Times of need
Sometimes life seems to be going well, while at other times life is painful and God can seem distant. The books below are written to help in hard times, to show that there is hope in the midst of difficulties.
The Upper Room Bible Reading Notes also contain an index of meditations which can help us in various life situations or when struggling with emotions.
This book approaches dementia from a number of angles: biological, psychological, sociological, and theological. After an introduction explaining the multifaceted nature of this set of conditions, some possible theological responses are offered to such questions as: what is the nature of human identity? How can someone with severely impaired cognition have a full spiritual life? The book's final two sections are predominantly practical, addressing the spiritual care of the affected individual and how to help churches support affected individuals and their carers. This final section includes resources for ministry in residential care homes.More info Add to basket
This book of 18 undated reflections draws comfort and encouragement from the Bible and from the author's own experience for those going through life-limiting illness and for their family and carers. With moving vulnerability and without denying the difficult reality of the situation, Rachel Boulding suggests a way to confront terminal illness with faith and hope in a loving God.More info Add to basket
Whether we are going through a period of being house-bound through ill health or facing a short or longer stay in hospital, we can find help and consolation in the Bible. This book offers 24 undated reflections drawing on a range of relevant Bible passages, and offering ways of connecting more closely with God and drawing strength, peace and security from the knowledge of his presence with us.More info Add to basket
What does bereavement feel like? What helps us endure the dark days? How can we grieve so as to be comforted and, in our own way, recover and create a new life for ourselves? These Bible readings are for all who are going through such times, as well as those wanting to support others who are bereaved.More info Add to basket
Forgiveness is central to our faith because it is central to life. No relationship can survive without the ability to forgive, but sometimes we are hurt so deeply or so often that forgiveness appears impossible. This collection of inspirational true stories demonstrate the healing power of forgiveness through ordinary people's experiences of war, crime, terrorism, betrayal, relationship breakdown and the uncertainty of life's path. Aimed at both individual reflection and group study, each story is followed by thoughts from a practitioner or church leader, which can be used to open a conversation about what you've just read, and questions to help you think about the wider issues raised.More info Add to basket
In this book Wendy Billington gently explores ways of helping people remove the 'I'm fine!' mask and grow through the challenges posed by issues such as loneliness, low self-esteem and parenting pain, as well as a variety of addictive behaviours. Those struggling with particular problems in their lives may feel they can't be honest about their circumstances even - perhaps especially - in a church context. Isolation, shame, and anxiety about how others will perceive them can add to their difficulties, compounding them with a sense of being locked in with the problem.More info Add to basket
Ill health affects us all at some time in our lives. For many of us, the duration is short, and recovery is soon. Others must come to terms with a chronic progressive disease, or a life-threatening illness, which becomes a continuing part of life. The road ahead looks to be filled with fears, apprehensions, and anxieties, and too often, you may feel that you travel alone. And yet, from the beginning of the journey, the gentle voice of Jesus asks us if we will allow him to be our companion on this road.More info Add to basket
This book is not about living through infertility, as though this was a tunnel on the way to some ultimate destination of child-bearing. It is about living within infertility, continuing to have a spiritual life, and doing something more than simply sitting around waiting for a baby. My experience of infertility did terrible things to my relationship with God. I was angry and disappointed; I felt forgotten by God. But it didn't have to feel like that. God was with me even then. Whether you are going through infertility yourself, or supporting a friend or family member, this book brings the Christian experience of infertility into the wider context of the story of life with God.More info Add to basket
Some people like to be taken on mystery tours; others prefer to have a clear idea of where they are going, how long it will take, and where they will stop for lunch. This book is, in some ways, a bit of a mystery tour, exploring aspects of faith and truth through storytelling, reflection on Bible passages and quotations from other writers. At the heart of the narrative is the meaning of love: on the one hand, our hunger for it and often weary search to find it, and on the other hand God's breathtaking love for us.More info Add to basket
This book takes you on a quest through the bustling chaos of Middle Eastern city life and the drama of a youth-led revolution to endless stretches of rolling desert sand, and Bible places from the top of Mount Sinai to the shores of Galilee. This quest, along life's dusty detours, is in search of oases of all kinds - people, places, and little glimpses of eternity.More info Add to basket
When my life seemed burnt to ashes, the last thing I could cope with was reading lengthy Bible passages, yet the Bible contains many verses which encourage and comfort people who are grappling with grief and loss. This is a new edition of a BRF classic that has helped and comforted many people walking the hard road of grieving.More info Add to basket