Book Review – A Voice Of Hope

Book Review – A Voice Of Hope

A Voice of Hope

By Connie Bricker Shaler

You can pick up a copy of her book at

On the back cover of the book where it gives you an idea of what the book is about, it asks “Are you trying to cope with depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, grief, anxiety, lingering illness, or imminent death?”

The story takes a look at the spiritual side of Connie Bricker Shaler and her poor health spanning a twenty-eight year period. It is her spiritual journey.

a_voice_of_hope“A Voice of Hope” doesn’t read like a journey at all. It reads like a Christian self help book or a Christian devotional book. The key words printed on the back cover imply it is being marketed as a Christian devotional book. As such, it is a good book.

Sadly, it doesn’t talk that much about her depression and Chronic Fatigue.

Based on how this book was presented to me and based on what the back cover said, I went into the book looking for a story of a person and how sick they were with depression and Chronic Fatigue. How did those illnesses affect her ability to carry on or did those chronic illnesses interfere with relationships, work, mothering, etc. I expected those ideas to be the subject of the book since depression and chronic fatigue were mentioned as much as they were.

I need to say up front that this book is worth the read. It is thought provoking and inspiring. However, I was disappointed because it referred very little to how her spiritual journey affected her illnesses. Her journey was inspiring, but I would like to have seen how her journey was affected, step by step.

I would like to have had her explain how her CFS affected her daily living over time and how, during the flare ups, her spiritual encounters helped her. There is only a little story behind some of the narration and reflections and then it isn’t in any chronological order.

So enough bashing, because that’s what I feel like I’m doing. I don’t want to come across as bashing the book because it is a good Christian devotional book and if you go into the book properly prepared, I think you will find it enjoyable and inspirational.

I think she should do a book or ebook with just her poetry.

When I realized “A Voice of Hope” wasn’t what I expected, I didn’t put it down or throw it out. I kept reading. I read it like a devotional book, no longer looking for the correlation between her illnesses and here spiritual journey.

My copy of the book has my handwriting in the margins and many sentences highlighted or underlined. I was inspired by many of her thoughts and touched by many of her poems. I have some new outlooks on different aspects of my journey with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Her typical format is to start of a section with some narrative, an occasional original poem and then some related quotes and then a reflection box which often summaries that section and asks probing questions getting you to think about what you have just read. Often those reflections encourage you to think and apply her ideas in your life.

She includes many of her poems and they are very good. Her narration is good also. The book is laid out nicely and it’s got a good readable font. Its 179 pages.

I should have been able to read it in a few hours, but it took several days of reading to get through it because it caused me to think and ponder. It was an inspirational book more than it was an entertaining book. The only real complaint is that for me, it would have been nice to have her narrative and poems interspersed with the chronology of her illness so we knew how she was feeling and what she was thinking about at the time certain events happened. It would also be nice to know how life and her chronic illnesses are doing at this later stage in her life.

I endorse this book wholeheartedly and recommend reading it from the standpoint of being a Christian devotional book more than anything else. I would lovingly encourage her to get it on ebook at an affordable price because this book as the ability to touch and inspire many people, both with and with chronic illnesses.

Christian Daily Devotional – Do It Unto Me

Daily Christian Devotional

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least my brethren, ye have done it unto me. This scripture should be understood and felt by everyone that professes to follow Jesus Christ.


Literally, everything we do for people is as if we are doing it unto Jesus be it good or bad.  If we mistreat others we are mistreating Jesus. If we treat others well then we are literally treating our Savior well.

If we turn away the beggars, or panhandlers, we are turning away the Messiah. If we open the door for others then we are holding the door open for the Master.

If you bear false witness against your neighbor or treat your fellow man bad in any way you are doing the same to our Redeemer. Do these words make you uncomfortable or defensive?  If so then thanks to repentance, you can be forgiven and go about treating all men good. Thus treating Jesus Christ well.

You daily activities and you words you speak and thoughts you think all mean something. For better or worse, they will be used for you or against you depending on how you think and speak and treat others. God bless you all as you strive to serve the Lord through your actions towards others and your thoughts and words as well.

Christian Daily Devotional: Surely He Hath Born Our Griefs And Carried Our Sorrows

Christian Daily Devotional

The Old Testament taught us that Jesus Christ “hath born our grief’s and carried our sorrows: yet did we esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted.” This verse teaches us far more than we will cover in this devotional. We learn that Christ, himself, while suffering in the garden and on the cross, suffered and felt our grief and sorrow.

Jesus knows first hand how we feel when we are filled with sorrow, likewise he knows first hand our grief. Whom can we go to in this life that knows first hand how we feel? Many people can show empathy to us. We can show empathy to others, as we should, but we cannot know first hand their grief and we don’t know their sorrows but we can empathize with them.


