Over the last few weeks we have been talking about ways to reach out to a friend with chronic illness. I have shared a variety of ways to do this, but there is much more to be said! If you want to learn more, I recommend Lisa Copen's book, Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend. This little book is full of great ideas for those who want to reach out to a friend with chronic illness.
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. She is an author, Christian disability speaker, and chronic illness expert. She suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis, and she writes with the wisdom of one who is well acquainted with chronic illness and pain.
Beyond Casseroles is filled with practical suggestions and advice from someone who understands what life is like for those who suffer from a chronic illness. Lisa shares about things to say and things not to say. She gives creative ideas for gifts and for acts of service. She offers tips for what to talk about with your friend and how to pray for her. Lisa also shares verses from Scripture that are applicable to serving a friend with chronic illness.
While reading Beyond Casseroles, I found many helpful ideas and suggestions that I had never thought of before. This book is an excellent resource to keep on the bookshelf. The suggestions are practical and helpful for reaching out to a friend with chronic illness, and many would also be applicable when reaching out to a grieving family, someone with cancer, or an elderly neighbor.
You can read an excerpt of Beyond Casseroles here: 52 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend.
Lisa Copen has offered to give a copy of Beyond Casseroles to one Cranberry Tea Time reader! If you would like to win this book, you may enter using the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be chosen and notified by email on November 4.
This post is part of the Chronic Illness and Friendship series.