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Chronic Love: Trusting God While Suffering with A Chronic Illness

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Unfortunately in today’s world many people have bought into ideals like the prosperity gospel because of how attractive it sounds, but there is an entire group of people fully ignored and/or unjustly judged. I found this book to be highly encouraging by putting forth an eternal perspective without ignoring the daily battles people face with chronic illness. For true and lasting comfort we must dig deeper into God’s Word and the context in which those much-used passages were written. 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’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.

By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Allowed, perhaps, for surely no person would want God to be our puppeteer, mastering and controlling. 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.It is a mystery, but one that will never be discovered without accepting it from God, as from His hand. I was blessed time and again while reading this book as I was reminded of the promises in God’s Word and how they apply to my life.

What about Hebrews 12:6 "FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES. 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). 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. For true and lasting comfort we must dig deeper into God's Word and the context in which those much-used passages were written.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. Saying that Gods will is chronic illness for some I find unbiblical and discouraging no matter all the good passings in this book. I read the Kindle version of Chronic Love which may have interfered with the structure of the book to some extent. Unless we are being conformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2) we will become the arbiters of God himself.

The word “chronic”, as the author explains, is often used in a more negative way as in chronic health conditions; Bartz, however, says that chronic is something that is always there, it’s not going to go away. This book taught me so much more about my battle with my chronic illnesses and that god put me through this for a reason. 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. If you or a loved one suffer from chronic illness or are a caregiver for someone who does, “Chronic Love” will minister to your heart and soul and give you strength for the journey. However, a God who walks with me, sometimes carries me through my chronic conditions, for Him I can only express deep gratitude and love.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. By reading "Chronic Love" I not only received an education of how to preach to myself in the midst of suffering, but was also taught what it looks like to not waste an education, or waste my suffering. It is as if she is walking with her readers through their journeys with chronic illnesses or caring for those with chronic illnesses.

Two of the main points that “Chronic Love” makes are that suffering makes us like Christ and also increases our dependence on God. We live in a fallen world, and aren't promised a pain free life, but Brooke reminds us that suffering draws us closer to the Lord. Soon after and while still in college, she married her childhood crush and began a volleyball coaching career.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. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. As Bartz reminds us, “[t]o have physical health but no salvation is the most fatal and terminal disease of all. As one who has chronic (and as yet undiagnosed) health issues, this book is a blessing and one I will probably purchase in paperback and refer to over and over again.

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