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About the Book
PRAYERS FOR HOPE AND HEALING
Harvest House Publishers
October 1, 2017
Amid Pain and Weakness…There Is HOPE
Serious or chronic medical issues bring a litany of painful and confusing feelings that only someone else who’s been in a similar situation could possibly understand. Sarah Forgrave has walked the difficult road you find yourself on. And she empathizes with the uncertain future you face.
No matter the road ahead, you don’t have to face it alone. Even in the depths of your worst emotional and physical pain, God is right there beside you, offering His comfort, love, and peace.
As you read these heartfelt prayers and devotions, let this book be your manual to help navigate the difficult set of emotions that come with health issues. Read it front to back or go directly to the devotion addressing how you feel at any given moment…when you need it the most.
Above all, know that you are never, ever alone.
Freebies + Help for the Hurting
Add inspiration to your cell phone, tablet, or computer desktop with these free wallpaper downloads. The design is based on the words of Romans 8:37, “…in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Click on the image below to open the Dropbox folder. You can then download the wallpapers individually to your devices.
Printable Cards of Encouragement
Looking to encourage a friend? Visit THIS LINK for two printable cards of encouragement. Each one includes a simple message + an uplifting Scripture verse.
Help for the Hurting
The following blog posts may be helpful to you, whether you’re the one hurting or you’re supporting someone who is. Click an image to read the post, or click the button to see the entire Hope and Healing blog series.
“I had no idea when I first received a copy of Prayers for Hope and Healing how very personal this was going to be for me. But now that I find myself in a fight against Stage 4 Lymphoma, I suddenly realize what a gift Sarah Forgrave has given us all. This is a book that will help you pray in the midst of struggle and crisis when you thought there were no more prayers left. It’s practical and compassionate and will bring encouragement not only to those who are facing illness, but to those who love those who are facing illness.”
— Dave Butts, president of Harvest Prayer Ministries and former chair of America’s National Prayer Committee
“As a family physician, I have learned that true health is more than just a cured disease or medicated problem. Medical illnesses affect our relationships and challenge our faith. Pain and strife cause us to ask tough questions—the same tough questions that Sarah Forgrave addresses in this book. If we are honest with ourselves, we all have asked these questions—or will. This book is real and honest and points us to the One who has the answers and true healing. If you are going through difficult medical issues or love someone who is, I would recommend these prayers of hope.”
— Andrew M. Cougill, MD
“Prayers for Hope and Healing by Sarah Forgrave is a breath of fresh air for my weary soul. As a breast cancer survivor and pulmonary fibrosis patient I have been through my share of medical issues. Sarah meets my feelings of fear and discouragement with the empathy only someone who has walked this path could understand. At the same time, she offers hope and encouragement from God, who wants to walk this road with me.
Sarah’s kind words help me know she understands what I am going through. She helps me reach out to God when I’m weary by providing me with words to pray, and Scriptures which offer me hope no matter what. As a patient with a terminal illness, this book will be my constant companion, bringing me comfort as I walk my final path to Him.”
— Kim Fredrickson, author of Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend
“No stranger to living with chronic and serious illness, Sarah Forgrave shares from her own experience with vulnerability and empathy in Prayers for Hope and Healing. Without offering platitudes or pat answers, a message of hope in the midst of pain permeates each devotional and prayer.
The sub-titles of each devotional identify a specific topic related to living with illness. This helpful feature enables readers to return to Prayers for Hope and Healing again and again to read a devotional addressing a particular need of the moment.”
— Judy Gann, author of The God of All Comfort: Devotions of Hope for Those Who Chronically Suffer
“After forty years of making hospital visits, I will feel comfortable giving this book to others. If you’re going through hard times, it’s likely you’ve wrestled with many of the forty-four devotional themes in this book. Sarah Forgrave’s gentle manner shines in these pages, and her thoughts will touch the hurting and help them to realize they are not alone. Each guided prayer in this book is a prompt toward hope.”
— Jim Littlejohn, Pastoral Care Minister
“Author Sarah Forgrave understands the hard places of life. Her prayers give voice to our own struggles and help us connect with the One who can see us through. This is more than a book to read once and put on a shelf. For me, it will be a well-worn volume with a permanent place on my bedside table.”
— Edie Melson, author of While My Child is Away, My Prayers for When We Are Apart (Worthy Inspired)
“When my husband was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in his mid-30’s, confusion and questions about a suddenly unknown future set in. How I wish we had a prayer guide such as Sarah Forgrave’s Prayers for Hope and Healing to give us the words we lacked. The verses, thoughts, and prayers in this book are a balm for the soul. Whether you or someone you love is facing a medical crisis, this book offers truth and hope to anchor your heart and mind during these confusing times.”
