Eight months ago, I was a mom with chronic illness raising four teens and early 20s with chronic illness.
Today, I’m co-founder of Chronic Joy Ministry, Inc., a non-profit chronic illness ministry and author of DISCOVERING HOPE, Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness.
I’m still raising four teens and early 20s with chronic illness, and I’m still living every day with my own chronic illness, but something has changed.
DISCOVERING HOPE isn’t the book I set out to write just as life with chronic illness isn’t the life I set out to live.
But this is the book God invited me to write, because these are the words I also needed to read – words I needed to hold in my hands like a steaming mug of Earl Gray tea, savoring the warmth, learning to taste hope sip by slow sip.
Because hope is like that – spring’s first whisper rising from indigo shadows, February dawns streaked in watercolor blush – a glimmer, a hint, the shimmer of new growth. A single, hesitant, tentative step.
At its core, DISCOVERING HOPE is an invitation. It’s how these words first found their way onto the page and how they eventually found their way into this book. Nearly ten years ago I was invited to write a monthly article for a church newsletter – 500 word vignettes – moments when I learned to seek beauty in difficult places, to savor joy regardless of my circumstances and to experience the tender growth of hope. Those articles are the heartbeat of this book.
For no matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, how deep the valley or how long the winter, there is hope.
Regardless of the diagnoses or prognoses, in spite of the limitations and loss, there is hope.
Whether you’re waking up in the hospital today or you’ve been up all night caring for a loved one, there is hope.
There is always hope – a journey that begins with the very first page.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
Today, we’re inviting you to join the DISCOVERING HOPE Book Launch Team.
Nearly 1 in 2 people live with one or more chronic illnesses – that’s nearly half the world’s population and almost certainly someone you know. Chronic illness affects faith, family, friendships, marriage, finances, education, jobs and hobbies – in short, every aspect of life.
Chronic illness is hard. But there is hope.
Today, we’re asking you to extend the invitation of hope to your community by introducing your family, friends and followers to DISCOVERING HOPE.
We’ll provide you with everything you need:
- Advanced Reader PDF of DISCOVERING HOPE (as soon as you sign up)
- TWO beautiful print copies of DISCOVERING HOPE – one for you and one to give away
- Engaging social media graphics to share, pin and tweet
- And thoughtfully-selected special gifts just for signing up
ARE YOU READY TO JOIN?
Just complete this brief sign-up form and you’re all set.
Do you know someone who might be interested? We’d be honored if you’d share this with them.
The DISCOVERING HOPE launch team is open to all, but we’re only able to offer the two print copies and special gifts to the first 25 people who sign up.
JOIN US TODAY IN EXTENDING THE EXQUISITE INVITATION OF HOPE!
DISCOVERING HOPE will be available SOON through Amazon and Chronic Joy Ministry.
Cindee Snider Re is wife of nearly 25 years to the man she loves most in this world, mama of five world-shaking creatives (15-23), photographer, craver of quiet, and lover of cotton, denim, Jesus and tea. Cindee is co-founder of Chronic Joy Ministry, Inc. and author of DISCOVERING HOPE, Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness. She and four of her five kids have Ehlers-Danlos and myriad co-existing conditions.
Radical hope. Compassionate change. Equipping those affected by chronic physical and mental illness through community and education rooted in Jesus Christ.