So You Have a Disease

Devotions and Stories to Restore Hope

Christian - Living
127 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2021
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Author Biography

When my neurologist told me that my MS would eventually be terminal for me, I was depressed and angry. The reason for being depressed is obvious. But anger? I was mad at God! How could He let this happen! I had been working on my fifth book, a devotional book about living with a disease. But when I received the latest diagnosis, I didn't write again for a year and a half.

Then, I had a dream about my funeral where I could see my body in a casket. Then the "dream minister" began his homily. He mentioned how "God gave Beth her first book on MS in a dream. But the book for which she is best remembered is her devotional about disease." When I woke up, I then realized that the dream minister was talking about this book! So, I started writing again.

Maybe it was just some wacky dream! But my dear friend Jim didn't think so. He once said to me, "If I am ever flying on a plane, and you have a dream that my plane crashed, I would cancel the flight!" Jim unfortunately died before the devotional book about disease was published.

MS has robbed me of everything and I am now in a wheelchair. But if this book helps other people who are suffering from a disease, then my life will have had purpose and I am so grateful for this opportunity to speak to other individuals who are also suffering.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite

Beth Praed is a delightful writer and So You Have a Disease gives encouragement, insight, inspiration, and hope. She has MS. Notice I said, she has MS. MS does not have her. There is a big difference between having a disease and a disease having you. There is a difference in one’s attitude and a big difference in the reaction to the disease. Beth is not afraid to be honest. She shares her heart with all its struggles. Too many Christian authors shy away from the reality of their doubts about God, God’s love, God’s faithfulness, and God’s intentions. Beth is not afraid to admit that she has struggled with each of these issues. She is not afraid to admit that she has often asked the question, “Why me Lord?”

I love the way Beth Praed ends her devotional with the statement: "We are here for a reason—to learn as much as we can, to love with the whole of our being, and to serve God with every breath in our bodies." She leads the reader through a series of devotions that will inspire you to keep-on-keeping-on. Too many books on diseases from a Christian standpoint are way off base and not encouraging at all. Beth does not give the typical “Christian” platitudes. Too many books leave the suffering saint frustrated by indicating that the disease is the result of a lack of faith. “If you only had enough faith,” is a cruel statement to make to someone in their dark days of suffering. Beth does not do this. She gently encourages from her own suffering and experiences. Read So You Have a Disease for an abundance of encouragement.