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Monday, November 23, 2009

Hard Times and Holy Places

Yesterday during church I spent a little time looking around the congregation and I realized that pretty much everyone is going through "something". Financial struggles, infertility, maritial problems, loneliness, self-esteem issues, health problems, difficult children, or just not quite knowing how to handle life's day-to-day demands......everyone was experiencing some hard times. And for everyone going through some hard times I would recommend this book: "Hard Times and Holy Places" by Kristin Belcher. I met Kristin a few times when I was in college and have never forgotten her example. Diagnosed at 7 months old with cancer, she has dealt with health problems and their related emotional challenges for her entire life. But through her experiences she has learned lessons in how to practically apply the gospel-- lessons that she shares in her book with candour and humor. As I read her book I was constantly amazed at her wisdom and insight, and it has really helped me to see the struggles I experience in an entirely new light. She also has a blog where she posts stories of how people are able to turn their hard times into "holy places". Go HERE to read.

4 comments:

Sally said...

I just saw Kris Belcher at Time Out for Women less than two weeks ago! Her story is amazing, and she has such a great attitude and sense of humor. She had all of us in stitches, (seriously about to wet our pants, she's so funny) and then crying tears of gratitude. She got the only standing ovation the whole weekend, and even that was funny, cause she made fun of herself for not being able to see us standing. I'll definitely look for this book.

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Thanks Jessi! What a great review. You summed it up perfectly! I sent a link to Kris, Doug, and Susan! :)

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--Emily

Michelle Pyne said...

I can't wait to read this book. It contains a message everyone should receive. Thanks for your thoughts!

Elaine said...

I would love to read this. Last night Morris and I were feeling a little sorry for ourselves and we came to the conclusion. Life just gets harder and harder, then we die. It made us laugh and we jumped into more positive thinking and being grateful for all the blessings we have.