But I digress. Since Christ has suffered the pains and anguish of our sorrows and griefs why do we insist on going through our sorrows alone? Why do we grieve alone? Why do we settle for empathy when we can receive first hand help from our Master and our Savior? Don’t get me wrong, empathy is very nice but there is more, there is more that we can receive it we reach out to our Lord who knows perfectly what we are feeling and how we are feeling.

He will help us if we reach out to him in faith with humility.

Daily Devotional: Whom The Lord Loveth He Correcteth

Daily Devotional: Whom The Lord Loveth He Correcteth

My son, despise not the chastening….For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth.


This inspirational daily quote tells us that through the Lords love he will, from time to time, chasten us to help us make course corrections. They may seem stiff and unpleasant but sometimes that is the price of salvation. Remember the Lord loves us in good times or bad.

Let God Build Your Life – A Christian Devotional

Let God Build your Life – A Christian Devotional


God, who made the heavens and the earth can make more out of us than we can. God knows the hairs on your head. A sparrow does not fall without him knowing about it. Even with all the wisdom and learning we have, we can be so much more if we let God into our lives and let him build our life. We just need to seek understanding of his will and follow his teachings and we will become far more than we ever thought possible.

Troy Wagstaff ©

Easter Memes and Graphics – Christian Devotional

Easter Memes and Graphics – Christian Devotional

This Christian memes about Easter are free to use now or whenever. The Easter message is good to use year around.


The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ


The first thing Christ did when he was resurrected was appear to three women.


Because Christ was resurrected, we will also be resurrected.

Daily Devotional With Pictures

Daily Christian Devotional With Pictures

The Living Sermon

Be what the Lord wants you to be, not what the world wants you to be.

Be what the Lord wants you to be, not what the world wants you to be.


Confess Jesus Before Men: Testify!

Confess Jesus Before Men: Testify!

Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)

confess_me_b4_menWe have the promise that if we confess (testify) of Jesus before men, then Jesus will testify of us before Heavenly Father. Imagine, our Redeemer testifying of us (insert your name here) before The Father.

So, how do we confess our Savior before men? The obvious answer is to tell everyone we can about Jesus and how great He is. Why? Besides what has already been stated about teaching and testifying of Jesus, we need to help spread the good news so that others can have the blessings of The Messiah in their lives. So that others can receive the blessings of salvation.

There are some who have an amazing fear of speaking before men or otherwise unable to testify. But that is really not true. We can testify of The Lord with our actions and how we live our life and how we treat others. Actions speak louder than words. People can “see your hands in action but your tongue to fast my run.”

So there is no excuse to testify of The Lord before men.


The Lord Daily Bears Us Up

The Lord Daily Bears Us Up

Christian Devotional


This delightful quote comes from the Bible and is popular among those who create Christian memes or graphics. Is sounds hopeful and it praises The Lord. There is more to this simple and profound Bible quote. When you understand it better, you’ll have a new and even more profound appreciation for this wonderful verse.

Look at the Greek meaning for the word “bear.” It means “bear with,” “remove” or “endure.” So let’s read this verse with the Greek meaning.

blessedbethelordFirst version with “bear with”:
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears with us up…

Second version with “remove“:
Blessed be the Lord, who daily remove us up…

Third version with “endure”:
Blessed be the Lord, who daily endure us up…

These versions don’t make complete grammatical sense however these Greek meanings add to the meaning of the verse.

Let’s look at the traditional sense of the verse as it is in the Christian picture. Blessed be the Lord, who daily keeps us standing, gives us strength or hope, keeps us going on the right path.

Now lets look at the additional meaning of the verse that the Greek words provide. The “bear(s) with” means that daily (every day!) The Lords bears with us, or puts up with us. Is this really much different? I think so, because it implies that He puts up with us rather than just cast us off because He gets tired with our redundant bad behavior. He’s loving us all the time and does what He can to be with us always. If we need him (we always need Him), He is right there.

In the case of the word “remove,” I don’t see how it works in this verse but the word “bear” appears throughout the scriptures so it’s worth mentioning now for use later on in your Bible reading. In the application of “bear” or “remove” could refer to the removal of sin through our repentance and His mercy and grace. It could also mean that He removes barriers, trials or other problems we may be involved with.

In the third application using the word “endure” makes a lot of sense in this verse and could make a lot of sense in other uses throughout the Bible. The Lord daily “endures” with us. It speaks to the longsuffering quality of our Redeemer’s love for us.

Not only do these Greek meanings add some to this great Bible passage but it aids in understanding other passages in the Holy Scriptures.

Christian Devotional – Christian Meme

Inspirational Christian Quote and Devotional


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