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Chronic Love: Trusting God While Suffering with A Chronic Illness

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I read the Kindle version of Chronic Love which may have interfered with the structure of the book to some extent. As for the theology presented, and in an effort to discredit it by a few reviewers, I am saddened (and somewhat disturbed) that so many haven't learned yet, or are not willing to accept the amazing comfort of the theology of affliction, let alone the character of God revealed in scripture. He may choose to bring us healing, or He may not, and either way, we need to trust Him and rely on Him alone. Brooke desires for teen girls to come to faith in Christ and then live out their lives boldly and unashamed of the Gospel as they hold to their purity and stand for Jesus in their generation.

It has let me see how he too suffered, nailed to the cross and felt that he was forsaken by God, our Father and question why he also let him suffer.Each year Ambassador International works with a variety of talented, passionate authors using their gifts to change lives. 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. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. 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).

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. In stark contrast to one of the reviewers who said, "to think God “ordained” such makes me feel angry and rebellious against such a God," there is this quote by Charles Spurgeon who spent his whole life battling severe depression and gout.It is through the fall, that those things became a part of the human condition, not ordained by God as many understand the word ordained. She is the founder of Open Hearts in a Closed World Ministry and Conference and is involved in women’s ministry at her church. 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.

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. 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.Soon after and while still in college, she married her childhood crush and began a volleyball coaching career. I began reading “Chronic Love” by Brooke Bartz because I have suffered over the past 4 years with Chronic illness/disability which has made me want to give up and has tested my faith many times. Jesus told us we would face perilous trials and that even our bodies would feel the effects of the Fall.

For true and lasting comfort we must dig deeper into God's Word and the context in which those much-used passages were written. I received a complimentary copy of this book through JustRead Publicity Tours and was not required to post a favorable review.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. Saying that Gods will is chronic illness for some I find unbiblical and discouraging no matter all the good passings in this book. We hope that these conversations can offer a needed counterpoint to the often sterile portrayals of illness and treatment in the service of helping those living with illness to feel less alone; to offer supportive others a lens through which they may more sensitively meet the needs of their fellow humans with illness; and to raise awareness, curiosity, critical thought, and contemplations of change as we lean into issues that impose further hardship on humans living with illness. 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. 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.

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