Broken Bodies, Healing Hearts: Reflections of a Hospital Chaplain

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Religion - 172 pages
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Witness the wonder of divine power when faith in God overcomes human frailty!

Broken Bodies, Healing Hearts: Reflections of a Hospital Chaplain provides chaplains, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and counselors with insight into the experiences of individual hospital patients. You'll learn of the suffering that they endure, and what patients and caretakers can learn about themselves and God through their ordeals. This is a wonderful collection of descriptive, personal, and heartfelt essays, each derived from a visit with a particular patient. These episodes demonstrate the wonder of divine strength manifested in human frailty. You'll see the spiritual aspects of both significant and common events, inspiring you to contemplate and appreciate all of your life experiences. Broken Bodies, Healing Hearts will help you unravel daily questions and problems and encourage you to seek God's eminent presence in all of your experiences.

This intriguing collection demonstrates what it means to be human and what it means to be made in God's likeness. You will explore the heartwrenching struggles of unique individuals, such as:

  • Jimmy Meyer, a three-year-old toddler with a terminal brain tumor, who takes each day for whatever it could offer him. His simple trust teaches us all to grow in our faith and seek the child within ourselves
  • Mr. Nelson, who after suffering a heart attack and facing the possibility of death, recounts how the experience served to turn his life from one of anger and resentment to one of peace and freedom, reminding us all of the healing power of grace when we are willing to receive it
  • Martha Claxton, a fifty-eight-year-old woman battling leukemia. In finally letting go she experiences God's eternal security, inviting each of us to surrender our lives to the One who knows our every need
  • Ms. May, a thirty-eight-year-old with Down's Syndrome, who touches all those whom she comes in contact with. Her ability to live fully in the present moment reminds us that whatever is happening now is worth our undivided attention

    Enlightening and moving, Broken Bodies, Healing Hearts reveals the presence of God in the lives of patients, chaplains, and all those who care for others. You will discover the connection between human vulnerability and spiritual growth.
 

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This is an amazing book. Humbling and glorifying to God. This dear lady writes from a very real and easy to understand angle. No complicated theological words or high position. She writes a servant of God being allowed to glimpse his glory in coming alongside others. It is basic and raw, open and refreshingly pure. Everyone who is or feels drawn to chaplaincy should read this to see if they too could put on the mantle of humility and be used by the Lord. She feels and cries, she feels unworthy, empty handed and ill equipped but trusts that God can use her in her anyway that He sees fit. She holds hands, doesn't give pat answers and struggles when she sees pain and suffering but remains anyway.
I wish I could meet this lady and have a cup of tea with her. It would be an honour for me.
 

Contents

And a Child Shall Lead Them
1
Beyond Pity
5
Redeemed by Grace
11
Divine Identity
15
Learning to Be
19
Homecoming
23
Letting Go to Keep from Falling Apart
29
Fertile Ground
33
Addicted to Pain
89
A Time for Everything
93
Gods Poster Child
101
A Longing for Companionship
107
Living in Love
113
Looking Back Through New Lenses
119
Always in Process
123
At a Distance
129

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
39
Not Religious but Real
43
The Man Without a Nose
47
Called to Wait
53
Recollection
57
Faces of Grief
61
Mutual Healing
69
Free to Die
71
Light Shines in the Darkness
77
Goodbye Grandmere
83
Another Side of Me
135
To Be in Relationship Again
141
Necessary Friction
145
Empty Before God
149
Comfort in Death and in Life
153
Home for the Holiday
157
Everybodys Savior
161
And God Was in It All
167
Pink Pajamas in Heaven
169
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