Pain can wrench us away from everything…if we let it!
About this Book:
Pain is one of life s most debilitating, depressing, and dark sensations. Chronic pain, relentless and ongoing, can make life seem almost unbearable. Pain can wrench us away from everything we love, people, activities, even God. Yes it can wrench us away...if we let it.
So begins Beyond Pain, an in-depth look at how people can not only live with pain but come to see it and all suffering with the eyes of faith. This is also a book about two remarkable, pain-filled lives from Scripture, Job and Jesus. The author believes that Job has much to teach those in pain. He is like each of us, she says, human and trying to do the right thing out of our flawed-but-faithful hearts. And Jesus, of course, is the prime example of accepting and embracing pain even as he died on the cross. Though many of us still need strength, courage, and self-awareness to build our faith and ministry, the author says, we have Jesus light to guide us, and his example to emulate.
This book challenges readers to follow the example of Job and most of all Jesus, in accepting pain and in believing there are many joys awaiting them, if they choose to reach out, look, hope and live...beyond pain. Her book is for anyone who lives with deep, life-altering pain and who wants to have more joy, faith, and purpose. As Job did. As Jesus did.
About the Author:
Maureen Pratt is the author of the book Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness, the syndicated Catholic News Service column Living Well, and is the host of the television show Peace in the Storm. She tries to encourage and inspire others to forge lives of meaning and grace with and in spite of serious health challenges.
What Are People Saying about this Title?
"In my opinion, this book is a must-read for anyone who has chronic pain or knows someone who has. Written with great clarity and compassion, this book offers firsthand insights on what a person dealing with pain goes through and provides empowering tips on how to move beyond the limitations of pain toward a more fulfilling life. Indeed, this book offers spiritual breakthroughs for anyone open to overcoming obstacles and doing more with his or her life. Uplifting, inspiring, and energizing, I think it has the potential to become a spiritual classic."
"When chronic illness or pain comes into our life, it can provide decades of learning opportunities. Oftentimes, we adapt and begin to think we have a handle on our emotions. But have you ever lashed out at a well-intentioned friend? Have you stopped making commitments or setting goals because you feel like the illness always wins? Has your life become vacant of purpose other than just surviving and seeing a long list of physicians? If so, Maureen Pratt's latest book, "Beyond Pain: Job, Jesus, and Joy" will help guide you through the steps of becoming the you who God desires you to be.
"Pratt's book has a deep message, yet it is not overwhelming for one in chronic pain to read. A few pages or a small section in one of her enlightening "boxes" can give you plenty to mentally gnaw on and pray about.
"Both Job and Jesus dealt with significant physical pain, yet neither loss their joy because it was based in who God is, not the circumstances they found themselves in. Pratt's book will lead you through scriptures, anecdotes, prayers and her own personal examples, to help you rediscover a joyful life, regardless of how much pain you are in.
"This is not a book to speed through as a quick read, but rather one to use as a tool in reflecting, journaling, and praying. If you fully use this book as it is intended, it has the potential to change your life."
-Lisa Copen "RestMinistries", (San Diego, CA) Amazon.com