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Illness, Resilience and Spirituality

Two years ago I began corresponding with Marguerite Bouvard. She was looking for contributors for an anthology on illness and faith. I offered to write a chapter about my family’s experience caring for our son during his treatment for leukemia.

We continued to e-mail back and forth. I wrote my chapter, and Marguerite edited the anthology that includes the stories of twelve people that refer to different faith traditions:Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Native American,Yoga.  The book is titled Illness, Resilience and Spirituality.

Now I have the book in hand, and as I read through the chapters I see vulnerability as well as resilience. The book is not theological. It is the way twelve people have encountered illness and death, along with the questions that come with human frailty.

A serious illness leads to a search for hope. Some chapters have a perspective that seem self reliant. Other chapters find hope through the Bible and prayer. A couple of chapters mention how the faith of a grandmother was influential. 

Victoria Molt’s account of faith and prayer through mental illness touched me. My brother’s illness has sensitized me to the isolation that many with mental illness experience. 

The importance of a faith community stands out in many of the chapters. 

The chapter that I wrote is the first in the book and is titled, “Prayers Through Illness and Loss”. The book is available on Amazon. 

This post is linked with Booknificent Thursday and Literary Musing Monday

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

8 Comments on “Illness, Resilience and Spirituality

  1. Another book to add to my TBR list. It sounds like it is right up my alley. I love to read different perspectives and resilience is of special interest to me. Thank you for the recommendation.

  2. Hi Carol,
    Lovely post! Visiting from #LMM Link up today.
    Thank you for the review, this book sounds interesting as I lost my son because of full term placental abruption & my late husband to brain cancer (Glialblastoma multiform grade 4) & now have chronic health conditions myself so I am not a stranger to relying on my faith in illness. 🙂

    You’re most welcome to drop by for a cuppa,

    1. Jennifer, I am sorry for your loss. I pray that you have experienced the peace and comfort that God can give. I am pleased to meet you and enjoyed visiting your lovely blog!

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