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Beyond Casseroles 505 Ways Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend

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We all want to help people but we don't know where to start. We hear others who want to reach out to us, or other chronically ill friends, but they make simple offers that we never feel comfortable accepting.

This book is a wonderful way to give people ideas to be creative, approachable, and a great friend. It also teaches a person how to allow an ill friend to be independent and respected, yet still give her/him hope that may be needed.

THEY ARE $6 EACH OF 3 FOR $15 - Give 2 away!

>> Read 52 ways to encourage a chronically ill friend (excerpt)

 >> Read an excerpt at Google Books (older cover)

Lisa wrote this book so that churches, counselors and individuals would have something concrete to grab and get ideas when they hear about someone who is hurting and want to reach out.

Be sure to also check out the JOY Coupons that are a great way to put "feet" on your prayers and good intentions.

Read what others are saying…

As the parent of a child with a chronic illness, I've heard just about every comment on my child's condition and my handling of it. Even though I am a caregiver, as the director of a ministry to families affected by special needs, I find myself referring to the book when my staff and I run out of blessings of share! Thank you! - Lisa Mattheiss, Executive Director LifeLine, Inc., Chattanooga, TN

Beyond Casseroles is a loving instruction manual for both the giver and the receiver the lessons of caring and love abound and the messages of hope, acceptance, love and healing are a balm for the soul. Having spare copies to share of this must-have book is one of my strategies for helping those trying to cope with chronic illness. Rest assured, I'm keeping one for me and my family to share! - Nancy Derby, RN, BSN, MSEd, VP, Executive Board of Directors, National Fibromyalgia Association

Fear of the unknown keeps most people from helping those who suffer. Beyond Casseroles moves us out of the fear zone into the free zone. Lisa Copen's work benefits all who want to minister to the suffering. - Rev. Dan l C. Markham, Managing Director, Joni and Friends

Wow! What a terrific book! Every church office should have a copy. As a church secretary it is hard to know how to help someone who is chronically ill. Of course, the question is always, Is there anything we can help you with? This book gives you ideas to encourage without asking. It is like a book of surprises! - Lisa S. Shutt Secretary, Berean Baptist Church

As a nurse, I often deal with family members who are at a loss to demonstrate love to a chronically ill loved one. As a patient, I wish I could be the recipient of such thoughtful and practical ways to live out love. Either way, you will be blessed! This is a must-have book for anyone who has wanted to do more for a chronically ill loved one, but needs inspiring ideas. Fabulous! - Debbie Lillo, Director of Family Support, Green Pastures, Inc.
We all know that “Call me if you need anything” is a giant cop-out when you’re talking to a friend who is laid up or chronically ill. But what should a person say or do instead? Consider this little paperback (it's about 4 inches wide and costs only $6) the best investment in friendly support that you could make. Every page of Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend, by Lisa J. Copen, is packed with creative little ideas – from the fun to the practical - that will really help and cheer your friend. And, besides suggesting things that you can helpfully do and say, this book tells you what not to do and say. It conveys a sense of what it’s like to have a chronic illness.

Readers say their support groups are buying this book for members, and that they are giving them as personal gifts to caregivers and friends. One reader wrote that she gives a copy to friends who are laid up so they can make suggestions to those who say “if there’s anything I can do…” A comment from reader in response to review: It seems to me that a great idea would be to give a copy to an ill friend; and ask them to mark the ideas that they would like to have you do, and then give the book back to you. That way they don't have to ask verbally, and you can choose the items that you are able to do. You could even mark the ones that you can/will do, and then pass the book on to other friends or family members of the person with the illness, so that they could choose other items. - Migraine Chick
Beyond Casseroles 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend is quite a handy little book. It’s easy to read, helpful, insightful and written by a truly compassionate author, Lisa J. Copen, who knows what it’s like to have a chronic illness. This book is small enough to fit in your purse or your tote bag, but it’s packed full of ideas to help with people with chronic illnesses. The ideas range from the practical like helping with the mail to lending emotional support and offering encouragement. What I really liked were the suggestions on what not to say to someone with a chronic illness. Although the book is intended to offer ideas to encourage a chronically ill friend, there are many ideas that someone who has chronic illness, like myself, could apply to their own life. One thing I’ve learned living with migraines is that I have to be a good friend to myself, although some days it’s hard putting up with me. With the imaginative and caring ideas in this book, it might just be a little easier. - Diane Pederson, BellaOnline's Christian Literature Editor

I wish pastors would keep the first book on their desk to hand to people that need to know how to help a chronically ill friend. It would smooth the pathway for continued friendships or even new friendships. I am re-ordering, yet again, more copies of Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend. I love these little books and are just perfect to give along with a card to someone who deals with chronic pain and illness or someone who is a friend or relative. I try to keep several on hand to give away as needed. I've had lots of positive feedback. As someone recently told me, "It's just common sense, but sometimes it's hard to think of these ideas without a little nudging reminder." - Love in Christ, Linda Dalgliesh, Canada

My husband/pastor, Dr. James E. Williams of Desert Sun Baptist Church, in Glendale Arizona, has been a great supporter and advocate for the National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week from the onset (sponsored by Rest Ministries). In 2008 we chose to give a copy of the book, Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways To Encourage A Chronically Ill Friend, by Lisa Copen, founder and director of Rest Ministries and Invisible Illness Week, to each family in our church. - Michele Williams

Author: Lisa Copen
100% of proceeds of this book are donated back to Rest Ministries by Lisa.
Rest Ministries Publishers, paperback, 106 pages
Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.3 inches

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