Facing Illness Finding Peace

Nancy Groves

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I think this book will be a very valuable companion for those facing serious, life threatening illness, and also those caring for them. In enabling the reader to recognise his or her deeper feelings, allowing them to be felt and expressed, the book gives a real possibility of a healing journey with Jesus. Its approach is deceptively simple and in its short pages is profound truth and wise signposts for the journey to wholeness of spirit. I would heartily recommend it to anyone struggling with long illness, and also to anyone caring for a sick person for help in understanding feelings perhaps not expressed.
The Revd Christine Garrard, Senior Chaplain, Burrswood

Content

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.

As you walk with him, this book offers companionship along the way - a guide to understanding the emotional impact of serious illness, an encouragement to share your thoughts with a friend, family member, or church leader, a source of comfort for the days when you are weary from the struggle, a reminder of Jesus' everlasting love.

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Endorsements

I think this book will be a very valuable companion for those facing serious, life threatening illness, and also those caring for them. In enabling the reader to recognise his or her deeper feelings, allowing them to be felt and expressed, the book gives a real possibility of a healing journey with Jesus. Its approach is deceptively simple and in its short pages is profound truth and wise signposts for the journey to wholeness of spirit. I would heartily recommend it to anyone struggling with long illness, and also to anyone caring for a sick person for help in understanding feelings perhaps not expressed.
The Revd Christine Garrard, Senior Chaplain, Burrswood

Author info

Nancy Groves is a medical social worker with over twenty years experience as an educator and counsellor. She has presented seminars in hospitals, university and church settings on the emotional impact of serious illness and served on a state public health AIDS advisory board. She is based in the USA.

Reviews

Troy - Nancy Groves, a retired medical and social worker, "spent many hours listening to patients share their innermost thoughts and feelings" before writing her book, "Facing Illness, Finding Peace."

"Many times they felt it difficult to share with family because they did not want to burden them," said Groves, who worked for more than 20 years assisting seriously and chronically ill individuals and their families.

Groves said she thought to herself that "if I could write a book to help," it would not only give a way for chronically ill people to process their feelings, but serve to help family members understand what they are going through.

"I had a sense that I needed to do something like this, but I just wasn't sure how," said Groves, who today volunteers in the cancer care program of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac.

Groves explained that she "lifted it up in prayer" and told God "if you think this needs to be done, guide me."

Article by Elizabeth Wong Barnstead


I recently heard one of the presenters from Premier Radio read a section from the above book. I immediately ordered a copy from the internet and enjoyed reading the same thoroughly. I also got my husband to read it and have today posted the book to a friend to read and for her to share with her husband who has several health issues.

Although, thank God I'm healthy but found it extremely helpful to cope with my husband's health issues following a mitral valve op he had some years ago and other ongoing health issues; your book gave me a deeper understanding/patience of his struggles and occasional mood swings etc.

I think it's the best book on the market. I wish I'd known about its publication sooner. Every home should have a copy next to the Bible.

Reviewed by Josee Howman


From The Church Times - 18 October 2013

Most of us seek to avoid any thought of illness, and sometimes even deny it when it comes to us. Illness can be a time of deep crisis, not only to our faith, but also to our lives. Nancy Groves seeks to guide us through the emotional impact of facing a serious illness. This book is useful not only for people who are suffering, but also for their loved ones and all involved in caring. There are not many words to the page, and the Bible readings are no more than a few verses in each section. This shows that the author understands how illness often limits our attention span. Yet this is a book with deep riches, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.

We are told: 'Disease and suffering do not come from God. Rather illness is part of the mystery of human life on earth.' Illness is faced head-on, from the beginning of feeling ill through to diagnosis and the naming of the illness. We are encouraged to look at our feelings openly and honestly with another person and with God. Shock, anxiety, anger, depression, guilt, and shame are all faced in turn. Then the need for adjustments and the coming to terms with the feeling we are losing our identity. The last third of the book deals in turn with survival, healing, peace, and God's gift of peace. We are told that our reactions to our illness determine its meaning in our lives. Though friends pray for healing, they need also to face the reality that true healing is found 'in the glory of the resurrection'. Throughout, there is the reminder of the love of God and our own uniqueness, and that we are precious in his sight.

Reviewed by Canon David Adam, former Vicar of Holy Island


from The Good Book Stall - July 2013

What a very different book, written almost as a psalm of consideration, a poem of reflective thought in style, spacing and character it moves you along the journey of illness and dealing with it in a way that takes little effort to read and none to understand. It immediately launches into the heart of the fear and isolation of thoughts that the awareness of real illness can bring and for this it is an excellent book to give to someone journeying with personal illness. The illness is never named and therefore could be anything, though in sections it does tend to lead to thoughts of certain illnesses. Each chapter or thought poem as they may be better termed ends with a few questions for personal reflection and a prayer. This book is written for someone dealing with the illness themselves and yet it also would work for those dealing with the illness from the outside too. For family members a serious illness often effects them in very real ways too and these reflections are open enough to work there too. This book would be a great way in to dealing with illness for anyone struggling.

By Melanie Carroll

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857462428
  • Published: 21 June 2013
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
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