About the Book
PRAYERS OF HOPE FOR CAREGIVERS
Harvest House Publishers
April 2, 2019
As You Give Care, God Is Caring for You
Caring for someone with health needs can be emotionally, physically, and spiritually draining. Sarah Forgrave has spent considerable time, both as someone struggling with serious medical issues and as the family member of a chronically ill patient, and she understands the many challenges you face in your caregiving role.
Sarah wants to share what she discovered with you—peace through prayer, solace in Scripture, and unending hope from a Heavenly Father who never stops loving you.
Each heartfelt prayer and devotion is intended to help you navigate the complex set of emotions that come with caregiving. Read it front to back or go directly to the devotion addressing how you feel at any given moment…when you need it most.
Take comfort in the truth that God knows your every need as a caregiver and is always there for you amid your toughest trials.
Freebies + Help for Caregivers
Add inspiration to your cell phone, tablet, or computer desktop with these free wallpaper downloads. The design is based on the words of Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
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 caregiving friend? Visit THIS LINK for two printable cards of encouragement. Each one includes a simple message + an uplifting Scripture verse.
Help for Caregivers
The following blog posts may be helpful to you, whether you’re a caregiver or know someone who is. Click an image to read the post, or click the button to see the entire Caregiving blog series.
“As a physician, I watch many people struggle with the emotional weariness and physical exhaustion of being a caregiver. If you are currently in that situation, Prayers of Hope for Caregivers provides the strength and peace you need to make it through another day. Sarah Forgrave directly addresses every type of difficulty you could imagine with uplifting Scriptures and soul-cleansing prayer. This book is a perfect gift to give not to the one in the hospital bed, but to the one sitting at the bedside holding the patient’s hand.”
— Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD, internal medicine physician and author of Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity
“Sarah Forgrave has given us a real jewel of a prayer guide. Everyone knows of, has been, or has needed a caregiver. This book gives us great insight on how to pray in many different situations regarding care and caregivers. You will be blessed as you pray through this book.”
— Dave Butts, president of Harvest Prayer Ministries and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee
“This book is a lifeline of hope and tender loving care for the caregiver. I am one, and each prayer is like a cup of refreshing love for those unbearably hard days. Buy these books by the case as gifts for every caregiver you know—these precious words are lifejackets sent from heaven to hold us up so we can hold others up. Thank you, Sarah!”
— Pam Farrel, author of 46 books, including bestselling Men Are Like Waffles—Women Are Like Spaghetti and Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Bible Study Experience
“As my mom’s primary caregiver, I experienced the challenges of decision making and physical caregiving—traveling several hours and spending more time with her in her home than in my own each week. It was exhausting, depleting, and heartbreaking. For such a time I needed a book like Prayers of Hope for Caregivers, which provides the support and encouragement on a daily basis that caregivers truly need. If you know a weary caregiver, this is the perfect gift.”
— Janet Holm McHenry, bestselling author of 24 books, including The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus
“From one peek at the table of contents in Prayers of Hope for Caregivers, I knew that Sarah Forgrave understands the feelings and struggles of a caregiver. And while reading her bite-sized entries filled with gentle reminders of God’s promises and presence—along with her heartfelt, honest prayers—I felt fortified, encouraged, and refreshed. Sarah embraces her readers with many important truths. Because the days for caregivers often seem endless, I’m especially grateful that she wove in this powerful message: our heavenly Father is eternal, He’s not limited by time or space, and He will provide what we need right now. Thank you, Sarah, for this beautiful and thoughtful book!”
— Twila Belk, caregiver, writer, and speaker; author of seven books, including The Power to Be: Be Still, Be Grateful, Be Strong, Be Courageous
“As a professional counselor; recent caregiver to my sister-in-law and her husband, who both died of cancer, leaving behind 3 small children; and supporter of many caregivers, I’m excited to see this resource that will become a reference tool for our counseling center. Caring for someone often leaves us little time to read, so I especially like that each chapter is brief and includes prayers for moments when the care recipient struggles with receiving care.”
— Michelle Nietert, MA, licensed professional counselor and clinical director of Community Counseling Associates
“Prayers of Hope for Caregivers is a gift. Sarah Forgrave has taken the momentum of her Prayers for Hope and Healing for those with chronic illnesses and now addresses those who faithfully serve them. Caregiving is a solitary calling. Prayers of Hope for Caregivers reminds us, ‘You are not alone, and you matter.'”
— Shawn Kuhn, patient care, ASAP (a specialty pharmacy for those with chronic illnesses)
“Prayers of Hope for Caregivers gives permission to express the emotions that can come through caregiving, whether you’re holding down a toddler for shots or taking away car keys from an elderly parent. In this book, Sarah Forgrave covers transitions from home to hospital to rehab and connected challenges. If you are a caregiver, I’m confident you’ll discover that her words express what you have been feeling. Use the prayer prompts to come before the Savior who brings rest.”
— Jim Littlejohn, pastoral care minister
“As a counselor, I’m aware of caregivers among us who are overlooked, exhausted, and alone. Prayers of Hope for Caregivers is a personal gift to caregivers that ministers to their souls as they pour out to others. This book not only is filled with personal prayers, but it’s also a tool that groups, counselors, or pastors can use to minister to caregivers or for friends and family members who want to encourage a caregiver. This will be a great addition to my bookshelf as a counselor and friend!”
— Brenda L. Yoder, licensed mental health counselor and author of Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind
“Being a caregiver is a high calling and often comes with a high price. Author Sarah Forgrave understands the love and sacrifice behind caring for someone we love. This book is the support every caregiver needs. It reminds those caring for others that they also have needs and our heavenly Father understands. Truly a book I’ll keep on hand to give to others.”
— Edie Melson, author of Soul Care When You’re Weary
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Interviews and Appearances
- Podcast Interview – Coming Alive Conversations
- Radio Interview – Your Hope-Filled Perspective on GraceandTruthRadio.world
- 10 Scriptures of Encouragement for Caregivers – Dr. Michelle Bengtson’s blog
- Podcast Interview – Moms in Prayer
- Podcast Interview – Life Beyond the Picket Fence
- 5 Ways to Encourage a Caregiver – Mona Hodgson’s blog
- Podcast Interview – Spoken Freely
- 6 Truths about God During Life’s Hard Moments – Brenda L. Yoder’s blog
- Podcast Interview – Christian Habits Podcast with Barb Raveling
- When You Have Nothing Left to Give – Janet McHenry’s blog
- Video Podcast Interview – Equipping Godly Women
- Podcast Interview – Better Together with Barb Roose
- Self-Care Tips for Caregivers – Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith’s blog
- A Prayer for the Caregiver Who Feels Invisible – Harvest House blog
Sample Interview Questions
- What prompted you to write this book?
- There’s a wide range of themes in your devotional titles. How did you come up with them?
- In the book, you briefly share how you were impacted by the medical challenges of your family members, particularly from a young age. How have those experiences shaped you into who you are today?
- In your own caregiving seasons, what have you found helpful to not only survive but thrive?
- What Bible verses have been particularly comforting for you as you’ve cared for others?
- Sometimes it’s hard to know how to help caregivers, especially if we’ve never been in that role ourselves. What would you say to those of us who want to support our caregiver friends but don’t know how?
- If you could say one thing to a caregiver at the end of his or her rope, 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.
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*author photos by Christian Barreno / Imaging by Christian