Almost five years ago I published my second book. Called And Always God … it was the story of God’s faithfulness to my husband and me during his struggle with cancer – and beyond. It sold a couple of hundred copies, and my prayer was that it would help all those who read it to connect with God in new ways if they were struggling with caring for a loved one. But I knew that it was a long book for anyone to read when they had suddenly had a life change that meant nursing and all the other tasks a Carer has to do.
I did not know how to fix it. The book was distributed by a UK firm and the task of taking it back from them and re-launching it seemed too daunting.
In October last year, I received an email from a mentor in the US.
She spoke of re-purposing books that had already been published.
And the light went on.
And Hope Through Dark Valleys : God’s Intimate Support for Carers of Loved Ones with Life-threatening Illness was born – and was published on Amazon as an e-book yesterday!
Hope through Dark Valleys is not a handbook or a Bible study. It does not profess to have all the answers. Rather it is a book that encourages the Carer to connect with God when they suddenly learn a loved one who will be in their care has a life-threatening illness. God is there – even in the dark valleys that are ahead. His love and His light, His people and His Word are all there every day if only we tap into them.
Each chapter is about three or four pages long. Scripture, a brief description of the situation, some questions to help the reader consider how they are feeling and how God is involved in their life today, and a prayer for the reader are presented under such headings as The News, Treatment, The Needs of the Carer, Practicalities and so on.
Carers are encouraged to visit chapters more than once as each person’s situation changes from day to day. Considering the answers to the questions helps the Carer to assess their own situation – for they themselves need to stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit to enable them to sustain their energy levels and to keep a positive attitude.
What never changes is God’s presence and care – for the loved one, the family and the Carer themselves.
Hope through Dark Valleys is not a sad book. On every page, God offers hope. My prayer is that it will help anyone who is caring for a loved one.
It will be available in hard copy soon – hopefully within the next month.
If you are in this situation today, please accept this prayer for you:
Father, I pray for Your Carer today. May they know Your peace and Your love as they face whatever lies ahead of them. Father, they are walking one of the most difficult journeys they may ever have to face. Help them to know they are not alone. Give them people today, who can step forward and take on some of the tasks that seem too big for them. Give them time, however brief, when they can sit and be in Your presence. Reassure them of Your care and concern and the fact that You are there for them. Father give them, their loved one, and their family, hope – whatever their future may be. For You are in their future just as You have been in their past, whether they have been aware of You or not. Thank you, Father. Amen
Pray this prayer with me for those whom you know who are coping with dark valleys at this time.
God bless you.