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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Chronic pain and illness pushes a person overboard, grasping for the lifeboat--but each time a hand reaches out--the boat gets a little further away. Pain can torment a person's dignity and self-respect until they lose sight of the shore.  I know this because I live with chronic pain. I also know that when we strive for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual balance, we are better prepared to confront challenges we experience. What better time than spring to grow anew and cleanse ourselves of the negative dialogue that threatens to take over who we are. Following are a few thought provoking questions you will find in the ninety-one days of Spring Devotions in the Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain series.  
How do I view mother earth?
Why is it important to read labels?
What is important to use as a teaching tale?
What dragon needs my attention today?
What should be at the top of my list for my next doctor visit?
Is there something I did over the past week that affected this outcome positively or negatively?
I can learn to accept the things I cannot change.
How can I be mindful?
How can I turn a weakness into strength?
What contagious behaviors do I want to imitate?
How and what can I pay forward?
Who are the people I admire most, and why?
What trials can I provide as testimony that strengthened me as a human being?
How can I use spiritual meditation as a way to build my relationship with others and myself?
I am inspired by those who take this journey with me, those who encourage me to write. I look forward to hearing about how Spring Devotions inspired you to join me in embracing changes that perpetuate healthy strategies and help us bud into a new way of thinking. When we devote ourselves each day, we travel to new places and cultivate self-strength and well-being.

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"Chronic pain can be devastating and all consuming. In Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain, Spring Devotions, patients will find a way to cope with pain and thrive in spite of it. The lovely quotes, beautiful pictures, and words of wisdom are inspiring. The information and workbook give a step-wise approach for practical ways to lower pain levels and make it more manageable.
Following the daily devotions makes it easier to deal with pain in a thoughtful manner, which does not overwhelm. What is this book about? This book allows us to cleanse ourselves of isolation, rejection, self-loathing, anxiety and a myriad of other symptoms of inappropriate coping. We will embrace change and perpetuate healthy strategies that improve our relationships with others, and give us hope... Read this book and you will."
~Dr Robin Miller, MD, Sharecare Editorial Advisory Board Member, Internal Medicine and serves as the medical director of Triune Integrative Medicine in Medford, OR. She has produced the award-winning health series, "Is there a Doctor in the House", Â, and is the author of Kids Ask the Doctor and the co-author of  The Smart Woman's Guide to Midlife and Beyond: A No-Nonsense Approach to Staying Healthy after 50.
"We are all subject to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune; they are around us, in a space we do not control. This book is a gentle, yet forceful reminder that the best defenses against them reside within- in a space we do control, welling up from resources we can learn to cultivate. Hope here is equally soft and irresistible, much like Spring itself."
~Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center
"As a neurosurgeon committed to treating people in pain, I am often consumed with the technical details of interventional procedures. Celeste Cooper and Jeff Miller, in their beautiful book Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain, Spring Devotions, remind doctor and patient alike that true healing comes from the mind-body balance that can only be achieved from within. I recommend this inspirational work to all who deal with pain, especially in circumstances that call for using advanced technological treatments, to help them center the psyche and recruit the spirit in the journey toward health."
~William S. Rosenberg, MD, FAANS, Neurosurgeon, and Founder of the Center for the Relief of Pain Kansas City, Missouri
"Too often, we respond to chronic pain is by looking outside of ourselves to find cures, as dictated by our predominant biomedical model, overlooking the innate ability of our bodies to heal themselves, if we just "get out of the way". This beautiful book is chock-full of guidance for doing just that: accessing the still, small voice inside so it can guide us to healing. It reminds us why we really need to use a 'biopsychosocial-spiritual' model of pain. Thank you for this valuable resource!"
~Dr. Bob Twillman, Ph.D., FAPM, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy, American Academy of Pain Management, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Kansas School of Medicine
"The spring Devotions is like a relaxing massage for the mind. Filled with comfort and words of wisdom, it is a wonderful journey through the season, providing hope in the power of one's own ability to travel to a place of healing. I wish I could give a copy to each one of my patients."
~Susan E. Opper, MD, Medical Director of Saint Luke's Pain Management Services, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Assistant Professor University of Missouri Kansas City
"Broken Body, Wounded Spirit Balancing the See Saw of Chronic Pain" one of four seasonal daybooks' holistic approach to chronic pain challenges is a powerful tool to everyone dealing with these issues. It is a self-empowerment tool, making you the cartographer in the adventure of your evolving future.
My 20 years of working with people challenged by chronic pain issues have revealed to me just how deeply the mind, heart (emotions), and body are intertwined and how a holistic approach is a powerful one. Often our mind drives us to push, push, push because of old programming in our lives. This habit overrides the body's requirements, and needs to be untangled. This book will support and help you get back in touch with your body', so you can become an 'ally' rather than a brutal taskmaster. You can re-learn how to 'play' with your body, rather than dictating to it. This book's advocacy of Tai Chi is just one of the many insightful and valuable gems it has to offer everyone dealing with chronic pain."
 ~Bill Douglas, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong,  2009 Inductee to the Internal Arts Hall of Fame in New York, and Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.
"Celeste Cooper and Jeff Miller have given us a great way to begin our day. As a chronic pain patient, I take one day at a time facing new changes and challenges. Spring is a season full of new beginnings and opportunities and this book combines stories, pictures, prose, and quotes that motivate us, inspire us, and provoke us to answer questions that challenge us to look both internally and externally. The authors encourage us to journal, and by doing so, commit us to a positive, healthier self. Spring Devotions provides us the necessary tools for our arsenal in the combat against chronic illness."
~Melissa Swanson, freelance writer, patient, advocate, moderator of the Facebook group "Fibro Warriors ~ Living Life", and blogger
"This, the last of Celeste and Jeff's four seasonal devotions books, may just be the best of all. From its practical suggestions to its inspirational quotes and photos, Spring Devotions offers chronic pain sufferers daily bite-sized, easily digestible tidbits that educate, encourage and empower us to take control of our health and our lives. And as someone who likes to jot down personal thoughts in my devotionals, I especially appreciate the extra space for notes. All in all, Broken Body, Wounded Spirit...: Spring Devotions is a valuable asset for anyone living with chronic pain."
~Karen Lee Richards, Fibromyalgia Editor, Pro Health, and Chronic Pain Health Guide, Health Central 
"This is a truly beautiful book. It offers healing medicine for the body, the mind, and the heart. It will soothe your body with its many practical tips for minimizing physical pain. It will open your mind to new ways of framing your experience so you can live a full and purposeful life despite your health challenges. It will open your heart to your potential to be kind and loving so you can wrap yourself in a cloak of compassion for yourself and others. This is a book to keep close by, always."
~Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick and How to Wake Up.
"Celeste and Jeff have produced another gem. For those currently disabled by pain and poor health this is a traveling companion to lighten your load, and it is from someone who is on the same path. Celeste has lifted herself up from her own illness to reach out to others with compassion. Her strength amazes me. She is an inspiration to me. This beautiful book is filled with valuable advice, wisdom, and generosity of spirit. It belongs in the pocket of all who suffer, and all who care for them."
~Dr John Whiteside, MBBS, Fellow of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.
"The Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS) is dedicated to transforming the way pain is perceived, judged and treated. With more than 100 million Americans living with chronic pain, this book will play an important role in that transformation, especially for those living with pain. 'Spring Devotions' offers hope, inspiration, and education. Thank you, Celeste and Jeff!"
~Cindy Leyland, Project Director, Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy, a program of the Center for Practical Bioethics
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Product Details

