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Prayers for Hope and Healing: Seeking God’s Strength as You Face Health Challenges Hardcover – October 1, 2017
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"When my husband was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in his mid-thirties, confusion and questions about a suddenly unknown future set in. How I wish we had a prayer guide such as Sarah Forgrave's Prayers for Hope and Healing to give us the words we lacked. The verses, thoughts, and prayers in this book are a balm for the soul. Whether you or someone you love is facing a medical crisis, this book offers truth and hope to anchor your heart and mind during these confusing times. With kindness and understanding, Forgrave guides you to the heart of the Father, who loves you deeply and reminds you He is near even though He may feel far away."
—Amelia Rhodes, author of Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community
"I had no idea when I first received a copy of Prayers for Hope and Healing how very personal this book was going to be for me. But now that I find myself in a fight against stage 4 lymphoma, I realize what a gift Sarah Forgrave has given us all. This is a book that will help you pray in the midst of struggle and crisis when you thought no more prayers were left. It's practical and compassionate, and it will encourage not only to those who are facing illness, but also those who love those who are facing illness."
—Dave Butts, president of Harvest Prayer Ministries and former chair of America's National Prayer Committee
"As a family physician, I have learned that true health is more than just a cured disease or medicated problem. Medical illnesses affect our relationships and challenge our faith. Pain and strife cause us to ask tough questions—the same tough questions that Sarah Forgrave addresses in Prayers for Hope and Healing. If we are honest with ourselves, we all have asked these questions—or will. This book is real and honest and points us to the One who has the answers and true healing. If you are going through difficult medical issues or love someone who is, I would recommend these prayers of hope."
—Andrew M. Cougill, MD
About the Author
Sarah Forgrave is an author and wellness coach. Previously, she worked as a CPA in corporate America for eight years before health complications from pregnancy changed the course of her life forever. Sarah lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children. www.sarahforgrave.com
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I read the book cover to cover, which was enjoyable, with a good flow of topics. The layout of the table of contents will be great for future reference. It lists the topics as "when you're..." and can be a quick guide to finding comfort for the theme listed. The chapters are short, which I prefer because it refocuses my energy quickly and reminds me of Christ's unfailing love and presence. Each section starts with an applicable scripture, reflection on the chapter theme, and an open, transparent prayer to God worded in "I and me" being the reader and "You" being God-which makes it a personal conversation between you and God. I found the words on each page directed your focus to Christ for healing, peace, rest, strength, patience, hope, love, understanding, and more. Honestly, I found this book similar to "Jesus Calling" books, but the chapters in Prayers for Hope and Healing, while still short, had more relevance and depth.
The Physical Book: This book would make a great gift for someone struggling with uncertain times or even a lovely coffee table book. The book is small, has a beautiful purple floral cover, and has one of those ribbon bookmarks in lavender color.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone struggling to make sense of the trial before them, because that is when hope waivers and distractions steal your joy. Prayers for Hope and Healing helps restore that hope and confidence that is shaken in tough times.
"Prayers for Hope and Healing" is Sarah Forgrave's debut book, and it is a little gift/devotional/prayer book for those facing health challenges. That's a tall order from a little book, but it delivers! So let me break down that part for you. This book is first of all, beautiful. It's smaller in size, hardback, and has a pretty bookmark ribbon in it. This wins you extra points when giving it for a gift. :) It's a devotional book, because each chapter has a short Scripture passage to open it and then a devotional reading. It's a prayer book, because each chapter ends with a specific prayer (and not a two sentence one) that ties to the chapter's theme.
For reasons I don't know but am grateful for, I'm not currently battling health challenges, but I read this book cover to cover, and I want to tell you what raced through my mind as I read.
I thought of my mom's hip replacement earlier this year. I thought of my husband's gallbladder surgery in January. I thought of my mother-in-law's ongoing battle with debilitating asthma. I thought of dozens of patients that pass through my husband's rehab hospital every week, both inpatient and outpatient, who are fighting huge battles to gain mobility and normalcy.
As I read from the perspective of those people, this book was spot-on. Sarah has faced some pretty big health issues, and so has her sister. From her own journey and walking alongside her sister, Sarah knows the frustration, discouragement, helplessness, hopelessness, and exhaustion that can come from long and short term illnesses. That shines through in her writing. She offers such compassion, sympathy, and hope in her words.
I also know (from the few times my health has caused problems) that you can know all the truths in the world, but to call them to mind proves difficult when you're overwhelmed by illness. Praying sometimes feels impossible. So Sarah's words, especially the prayers, are such a gift to those who might be out of words and in need of someone to stand in the spiritual gap for prayer and encouragement.
The chapters are short, so they aren't cumbersome to get through, and the topics are quite varied. Here is just a short sample of some chapter topics:
When You Feel Self-Conscious
When You Get Bad News
When You're Confused by Medical Jargon
When You're Scared of the Unknown
(There are 44 chapters in all.)
If you are battling a long or short term illness, you need this book. If you know someone in that boat, they need this book. It's a perfectly sized and priced gift. Get a box of them and hang onto them for that moment when you need something in a hurry and don't know what to possibly give that could be helpful. (Also perfect for church libraries, counselors, pastors, you name it!)
"Prayers For Hope and Healing" is the book for anyone going through chronic illness, a loss that is beyond your control, or a tragedy that leaves you feeling lost and alone. And the design? Gorgeous. Just the colors and floral pattern brings a sense of peace.
"Prayers for Hope and Healing" receives my "For Such A Time" seal of approval. This is a book you will want to give to others again and again. Sarah Forgrave is a gifted writer, and I wept healing tears as I read each devotional.
Forty-four readings with accompanying prayers, a lavender ribbon to mark your place, and words that serve as a healing, soothing salve for your hurting soul..."Prayers for Hope and Healing" is a treasure. My thanks to Harvest House Publishers for my complimentary copy, with no promised obligation in return.