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Chronic Illness: Walking by Faith

(31-Day Devotionals for Life)

4.80  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Chronic illness disrupts lives and leads to innumerable losses. Physical symptoms and limitation change all aspects of life, leading to unique challenges that are difficult to navigate. Thankfully, God provides his presence, counsel, and eternal perspective to help people in times of physical and emotional suffering. This 31-day devotional by biblical counselor Esther Smit ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 6th 2020 by P & R Publishing
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Rachel Lundy
This is an excellent devotion book by Esther Smith. It is filled with rich, biblical truths to help you live a godly life with chronic illness. Esther shares kind encouragement and practically helpful tips. Whether you are new to the chronic illness life, or you have been suffering from chronic illness for many years, you will find help and insight within these pages.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a gift. I am so thankful for the encouragement it has been to me.
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I am reviewing this 31-day devotional as an ARC.

I like it a bunch.

I am not someone who suffers from chronic pain, but I have spend the last two years in burnout-induced anxiety and then depression, and I resonate with something that Smith writes on almost every page. She is equal parts pastoral and prophetic; that is to say, her tone is tender and compassionate at the same time that she cuts you no slack in calling you to faithfulness to God, first and foremost, in the middle of your trials. S
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was invited to read an advanced copy of this book, and this work is so needed in the chronically ill community. It is written for Christians, who have an invested interest in pursuing discipleship even in the midst of chronic pain/illness.

The book is grounded in solid theological reflection on relevant scriptural texts that are grouped together by large themes. One of the best things about the book is how grace-centered and empathetic it is without giving in to our inclination for self-pity a
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this devotional. The way the author wrote about chronic illness clearly showed an intimate experience physically and spiritually. The words came from a place I know too well and it gave me encouragement. I truly appreciated how she made me focus on the truth of God’s Word while giving me a welcomed new perspective.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Esther's book is set up as a devotional with 31 entries. She does a lovely job presenting Bible verses for different topics that those with chronic illness or pain can relate to. Since she also suffers from chronic pain/illness, she writes from a place of understanding and compassion. Well worth reading! ...more
Rocky Woolery
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For any follower of Christ who is experiencing chronic illness this is a good31 day devotional. The author works through her own situational understanding and her professional training to help bring the realities of chronic illness to meet with Christian faith.

As a preacher this is a resource that i will give/recommend to others who are dealing with chronic illness.
Minor Owen
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Esther is a very talented young lady with great wisdom, understanding & personal experience with chronic illness. I have never written an online review before & I’m also not much of a reader, but this book proved to be too invaluable not to share with others. Esther writes with such ease, grace & wisdom- like we’re just friends having coffee- but a friend who really “gets” me, when so few people do! That’s cuz she, too, is on the difficult journey with me. She openly speaks of the deep, dark, di ...more
Hailey Hudson
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So highly recommend this devo for anyone who has a chronic illness! It’s short and sweet daily readings, and has been so helpful to me to help me see that God just wants me, not the list of things I could do if I were healthy.
Laura Fincher
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely recommend this book! My heart was given hope from reading about how God is with me always during chronic illness. The easy to read daily devotional poses great questions for reflection!
Jennifer Holmes
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very encouraging, biblical devotional for those suffering with Chronic Illness.
David Arsham
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely excellent and encouraging devotional for those going through chronic suffering. It’s very clear that Esther Smith “gets it” and is writing from the perspective of a fellow sufferer who is herself trying to wade through deep waters, not a detached teacher shouting instructions at the people drowning far below them. Each day’s reading is less than 2 pages which makes working through it, even on bad days, very manageable. I can easily recommend this devotional to anyone who is ...more
Therese Kay
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real treasure for any Christian that struggles with chronic illness and their faith. Incredibly compassionate, gentle, and wise encouragement.
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