader for there is much to learn from author Brooke Bartz, who herself is well acquainted with chronic illness, sharing her love and compassion for others with passion and exhortation.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. Yet disease was not always her close companion; in the years before her diagnosis, she grew up playing sports and earned a full scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh, I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. Chronic Love” captured my attention because of its subtitle: “Trusting God While Suffering with a Chronic Illness”. Yet disease was not always her close companion; in the years before her diagnosis, she grew up playing sports and earned a full scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Mary Hardin–Baylor.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from chronic illnesses or cares for someone who has chronic illnesses. It would be a very sharp and trying experience to me to think that I have an affliction which God never sent me, that the bitter cup was never filled by his hand, that my trials were never measured out by him, nor sent to me by his arrangement of their weight and quantity.

Many of us would do as well for ourselves to handle the perplexities of chronic illness the way this author has. 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. Our Mission It is our intention to use this space as a platform to amplify the voices of humans navigating the fallout of chronic illness; to lend language to the complexities of our lives so that we can begin to share the unshareable; and to offer an honest glimpse into lives lived with and beyond illness. I received a complimentary copy of this book through JustRead Publicity Tours and was not required to post a favorable review.

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