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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Non-Fic Pic: The God of All Comfort

Hey rgz,

As I was down with a lupus flare this last September to April, I read many books on peace and comfort. This one rose above the stack with its devotions of encouragement for those living with chronic illness.

In The God of All Comfort, by Judy Gann, my own feelings were confirmed, and then I was lifted by truth. A simple example is loneliness. As illness continues, friends and family must resume their normal lives, so there are extended periods of being alone for the chronically ill. Gann quotes Henri Nouwen:

"To live a spiritual life, we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into the garden of solitude."

Short examples of Gann's own suffering, along with a few others living with illness, are followed by truthful reminders, prayers, and quotes. The work itself is a comfort in the reminder of God's comfort.

If you or your loved one live with physical difficulty, find solace in The God of All Comfort.

The God of All Comfort
by Judy Gann
Living Ink Books

LorieAnncard2010small.jpg image by readergirlz


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