You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. -C.S. Lewis

Books to Encourage and Inspire at Your Fingertips


When the difficult journey of chronic illness enters our lives, books can quickly become some of our best friends. C.S. Lewis wrote, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to satisfy me.”  While book length and number are negotiable, the kinds of books we read and interact with is important. Places, ideas, and circumstances woven throughout the pages of a book can offer hope, encouragement, and inspiration on dark days. For example, a contemporary missionary story, Living Sacrifice by Helen Roseveare, challenges the idea that chronic illness doesn’t diminish our capacity to love, teach, preach, serve, counsel, write, and speak, but instead, opened Roseveare’s heart to a ministry of presence and purpose deeply impacting the Kingdom of God on earth.

While the internet offers much information about illnesses, medications, supplements, treatments, and current research, when Chronic Joy® began, there was no place at-our-fingertips to find resources, books, or tools designed to educate, encourage, and inspire hearts, minds, and souls on this difficult journey. Long before we understood where God was leading Chronic Joy, we personally understood the need for an easy-to-navigate hub for hope-filled resources. For years, we have been working to develop a method for our community to join us in sharing these kinds of resources, specifically books that have made our journeys through chronic illness,  mental illness, and chronic pain a little bit easier.

Often, our favorite go-to books are like our “best kept secrets,” that we rarely Pass It On to fellow travelers. Today, you can help us change that!

Together in Community – Our Seal of Approval

Chronic Joy Seal of Approval

Over the years, it has brought us great joy to share our own “best-kept little secrets” with you. And recently, some of you have begun sharing some of your own favorite books with us. Even more exciting! That’s the heart of our Books We Love. As you share your favorite resources with us, and we approve it (essentially giving it our Chronic Joy Seal of Approval), we add it to our website, making it available to the entire Chronic Joy community.

Why Is This So Important To Us?

Because community is at the heart of Chronic Joy. We are always better together! As we each share what has encouraged, inspired, or strengthened us, we invest in one another, offering fellow pilgrims a helping hand, a creative way to continue to serve with chronic illness –  each little loaf and fish making a vital difference.


A Quick Website Tour

Whether you are a leader, a caregiver, a spouse, a parent, someone with illness, or you wear several hats, we have handpicked books, blogs, tools, and websites just for you. As you scroll through Our Programs, you’ll find a wide variety of helpful and encouraging resources, and free printables. Visit our Store and you’ll find books published by Chronic Joy as well as the beautiful flat cards.

Each webpage, program, book, resource, and notecard on our site has been curated with our growing community in mind. It’s our hearts’ desire to provide you with an inviting, easy-to-navigate website filled with go-to, at-your-fingertip resources to encourage and inspire you.

We invite you to stop by today and visit often!

Books We Love - Handpicked just for you!


Looking for a GREAT BOOK – something encouraging, inspiring or educational? We’ve handpicked outstanding books JUST FOR YOU! When you shop through our links, your purchase helps support the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy.


Kindness → Pass It On! Making the Journey Easier for One Another


Making the Journey Easier for All of Us

PASS IT ON! is an invitation to pass on the love and kindness of God – making the journey easier for all of us. Write hope-filled #PenToPaper notes. Share encouraging books, blogs, and websites. Knit prayer shawls. Welcome others into the Chronic Joy community.


Chronic Joy Publishing - A Labor of Love.

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A Labor of Love • Words steeped in prayer become a courageous harvest of books.

Are you struggling? Wounded? Suffering? Lonely? Fraying at the edges? You are not alone. Step into a new journey through illness with Jesus, and discover how radically and perfectly you are loved. Discover great books just for you!


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