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Prayers and Promises When Facing a Life-Threatening Illness: 30 Short Morning and Evening Reflections Hardcover – April 29, 2007

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Having a life-threatening illness is a constant reminder that today is precious. Prayers and Promises When Facing a Life-Threatening Illness offers encouragement and hope to those who suffer and those who love and care for them. Written by a fellow pilgrim on his own journey with Lou Gehrig's disease, this powerful and inspiring devotional guide offers thirty short reflections to nurture your faith and boost your strength. Each reflection is a small dose of spiritual truth to start or complete your day. Morning selections include a brief prayer and reflection. Evening readings are based on God's promises to encourage and enlighten you. Some of the prayers and promises include: * God, remind me that there is more to life than this disease. * God, give me strength to believe that you can heal me. * God, give me something to laugh about. * God, help me to leave a legacy for my family. * God, I don't feel like praying. After completing the thirty-day cycle, Dr. Dobson encourages you to repeat it again and again for continued spiritual nourishment that is needed during this time.

About the Author

Ed Dobson, pastor emeritus of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, serves as an advisory editor for Christianity Today and consulting editor for Leadership. He holds an earned doctorate from the University of Virginia, was named "Pastor of the Year" by Moody Bible Institute, and is author of numerous books, including Prayers and Promises When Facing a Life-Threatening Illness. He moved to the United States in 1964 from Northern Ireland and now lives with his family in Grand Rapids.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310274273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310274278
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just bought this book for my parents after my dad was diagnosed with cancer. Each day has refreshing truths dealing with circumstances and emotions revolving around a life-threatening illness. I appreciate Dobson's honesty. I just ordered two more copies, one for a sibling and one for me to keep at home. Great book for the one suffering from the disease and for those surrounding that person to understand what is going on emotionally.
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This is an excellent book and I would recommend it for anyone dealing with a terminal illness. I recommend it even if you aren't dealing with a terminal illness. It helps me to understand some of the struggles of those who are going through difficult times. The author is very transparent.
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An excellent devotional book that gets right to the heart of the matter when you are dealing with the news of terminal illness.
The author is honest in expressing his feelings, but always brings us back to God. Linda
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I read the book before I sent it out to a brother with ALS. It's my prayer that God will help this brother to rely more on His life as the author. I appreciate the straightforwardness and deep thinking shared by the author. ALS is described as a "terminal, non-irreversible and terminal" disease in this book and it reminds me of the aging process that everybody is experiencing, even adorable babies. I am sure I will think more of this book as I grow older or one day I am facing a terminal disease myself.
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what an amazing collection of prayers. I am using these readings, not as someone with a terminal illness, but instead caring for others facing death. I have already recommended the book to other Stephen ministers and friends' whose parents have terminal illnesses.
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This wonderfully spiritual book, written by a much-beloved pastor in my home town who is dying due to ALS, has helped a number of my friends and their families as death approaches. It provides comfort and the promise of God's Grace when needed the most.
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I bought this book for a friend who is dying of cancer. I thought it might bring him some inspiration and comfort. I thought he would accept what the author was saying because the author is dying from an incurable disease, too, so he has special credibility on the subject. A lot of insight and honesty in a small volume. The material is organized as daily devotionals--a reading for the morning, a reading for the evening--so it's not too much to deal with if you happen to have a serious health issue as well and are already coping with a lot. You don't have to be dying, though, to benefit from this book; it has nuggets of wisdom for everyone. I thought the book was so good on a sensitive subject that I bought extra copies and put them on a shelf, in case I have other friends in the future who might benefit from it. However, I hope those copies stay on the shelf and I never have an occasion to give them out.
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Those with life-threatening illness face a unique challenge spiritually. There is no greater test of faith than when we are asked to trust the promises of God when everything is wrong with our health and circumstances. Ed Dobson addresses this challenge from the trenches, and is honest about the despair he has experienced, and the times that he's been unable to pray. At the same time he shares Christ's faithfulness to him, and the hope that we have in Christ.
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