— Amelia Rhodes, author of Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community
“Sarah Forgrave’s Prayers for Hope and Healing is a beautiful and tender expression of the inexpressible–when we can’t find the words to pray because the need is so great. Birthed from her own place of pain and healing, the book Forgrave has created addresses the multiple appendages of a deep heart need with authenticity, vulnerability, and faith made stronger through adversity. Her sensitivity to include a breadth of potential concerns makes this book rise above others on the subject of prayer.”
— Cynthia Ruchti, author of 20 books, including Ragged Hope and Tattered and Mended
“As I read each of the chapters of this book, it brought to memory so many of my former hospice patients. I found myself thinking how valuable a tool this book could have been for those patients and their families. The simplicity of the devotional thoughts are strengthened by the very personal prayers. I’m praying that many will find true spiritual strength and grace in difficult times as a result of this book.”
— Rev. Wayne Shidler, Retired Hospice Chaplain
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Interviews and Appearances
- Radio Interview – Heart of the Matter
- Podcast Interview – Arlene Pellicane
- Blog Interview – Overcomer Series at Restored 316
- How to Tackle Your To-Do List in a Stressful Season – The Do-Ahead Woman
- Blog Interview – Pamela Christian’s Book Corner Blog
- What to Say When Someone Asks, “How Can I Help?” – Ashleigh Slater’s blog
- Podcast Interview – Conversation Cafe with Bekah Shaffer
- 4 Ways to Bless Others When You’re Facing a Trial – Ginger Harrington’s blog
- The Art of Being with Someone in Pain – Janell Rardon’s blog
- Practical Ways to Pray for Someone Who’s Sick – Amelia Rhodes’s blog
- 5 Ways to Support a Friend Who’s Going Through a Hard Time – Cindy Bultema’s blog
- Biblical Affirmations for Times of Struggle – Kim Frederickson’s blog
- Facebook Live chat session
- How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say – Debbie W. Wilson’s blog
- 3 Ways to Connect with God When Life Throws a Curveball – I Choose My Best Life
Sample Interview Questions
- What prompted you to write this book?
- Who do you believe will benefit most from it?
- In the book, you briefly mention your sister’s health challenges. How have those shaped you into who you are today?
- What prompted you to develop emotion- and situation-based prayers, and how did you come up with your chapter titles?
- You’ve gone through quite the health journey yourself. What Bible verses have been particularly helpful and comforting to you?
- What books on prayer have impacted you or shaped the way you wrote the prayers in this book?
- Were there any chapters that were especially difficult to write? How did you get them down on paper?
- Sometimes it’s hard to know how to help someone who’s going through a health struggle. What would you say to others who want to support their loved ones but don’t know how?
- You’re a busy mom with two young kids. How do you juggle everything on your plate and still make time for your family?
- If you could say one thing to a person going through health struggles right now, what would it be?
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Sarah Forgrave is an author and speaker who loves encouraging others toward a deeper walk of faith. As someone who has spent considerable time in doctors’ offices, both as a patient and caregiver, Sarah knows the challenges and triumphs a health journey can bring. Her greatest passion is connecting with God in the messes and hardships of life.
She is the author of Prayers of Hope for Caregivers and Prayers for Hope and Healing, a prayer devotional for those facing health challenges. In addition to blogging about prayer, faith, and friendship on her website, she is a monthly contributor to TheChristianMommy.com and has contributed to Guideposts’ A Cup of Christmas Cheer and many other websites and anthologies. Outside of writing and speaking, Sarah is the busy mom of two preteen children and the wife of an entrepreneurial husband. When she has a moment to herself, she loves to shop the aisles at Trader Joe’s or curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. Visit Sarah at www.sarahforgrave.com.
Sarah Forgrave is the author of Prayers of Hope for Caregivers and Prayers for Hope and Healing, prayer devotionals that connect readers to God during hard times. Familiar with the broken messes of life, Sarah loves encouraging others toward a deeper walk of faith. When she’s not writing or speaking, she loves to shop the aisles at Trader Joe’s or spend time with her husband and two preteen children in their Midwest home. Visit Sarah at www.sarahforgrave.com.
Agent: Cynthia Ruchti
Books & Such Literary Management
*author photos by Christian Barreno / Imaging by Christian