Title: Reflections with God While Waiting to Be Healed
Author: Linda Seger
Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing
“Although I want God to be the One Who Heals, I have been most amazed at experiencing God as the One who strengthens me, upholds me, and makes it possible for me to endure,” Linda Seger writes in her book, Reflections with God While Waiting to Be Healed.
~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-forty-four pages, this small paperback targets those who are sick, have a disease, or suffer from some physical or emotional illness and want to concentrate on God while dealing with it. After endorsements, dedication, acknowledgments, forward by Dr. Michaele M. Sparaco-Posey, and table of contents, there is an introduction followed by thirty-five short chapters and ending with an afterword by Dr. Gail Henry. The New International Version of the Holy Bible is referenced.
With the author having cervical dystonia and breast cancer, she has journeyed through many different avenues to have a deeper relationship with God. Her book is divided into four sections that cover the questions, concerns, and struggles of an illness or disease, the faith and dialogue of trying to stand within Biblical Job’s circle, how to surrender but also not give up, and having hope in spite of still having the problem. In the end, she finds not only the value of the in-between of the illness, but also how God’s will and timing allow her to light the way for others who are suffering.
~ Why ~
Although I currently have no debilitating disease, I have had my share of cancer and pain. Seger explains how we are instruments of God when we are sick or ill who have to surrender, fight the Shadow, endure, and learn that not everything has been taken away. I like that the book can be viewed from those healthy or sick, as we yearn to become more intimate with God.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God and His loving grace and amazing power may not be interested in this book. Some Christians may disagree with her suggestion of asking for wisdom from Buddha, Mohammed, or a saint. Others may find some of the author’s chosen paths of therapies may be unusual such as the rubbing on of “Holy dirt” from New Mexico, a thirty-day Novena, and wearing a coat hanger on her head.
~ Who ~
A prior film industry script writer, Seger has written fourteen books and given seminars and lectures around the world. A Christian Quaker, she lives in Colorado with her husband and cat.
~ Wish ~
While the writer blends many religious concepts and spiritual therapies for healing, including more Bible verses to meditate on may be helpful for some readers who want to focus on God more and not themselves. I wish there were consistency in capitalizing all pronouns of God for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you or a loved one is suffering from pain or illness and want to cling tighter to God while realizing His timing and ways are always perfect, Seger’s book may help you on your path to acceptance, endurance, and healing if it is God’s will.
Thanks to the Book Club Network and author for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.
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