Choices: Managing Chronic Pain

 
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Change is as inevitable as death and taxes. Our choices reflect the inescapability of what change asks of us. Chronic illness threatens our life-style, adds to our financial burdens, stresses our relationships, and interrupts our life. Often our choices alter our physical and emotional state so much that, in time, we become strangers to our former selves. Yet, we must live as victors not victims.

Thankfully, the Bible is more than just a first aid book for spiritual boo-boos. Through Scripture, we learn of the promised, unfathomable riches of God s love, mercy and justice. We are inspired by the stories of men and women who failed as often as they succeeded, but whose faithfulness was rewarded. Because the Bible is the inerrant word of God, Scripture can help us through our struggles and difficult choices. But, do we allot enough time in Scripture study to realign our perspective with God s will?

The good news is that we do not need to be Biblical scholars to discover the truths found in Scripture. Choices: Managing Chronic Pain offers short studies, minimum writing, maximum application, and personal growth. The simplicity of the Choices format encourages we who are in chronic pain to consider whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy [to] think about such things. (Phil. 4:8)

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About the Author:

For thirty years author Jonnie Wright has written innovative curriculum for both children and adults. In the public schools of California, she has touched the lives of thousands of children in grades 1-6 through her inventive programs in science, computers, music, and physical education. Mrs. Wright pioneered lessons in computer use and time-management for both students and teachers, contributed lessons to a national teachers magazine, received a grant in computer literature from her school district, and has written the Christian teachers workbook, Lord, What Do I Do with Sammy? that references Fruit of the Spirit vocabulary to use when dealing with disruptive children.

With her resourceful teaching background and church position as Director of Women s Ministry, Mrs. Wright facilitated a novel approach to the development and teaching of personal growth, adult Bible studies. She organized and coordinated women s retreats, seminars, classes and workshops. She retired from both teaching school and active women s ministry leadership due to the disability caused by chronic illness.

Her daily struggle with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Irritable Bowel, Irritable Bladder (IC), Reflux Disease, TMJ/TMD, and Burning Mouth Syndrome led her to create the personal growth Bible study series: God s Rx for Chronic Pain. Book One, The Silver Bullet, © 2006, focuses on Jesus Christ being God s prescription for the difficulties of chronic illness and the hope for chronic pain. Choices: Managing Chronic Pain, © 2008, emphasizes that the spiritual choices we make due to chronic illness can help develop or hinder spiritual growth. Both Bible studies are unique in that, while they are short, they ease the chronically ill into intimate time with God, and provide quick application of Scripture to the dailyness of circumstances.

Mrs. Wright can no longer attend church; but she facilitates a group Bible study, called Good Tidings for Pain, sponsored by Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, California. She continues to write Bible studies and supportive material for groups across the country. Her life is imbued with the sweetness of the Lord, sprinkled with many colorful friends, and ruled by her cat Chatty.

Review:

If you live with chronic pain, Choices: Managing Chronic Pain is a book you can use on your own, or better used in a group to connect with others living with chronic pain. The journey you take together as a support group, when you use Choices to connect with God and each other, is priceless. I know. I live with chronic pain. --Leslie Davison, RN

Jonnie Wright draws a great picture of strength, hope, and faith for those of us who suffer with chronic pain. If you suffer with illness or have a loved one who does, this book will guide you through treasures in the word that specifically relate to life's difficulties with chronic illness. The first choice we make in living with any pain or trial should be to study the word with someone who has run a similar race with an over-coming spirit, as Jonnie clearly has. --Jeanette Bush

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