I do not remember how long it has been since my paths crossed with Shelly. Her blog posts are a joy to read as they are always full of encouragement, hope, and a song.
Her cheerfulness and positivity are evident in every word shared, which was probably part of the reason it took me time to realize Shelly was chronically ill.
I was delighted when I was asked to review her book. If anyone could write a book to help others through the first days of a chronic illness, it surely would be Shelly.
In her book,You’re Chronically Ill… So Now What?, Shelly takes us through the first thirty days of coming to terms with a diagnosis. Each day includes:
- commentary and shared experiences
- a prayer
- a deeper section with thought provoking questions
Some of the topics which Shelly tackles in this book are anger, change, acceptance, pride, grieving, guilt and hobbies. Each topic is handled with a compassion and gentleness which fully reveals she has experienced each for herself and knows the pain chronic illness brings to every aspect of life. Her deep faith in God is evident in each devotional as she has learned to depend on God for strength each day of her own journey.
This is an excellent resource for individuals or group study. Whether experiencing chronic illness for oneself or walking through it with a family member or friend, this book will surely encourage any reader that God is with them. This devotional makes an excellent gift as it is sure to infuse hope into the difficult experience of chronic illness.
Shelly Benoit Hendricks is a wife and mother. She was a teacher and librarian before being struck with Intracranial Hypertension and a yet unnamed degenerative disease. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and a revision in 2014. Though her condition continues to deteriorate, her spirit is constantly focused on eternity.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which has been a joy to share.