  • Series: Spring Devotions
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: ImPress Media (March 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615958664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615958668
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,817,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celeste Cooper Biography

Celeste Cooper is a retired registered nurse and lead author (co-author Jeff Miller, PhD) of several self-help books for coping with, and managing, chronic pain and illness. She is also a contributing freelance writer on chronic pain and fibromyalgia and writes a blog.

Celeste is a participant in the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy, and a member of the citizens/patient leadership group "Relieving Pain in Kansas City", also an initiative of the Center for Practical Bioethics. She believes in the need for patient outcome based research on pain that includes contributions by patients.

Through her books, writing, and advocacy, she hopes to move forward the effort for not only coping with chronic pain and illness, but also changing the way pain is perceived, judged, and treated.

On a personal note, Celeste, like you, knew she had to find a way to redefine her goals and find things she could continue to enjoy so pain would not define who she is. She once loved downhill skiing, dancing, teaching racquetball, extreme hiking, and more. Writing has allowed her to not only help others, but also help herself. Now she turns her attention to family, enjoying those good days and redefining dance through the gentle movements of T'ai Chi. She has found intuitive ways to appreciate her love of nature through poetry and photography. So, please take a moment to visit her website, created for you, her readers, and for those who share this intimate journey.

More about her books at http://www.celestecooper.com/books.html

May our spirit fill us with understanding of victory and defeat, the gift of collaboration, the wisdom to choose the right path, and opportunities to inspire hope. In healing, Celeste

Website http://CelesteCooper.com
Blog http://fmcfstriggerpoints.blogspot.com/
Health Central http://www.healthcentral.com/profiles/c/662034
Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy: http://PAINSproject.org
Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/FibroCFSWarrior
Linked-In http://www.linkedin.com/pub/celeste-cooper/31/544/391
Google+ Profile https://plus.google.com/109446308322344388396/posts?partnerid=gplp0
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/celeste.a.cooper
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Tired of reading the pain stories of others, and having a library, at this stage, of what I find dogmatic or failing empathy for those who live with daily pain, I've been delighted to come across Celeste & Jeff's Seasonal Devotions.
No, they're not religious-based treatises, they're wonderful handbooks, suggesting how to be gentle with oneself & use Nature as an aid. Practical advice is excellent.
Because I have them on Kindle, I keep a notebook on standby. Interesting to read back one's comments & see change.
Pain self-management is in our own hands.
Change my attitudes and change life...
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Very interesting and thought provoking reading. Easy to read too which is important for CFS sufferers. Would recommend this for individuals and their families.
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Excellent book. Well written. Very helpful.
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I did not like this book because I thought it was a Christian devotional for those dealing with chronic pain. However, it was a new age devotional and since I'm not a new age thinker, I did not enjoy this book.
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