Recommended Reading for Living with Chronic Pain

The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering by Melanie Thernstrom (2011). A fascinating combination of personal narrative and reporting on the nature of chronic pain.

Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice by Stephanie Paulsell (2003). A thoughtful, gentle book for recognizing the wonder and beauty of our bodies in different states—suffering, eating, exercising, resting, and so on—helps us reconnect with our bodies when we feel most distant and confused from them by pain.

The Body Broken: A Memoir by Lynne Greenberg (2009). A moving account of a young woman’s journey into a life of chronic pain following an accident and a broken neck—and the resilience of her spirit in reclaiming a productive, satisfying life despite the changes.

Living with Pain without Becoming One by Craig Selness (2017). This book provides scriptural encouragement with honesty and inspires those who hurt and those who love people with chronic pain not to allow their suffering to lead to misery or destroy loving relationships.

Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend by Kim Fredrickson (2015). Licensed marriage and family therapist Kim Fredrickson suffers from a fatal lung disease as she encourages readers to invest in self-care by extending grace toward themselves as generously as they would show grace to others.

Perfectly Abnormal: Uncovering the Image of God in Chronic Illness by Chris Morris (2017). This author is a living testimony of God’s generosity and goodness in chronic illness. He suffers with chronic illness and is a parent of a child with special needs.

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