Fearless Living and Loving
By Vicky Forrest, Media Content Editor – Article featured in the 2015 Summer Journey Newsletter
Hospice of Dayton Chaplain, John Love, started writing spiritual reflections to share with his patients and families three and half years ago. The positive response he received from hospice patients, families and caregivers motivated him to turn his reflections into a book. The newly published Fearless Living and Loving-Christian Hope for the Sick and Their Caregivers guides readers through a spiritual journey of self-discovery.
“As a chaplain, I’m sensitive to honoring all faith traditions,” Love explains. “I didn’t write this book to change what people believe. Rather, I think it will help people clarify their beliefs and encourage readers to examine what their faith means to them. I also wanted to provide an uplifting message, a book that offers hope for people facing chronic or terminal illness and for those who love and care for them.”
Love has observed that end-of-life care presents unique challenges for professional caregivers. He says, “Hospice organizations are blessed to attract the very best of the best: nurses, aides, counselors, and so on. But the physical and emotional demands of the work can deplete caregivers and lead to burnout. I believe that spiritual work helps us grow in love and faith. And as we grow in love and faith-as we feel closer and more connected to God-we are better equipped to handle the daily stress which comes our way.”
Fearless Living and Loving is available through WestBow Press, a division of Christian publisher Thomas Nelson & Zondervan. It can be ordered online at www.westbowpress.com or by calling WestBow at 1-866-928-1240.
You can also purchase the book through AmazonSmile, which donates 0.5% of your purchase to Hospice of Dayton when you designate Hospice of Dayton as your charity of choice. http://smile.amazon.com