About the Book
Suffering is inescapable in this world.
Jesus told us we would face perilous trials and that even our bodies would feel the effects of the Fall. For women dealing with chronic illness, most books offer quick-fix counseling or devotional verses taken out of context, helpful only for momentary encouragement.
For true and lasting comfort we must dig deeper into God’s Word and the context in which those much-used passages were written.
In Chronic Love, Brooke Bartz reveals a deeply raw and descriptive account of life with a chronic and debilitating illness, and she shares with readers how comfort and strength can be found through the Truth in God’s Word.
Specifically designed for women who daily battle chronic illness, Chronic Love‘s goal is to provide solid Scriptural encouragement for the fight.
Guest post from Brooke Bartz, Author of Chronic Love
Brooke Bartz shares her personal testimony. How has your experience of chronic illness brought you closer to Christ?
When I became a Christian, I was immediately brought close to the Lord because I understood what He did on my behalf on the cross. I trusted in Him for salvation and turned my back on my former way of life and placed my Faith in him alone, as I repented of my sin and made Him the Lord and Savior of my life. But becoming closer to Christ and understanding deeper How Christ cares for my daily needs and my health and my life really started when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gastroparesis. My dependence was not on myself, because I couldn’t cure myself, but it was daily on Him! There was no one else who had the answers, knew my future, and who kept me alive. He gives me life and breath! There was nowhere else I could turn that gave me the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Christ built the fruit of the spirit up in my life when I had to solely depend on Him and find comfort in the truth of His word. I read the Bible more and more when I was suffering with the heartaches that illness brings. So I found a new-found understanding of His Son and the blood He shed for me on the cross because I truly realized that nothing on earth could ever take that forever eternity spent with Him in Heaven from my soul. No matter what I went through on earth with illness I could face it knowing my rest, peace, joy, protection, comfort is found in Jesus and that His kingdom is waiting for me! This is what has brings me closer to Christ, and had I not became Ill I would have never been able to understand the depth of His love and care for me as His adopted child. Praise God!
About Brooke Bartz, Author of Chronic Love
Brooke Bartz is a stay-at-home wife and mom who lives daily with a chronic disease, knowing firsthand the daunting, gnawing physical and spiritual pain it causes. Yet disease was not always her close companion; in the years before her diagnosis, she grew up playing sports and earned a full scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Not yet a Christian, she transferred colleges and attended an event for an on-campus ministry; as the Lord had planned, she heard the Gospel and He saved her. Soon after and while still in college, she married her childhood crush and began a volleyball coaching career.
Living with rheumatoid arthritis and gastroparesis, Brooke desires for women to know the truth about the God who loves them and is with them each day as they face disease and disability; she shares the Truth of the Bible as their ultimate healing. Brooke’s passion is spurring on the women God leads to her sphere of influence, inspiring their hearts to keep their strength and hope at the foot of the cross, to trust in the Great Shepherd to one day heal them completely in glory, even though for now they are suffering on earth.
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The Author is Hosting a
1) person will receive a print copy of Chronic Love, a Chronic Love T-shirt, a Chronic Love coffee mug, a copy of Trusting God Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges and the workbook for Trusting God Even When Life Hurts!
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This book looks good! I’ll have to add it to my list.