Take Heart: Prayers for the Terminally Ill

Take Heart: Prayers for the Terminally Ill by Judy Sliger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Judy Sliger’s “Take Heart: Prayers for the Terminally Ill” is not for the faint of heart. But then many people are not likely to read this unless they or a loved one are fighting cancer. And having the courage to face one’s prognosis, or that of a friend or family member, already shows the potential reader of this book is not likely to be “faint of heart.” Judy is open and honest, and she doesn’t pull any punches. In these prayers she shares with us — as she talks with God — the heartaches and challenges and the daily grind of fighting something that has hold of you and won’t let up. Even the challenges faced by her family and friends, as they deal with her illness, are something Judy lays before God. And in the process of sharing all this, Judy’s prayers share a great deal of wisdom, wisdom we should all take to heart. Her faith in her Redeemer remains strong, despite her “trials and tribulations,” despite her struggles, despite the times when her strength fails her for a little while. “Take Heart” is meant to be read in small doses; it will move you, and challenge you, and point you to the One who desires to stand by your side through everything.

Judy is my cousin’s wife, and I am so thankful for this chance to get to know her a little better.

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Posted May 16, 2014 by markelacy in book review

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