Thursday, October 30, 2014

Beyond Casseroles Book and Giveaway

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.

If you want some inspiration for ways to reach out to a friend with chronic illness, you can purchase Beyond Casseroles from the RestMinistries online store or from Amazon. The book is also available for Kindle. 100% of the proceeds from Beyond Casseroles go to Rest Ministries.

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.


  1. Love Lisa and her wonderful ministry for those of us with Chronic Illness! Thanks for this opportunity, Rachel! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. I love Rest Ministries! This book looks great!

  3. Would love this to be able to better understand/think of ways to encourage other patients with chronic illness through Handcrafts of Hope and through many other ways. :)

  4. Lisa is truly a bright light in my day and I didn`t know that she wrote books so thank you for sharing her book with us. I love cranberries and the whole story of how they are harvested in NorthéCentral Ontario. We used to do the Cranberry Stomp with our students at school and make cranberry sauce from scratch. Cranberry tea sounds delightful!

  5. Love Rest Ministries! That one tip pictured above about the paper products let's me know this book is going to be great!

  6. There are several other books Lisa has written as well! You can find them in the Rest Ministries store and on Amazon.

    The harvesting of cranberries and the Cranberry Stomp sounds like a lot of fun! I have never done something like that. My friend and I used to pick low bush cranberries together in Alaska, and then we would use them to make tea. It was so delicious and so fun!


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