Showing posts with label Pain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pain. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Healing Power of Pain & Memory - Book Review

A Crazy, Holy Grace

The author's knows what it means to deal with pain, grief, and grace from a child after his father committed suicide. He shares that God is near even when He is silent.

The author's best writings covering such topic as loss of a loved one.

Loss/death will come to all of us, but we are not alone. God's holy healing grace is always present and available if we are quiet enough to receive it.

Through the gates of pain we enter into joy.

It seems that pain and death are on the rise, lurking in the shadows, waiting to pounce, ready or not. Our lives are filled with freak accidents, cancer, and the steady decay of time. Stories of destruction and pain come at us from everywhere - our news, TV shows, movies, and social media sites - because fear and death seem to sell.

Simply put, suffering is universal.

We all have different ways of dealing with our pain, depending on what day it happens to be and how we happen to be feeling.

The author's mother had not only the suicide of his father but two other unsuccessful marriages. She lived to be a great age, and in many ways she remained a valuable person.

The author shares there could be a hundred and six other ways we have of coping with pain.

You don't have to talk about pain, but you have to live out of your pain.

Through the gates of pain we enter into joy.

God says He is with us on our journeys. He says he has been with us since each of our journeys began. Listen for God.

It is to choose to believe that the truth of our story is contained in Jesus's story, which is a love story. Jesus's story is the truth about who we are and who the God is who Jesus says loves us.

"And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart, and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the the way, and when you rise."

Frederick Buechner is the author of more than 30 books and has been important source of inspiration and learning for many readers. He has been awarded honorary degrees from institutions institutions including Yale University and Virginia Theological Seminary.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Destinations: Hope ..A Guide Through Life's Unexpected Journeys

Book Review Summary . Book Review Preview . Shellie Nichol . Pain . Hope . Radio Broadcaster . Radio Trip . Rest Stops . Detour . God's Journey . Inspiration

Beep ... Beep ... Beep

The hospital monitor beeps loud and constant with Shellie's beautiful son's heart attached at the other end. The beep stops. An alarm sounds. Kody is not breathing. The nurses rush in and yell for her son to breathe.

Shellie shares the most difficult parts of her life in her book. She also suffered from being physically and mentally abused as a child, molested, bullied, going through two divorces, fighting cervical cancer, losing a child, suffering from an eating disorder, experiencing panic and anxiety, ADD, OCD, and a doctor pronouncing a death sentence on her first born.

This was the very second her life changed and led her to the edge of the exciting ride down ... when her life would suddenly become a miraculous story.

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." 'Proverbs 16:9'

Shellie is glad for those who have decided to come on this journey with her. Shellie never gives up.

She wants to make sure we have everything we need. Grab a suitcase to all out travel essentials.

Tissue (for the tears that will sneak up on you)
Disinfectant soap (to wash away the stubborn stains)
Umbrella (for the rain will surely run into)
Band-Aids (to protect your wounds, so they can heal}
Your Great Big Book of Hope (Your Bible)
Sunglasses (the sun is going shine and it will be brrr-ight - that's God's promise, and her's)

One Way - Preparation

"All journey's have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."-_ Martin Buder

When we are children, our innocence allows us to pave the perfect road. We believe everything is perfect, that it will stay perfect, and nothing will get in our way.

There is no perfect road. God himself says: "For I know the plans I have for you; declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to to harm you, plan to give you a hope and a future"

So are you ready to jump in and discover God's plans?

Heather and her husband already had a son when they found out they were expecting twins. The names Rebekah and Rachel came to mind before she knew they would be girls.

Heather enjoyed dressing her girls up in the same outfits.

Then one fateful day, Heather discovered while changing her baby's diaper of her 18=month old baby something that did not appear right. Rebekah had to have a biospy which determined a rare form of cancer.

Rachel now 6, began to complain about back pain . Rachel began screaming in pain and asked to go to the doctor.

Rachel had leukemia, her bone marrow and spinal fluid.

Heather's mother lost all hope and died. She died of a broken heart,

Miraculously, despite the aggresive treatments, Rachel suffered no side effects at all: God had answers these prayers.

Are you ready to ask God to take over? Do you trust ?Him?

Breakdown Lane - Feel - Do


Think - Feel - Do

Most traveled is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering the reality by more to do with losing your luggage. _ Regina Nadelson


Thin - Feel - Do

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight" Proverbs 3:5-6

She became a Christian at the young age of 6. She fell in love with Jesus. She rode her bike to Church all alone.

Wrong Way


Thin - Feel - Do

"Certainly. travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanence, in the ideas of living _
Mary Ritter Beard

Well, I know we may be weary and tired of driving, but we still have a long way to go before we can rest. She promise to speak only the truth, and the truth hurts sometime.

They were dealing with health issues about Kody = which were terminal.


Think - Feel - Do

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:18

I'm sure you're feeling like we need to rest a while longer before hitting the road again.

High Water


"Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffer harms." Proverbs 13:20

Are you feeling better about your struggles? Are you sensing the power of hope?

Travel Buddies
But Oh, thank God for the Travel Buddies - Those wonderful people placed in your path who stick like glue.


Think - Feel - Do

"Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place." _ Mandy Hall



Think - Feel - Do

merry-go-round, you see a lot of the scene.

The author, Shellie Nichol hosted the radio show, 'Amazing Hope' on Salem Network's KFAX in San Francisco for over a year before launching her own channel on Amazing Hope Radio is one of the fastest-growing Christian radio stations on currently ranking #7 in the Christian genre and #280 in all genres (out of 6,000 stations).