Recommended Reading

Chronic illness usually means a lot of extra down time without the ability or energy to do much more than sit or lay around.  Reading, or even listening to audio books, can be a great source of escape, distraction or encouragement.  So if I read anything noteworthy, I will update this page to share it with all of you. I hope you find something you like!

The Tree That Survived the Winter
By Mary Fahy
Date added: August 26, 2013

This is a short story and a very quick read.  The messages in the story really resonated with me, and it is one of those books I like to revisit every few months.  One of my favorite quotes from the book reads, "The chills and ice and bitter cold have toughened your timber to just the right degree, for you needed to be strong to carry the fruit that will appear on your branches. ... you could not have become at all what I hoped and dreamed you would be."

God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours
By Regina Brett
Date added: December 17, 2013

I have read this book twice and put a list of the 50 lessons on my refrigerator.  It is very inspiring, and I am a big fan of Regina Brett's writing.  I don't think I could name a favorite quote, but a lesson I think of a lot is, "However good or bad a situation is, it will change."

Rock-Bottom Blessings: Discovering God's Abundance When All Seems Lost
By Karen Beattie
Date added: December 17, 2013

Favorite quote: "For the longest time I couldn’t see it. And that, I came to believe, was the worst part of suffering. If only I could see the end of the story. Then, maybe I would understand why I had to cross through the cold, deep waters of the river to get to the other side."

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