Touching the Hem Giveaway by Elizabeth Johnson
In April 2007, my life completely changed. I was a recent college grad, engaged to a wonderful man, and involved in every activity possible.
And then I got sick.
When I say sick, what I really mean is the bottom fell out the sky. I could barely drag myself to the sofa each day. I couldn't eat. I had no attention span, no ability to focus. I had a constant fever, a skin rash, unexplained bleeding, unexplained nausea, major sinus issues, horrible fatigue, and a whole host of other problems.
Doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong. They tested, and questioned, and prescribed all sorts of medications -- but nothing worked. And so I ended up in the hospital, practically comatose, around 2 AM on Easter Sunday.
The first big discovery was that half my blood had disintegrated. So they hooked me up with a transfusion (blood donors are wonderful!), and started doing biopsies and MRI's and I'm not sure what else... I was pretty out of it.
Within a few days, they knew I had a rare disease called Wegener's Granulomatosis. The short explanation of that is, my immune system went into overdrive and started attacking my body -- especially my entire respiratory system -- and the only way to fix it was by basically shutting everything down. That meant immuno-suppressants and corticosteroids (ie, daily chemo pills and prednisone).
At first, I was just overjoyed to be alive. The medications were a little overwhelming, but I was thrilled that we finally knew what was wrong. Then I slowly began to understand that my life would never be the same again.
I was living with long-term chronic illness, trying to find a new normal. And I had no idea how to deal with that.
I mean, what do you do about physical suffering? Pray about it? Claim healing in Jesus' name?
How do you respond to it?
Suddenly the issue of sickness and healing became very personal. I went straight to the library in search of resources about the purposes of physical suffering, and and biblical advice for seeking healing. I didn't find very much...
So I decided to study it out for myself.
Touching the Hem: a Biblical Response to Physical Suffering is the result of that study.
It's for all of you who have asked the same questions I did. You who have suffered, and wondered how to glorify God in your suffering. You who have feared to ask if healing was possible. You who have been overwhelmed by physical grief.
Touching the Hem begins with an overview of who God is -- because we cannot accurately interpret our circumstances, or respond to them in a correct manner, until we know and believe that He is who He claims to be. It considers His character, the names given to Him throughout Scripture, His short ministry here on earth, and His eternal works of atonement and glorification.
It then transitions from looking upward at God, to looking outward at our circumstances: Why do we face physical suffering in this world? Where does it come from? What examples do we have of those who have suffered?
Finally, it considers our personal response, based on biblical instruction. God's Word contains specific commands to remain steadfast in prayer and faith. It includes principles to follow in any circumstances, but especially in physical affliction. It even offers guidance about seeking faith healers, or attending healing services.
Touching the Hem brings all of that together in about 160 pages. It also includes practical suggestions for dealing with illness, and suggestions for further reading.
My prayer is that God will speak through Touching the Hem to those in need, providing sweet answers and peace to those who are searching. He has brought it together, and I pray He will use in His perfect way.
Touching the Hem is available in both digital and traditional formats on Amazon. And I would love to give away one autographed copy!
To enter, leave a comment with something you've learned from physical suffering (your own or someone else's). For a second entry, share a specific Bible verse that's helped you through times of prolonged suffering. The giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday June 23rd & the winner announced on Monday morning.
Visit here to learn more about the book.
Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your book with us! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
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