About the Episode
In this episode of the Hope + Help Podcast, Christine Chappell interviews Esther Smith about her book, Chronic Illness: Walking by Faith. During the conversation, Esther shares some of the emotional and spiritual challenges of living with a chronic illness, explores why talking to God about our pain can be so difficult, and sheds light on how the Scriptures inform the way we care for our broken bodies. She also gives biblical wisdom for responding to the “ups and downs” of physical suffering and offers insights as to how to helpfully walk alongside someone diagnosed with a chronic illness.
About the Guest
Esther Smith has an MA in Professional Counseling and has completed biblical counseling training through CCEF. She lives in Maryland where she works as a counselor. Esther blogs at lifeinslowmotionblog.com.
About the Book
CHRONIC ILLNESS: WALKING BY FAITH • Is chronic illness taking over your heart as much as your body? Physical symptoms and limitations change all aspects of life, leading to losses and to unique challenges that are difficult to navigate. Writing from her own experience with these issues, Esther Smith focuses heavily on encouragement and practical application, showing you how to release guilt and shame, ask for help, balance work and rest, and get through days of difficult symptoms. Each day, you will be encouraged as you consider how God uses illness in sanctifying, kingdom-advancing ways to display his glory and work in your heart.
About the Podcast
The Hope + Help Podcast offers interviews with seasoned biblical counseling professionals and ministry leaders on a variety of topics regarding life’s challenging problems. Listeners can expect to receive biblical wisdom as well as practical steps for facing suffering, struggling, and sin with courage and grace. Hosted by author/writer Christine M. Chappell.
Related Resources from IBCD
- Life in the Aftermath: Embracing Weakness (Anita Manata)
- How Christ Transforms Us in Our Diseases and Disabilities (Keith Palmer)
- Counseling the Terminally Ill (Roger Wagner)
- The Problems of Pain Medicine (Dr. Charles Hodges)