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Perfectly Abnormal: Uncovering the Image of God in Chronic Illness Paperback – March 14, 2017
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About the Author
Chris Morris writes about redefining normal and building hope in the face of chronic illnesses and special needs. His writing is founded on the belief that circumstances don't prevent thriving, but create opportunities for God to demonstrate his goodness.
By day, he is the founder and managing partner of the creatively named accounting firm Chris Morris CPA, so Chris brings a unique analytic perspective to deeply emotional topics.
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Note: I received a copy in exchange for an fair and honest review.
And, "A unique strength comes only from overcoming challenges, a resilience only discovered in the middle of the fight, a durability that we can't replicate in the safety of a laboratory."
The author also talks about the myths that surround chronic illness, and responding to those who misunderstand the world of CI.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking to find encouragement amidst the struggle of chronic illness.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve always felt I was normal–until recently when two conditions came crashing in on me. The first was osteoarthritis–probably inherited, but nonetheless debilitating. I needed a hip replacement and both knees need replacing too. The second is congestive heart disease–discovered during the pre-op for my hip replacement. These two diseases threw me headlong into the realm of chronic illness and into the realm of being abnormal.
Chris Morris has written a wonderful book, Perfectly Abnormal: Uncovering the Image of God in Chronic Illness. Chris suffers from seizures and his daughter, Cynthia, has epilepsy and autism. His wife works in a pediatric oncology unit. Chris is clearly familiar with chronic illness and how too often we feel decidedly abnormal.
In the book, Chris discusses the issues that face those of us with special needs or chronic illnesses (SN/CI): why we feel less than enough, myths others tell us, myths we tell ourselves, and moving beyond myths into wholeness. I highly recommend anyone who has or knows anyone who has (SN/CI) to buy and read Perfectly Abnormal. (Click the name of the book to purchase.)
Chris tells us with blunt honesty what life is like for those of us who are “not normal.” He tells us the with great transparency how his heart has been broken at some of the attitudes, statements, and questions he’s received from those who don’t understand or don’t care to understand. He shares illustrations from his life and those of some SN/CI friends to show us what hurts can arise. But Chris also shows us the joy-the choice we have to be joyful and to find meaning in our lives as they are.
I found healing in this book. I acknowledged I do have a chronic illness. I have chemo-induced cardiomyopathy-congestive heart disease caused by the chemo I was given for breast cancer seventeen years ago. I can no longer do all the things I used to do because of this disease, but that doesn’t make me less of a person. Chris has shown me that I’m perfectly abnormal and God loves me just the way I am. Five stars, Chris, and a must read!
Chris Morris is a Certified Public Accountant who works with many authors and small businesses. “His writing is founded on the belief that circumstances don’t prevent thriving, but create opportunities for God to demonstrate his goodness.” Chris exemplifies that belief and gives that hope to others as well.
Chris Morris gifted me with a copy of Perfectly Abnormal, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
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