Top 100 Books for The Chronically Ill
Nomination Information

Did you know that nearly 1 in 2 people live with chronic illness in the USA and 96% of it is invisible?

Do you publish books on topics such as illness, suffering, encouragement, helping a hurting friend, care-giving or cancer?

Rest Ministries Publishers, a branch of Rest Ministries, the largest Christian organization in the U.S. specifically reaching out to the chronically ill with spiritual and emotional support at .

We are currently compiling our Top 100 Christian Books for People Who Live with Chronic Illness and Those Who Care. Rest Ministries is also the founder/sponsor of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, held annually in September.

One title published in 2007, will be presented with the an special award; it will be recognized as a book that exemplifies meeting the spiritual, practical and/or emotional needs of someone who lives with a chronic illness.

The author of this book will be featured in HopeKeepers Magazine, interviewed on Hope Endures podcast, and have their book given free ad space on the Rest Ministries web site for 90 days (with about 80,000 visitors per month).

The Top 100 list exists to help bookstore owners, publishers and the chronically ill and those caring about them in the following ways:

  • Provide bookstore owners with a comprehensive listing of resources they can confidently refer their clients who have an illness or serve someone with a chronic illness.
  • Encourage bookstore owners to increase sales and meet client's needs by pulling books on the list off of shelves and creating a display acknowledging National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week September 18, 2008. [Note: Books on chronic illness are often spread all over the store, falling into a wide variety of classifications such as health, grief, suffering, church resources, and even death and dying.]
  • Give publishers an outlet to advocate and promote their books that minister to people with chronic illness. Nearly half the U.S. population (133 million) lives with chronic conditions and 50 million are caregivers. This "niche market" is overwhelmingly large, but with 96% of illnesses being invisible, there is a misconception that health reigns.
  • Present a list of quality Christian books to those living with illness and their loved ones, that address their spiritual and practical needs and concerns; books rarely publicized and sometimes hard to even locate.
  • Supply churches with a list of exceptional materials for illness/health ministries, care-giving, and pastoral care.

The decisions of the review committee will take into consideration editorial excellence, professional production, originality, author credentials relative to the book, and the value the book provides for the reader.

We invite you to look at your publishing company's titles and decide on the books appropriate for consideration. The topics of books considered are as follows:

· Bibles
· Bible Studies
· Cancer-related
· Care-giving
· Depression
· Devotionals
· Disability/illness/health ministry
· Encouragement
· Illness-related
· Family/Parenting
· Health-related (but we are very selective)
· Help a Friend
· Mental Illness
· Suffering

* Please note that Rest Ministries has a viewpoint on healing that can be read here. We do not promote books that claim a specific formula, whether it be a diet or prayer, makes a healing inevitable.

For an example of the 2007 Top 100 books selected click here.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES______________________________

All paperwork for submissions must be made electronically here.

  • Review copies can be sent to us at REST PUBLISHERS, Attn: Review Committee for Top 100, PO Box 502928, San Diego, CA 92150.
  • Books may have been published during any year, but the more recent the publishing date, the better the chances of it being selected. The content should not be out-dated.
  • Books published by any publisher, author, self-publisher, or simply printed are eligible.
  • Books that are only in electronic or audio format are ineligible.


COVERAGE OF SELECTED TITLES__________________________

Our promotional plans of the Top 100 list include, but are not limited to:

  • Full promotion at, including author podcast interviews on Hope Endures, excerpts, article interviews with authors and more.
  • An ad in HopeKeepers Magazine which mentions the list and where to find it online. Individual ad spaces are available for this glossy, quarterly, 64-page digest size magazine, published by Rest Ministries.
  • Distribution of the list at the 2008 International Christian Retail Show. Rest Publishers will be represented by founder, Lisa Copen, as part of the Christian Small Publishers Association
  • Opportunities for authors are available for participation in National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week as guest speakers for telephone seminars, paid sponsorships, order inserts, guest blogging and more.
  • Press releases will be sent out via SBWire and Christian News Wire
  • Postcard mailing about the Top 100 list to all bookstore owners pre-registered for ICRS
  • Blog posting of all the list of all books
  • Links to all of the books on Rest Ministries web site and the web site of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week at
  • Foil labels will be available for a small fee that can be attached to the book
  • Award graphic will be available for internet usage.

We hope you will take this opportunity to help promote not only the books you may publish that many are familiar with, but especially those gems that may not be given a publicity budget or be as highly recognized as well-known authors.

Please forward this to anyone who may be interested, including individual authors if they would like to nominate their own book. Anyone can nominate book--publishers, authors, publicists, or even readers. However a copy of the book must be sent to the review committee.

We look forward to your response and are happy to answer any questions.

To nominate the book(s) click here!


Lisa Copen
Director, Rest Ministries
Rest Ministries Publishers

















Rest Ministries, Inc.™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization, Tax ID # 33-081-1933.   Donations are tax-deductible.  - HopeKeepers® is a program/publication of Rest Ministries, HopeKeepers Magazine. HopeKeepers® is a registered trademark with the US Gov. - Rest Miinistries is the Official Sponsor of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week
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