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Review: Embodied Hope by Kelly Kapic

Pain and suffering require good theology because often, during intense pain of any kind, the whole question of how God’s sovereignty and goodness relate becomes intensely personal.  Often Psalm 92:15—The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him—becomes a very difficult confession.  Is God really good?  Sometimes it’s an […]

Review: The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief

People who go to the Mayo Clinic Pain Center are often at their wits’ end.  Nothing else has worked, they are in great pain, and their lives have narrowed down to focus mostly on pain and health issues.  Yet, with treatment, guidance, and pain management plans, many of them are able to feel better, reduce […]

Preventing Suicide

In the past short while three young people that I know have tried to commit suicide but they did not succeed. However, two of my husband’s former colleagues tried and did succeed, leaving devastation behind them. That brings me to this: Keep an eye on the people around you.  Listen, and actually hear.  Care about […]

Review: Explain Pain by Butler and Moseley

This is one of the most difficult books I’ve read recently, not so much because of its intellectual challenge but because I need to absorb and understand it at a deep level in order to support loved ones in pain. I have read it twice in the last two months while trying to apply its […]

Skillpower, Willpower, and New Year’s Goals

In Disease Proof, Katz argues that most people do not accomplish their goals because they do not have the skills to do so.  It isn’t that they are lazy or unmotivated or bad; it simply is that they have never learned the basic steps to choosing goals, losing weight, exercising, and so forth.  This book, […]

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