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#63 - 6.17.09


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Lisa CopenHello, my friend,

It's Lisa Copen, Rest Ministries Founder, back again with your weekly coping with illness tip!

In case you're interested in what I've been
blogging about this week, here are the topics:

* Want to Read the Bible this Summer?
* Sometimes You Feel Like (More) Nuts
* Social Security Benefits Not Expected to Rise in ’10
* A Special Video Reminder for Dad’s for Father’s Day
* Parenting with a Chronic Illness
* De-cluttering Can Burn Calories
* Got Used Eye Glasses?
* Your Kids May Qualify for Health Insurance
* The Folding of the Shroud. Important?
* Get a Free 2? x 3? American Flag
* Ill Teens with Spirituality Cope Best
* June is Men's Health Month
* 7 Ways Health Reform Is Going to Affect You
* Stop the Cart!

And don't miss my intereview with Thelma Wells! Blog Tour Features Thelma Wells – “Don’t Give in!”

I recently read this book - you may even have it on your shelf right now! It comes very highly recommended, so I wanted to let you know about it, in case you haven't read it yet.

"Twelve Ways to Turn Your Pain Into Praise: Biblical Steps to Wholeness in Christ" by Linda Newton. Have you seen her ad at the top of the last few newsletters? She was kind to support our ministry by placing an ad, but I also loved the book!

Linda's book is an excellent book for anyone to read, however, as the director of a Christian ministry for those with illness, I found it a great tool specifically for those trying to overcome depression or frustrations associated with illness.

Linda was a guest on my Hope Endures radio podcast and continues to encourage many people through the archived show each week.

There are 3 elements that made this book stand out for me:

(1) Linda provides helpful tools that give the reader simple projects at the end of each chapter so that there is something constructive s/he can do to reach the place Linda speaks of.

(2) Linda is vulnerable and shares her own stories, personalizing the book and helping the reader feel like the author is a friend on the journey and not just an educated counselor giving instruction.

(3) Although Linda writes like a friend, she happens to be a very educated, professional friend. She wrote this book with a particular "example" client who she counsels throughout the book and gives her client the same steps and tips that she does to the reader. It's interesting to see how a typical counseling session with Linda may take place and also may lessen the fears for the many people who have considered a counselor but are scared of what a session may look like.

The Biblical advice is right on and ties it all together nicely, providing hope and motivation for the reader to make changes so that the pain really can be turned into praise.

You can purchase it here at Amazon and if you use this link Rest Ministries will receive a small percentage of the sale price (every little bit helps a lot!)

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Linda on my Hope Endures radio program and I know that you will find it encouraging too. And if you've never seen a counselor, it may give you some insight as to what a counseling session could look like. You can listen to the program live right now on your computer at or download it from itunes here:

Thanks again for spending a few minutes with me today. I pray that you will have that assurance that God will never leave you or forsake you, even during the darkest moments.

A nice reminder... 1 John 2:17 "The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."

God bless you,

Lisa Copen
Founder and Director
Rest Ministries Chronic Illness Pain Support
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