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New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Liturgy for Morning Prayer, Upper Room Worshipbook

Not Alone

Encouragement for Caregivers

Nell E. Noonan • March 2009

BUY Print $9.99

Caregivers have a front-row seat to suffering. Helping someone (most likely a close loved one) through disease, pain, frailty, and death exacts a tremendous toll.

In the midst of caregiving, we often feel inadequate, fatigued, and overwhelmed with despair. The thought of reaching out for help does not occur to many caregivers, but we cannot go it alone-we need to find ways to connect with others. Self-care is also critical to our mental and physical health.

Nell Noonan offers 150 honest and authentic devotions from her own experience. Think of these readings as God's embrace. They will encourage you and give you the strength to make it through another day.

Understanding caregiving as a spiritual pilgrimage is important in caring for ourselves. "God is with us in the tears and the laughter, the brokenness and the holiness, the exhaustion and the whispers of resurrection," Noonan writes. When you pause daily to listen to your life, you will discover that God is there, and you are not alone.


Categories: Caregiving, Older Adults
Nell Noonan served in church educational ministry for over 30 years and also worked in public, school, and university libraries. She holds master’s degrees in religious education and library science, as well as a D.Min. in biblical studies. She and her husband, Bob—for whom she is caregiver—live in Texas. Noonan is the author of another devotional book, Not Alone: Encouragement for Caregivers.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9982-6

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20090301

Trim Size: 5 in (w) x 7 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 320

BISAC Categories: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Eldercare

BISAC1: FAM017000

BISAC2: FAM005000

BISAC3: REL109010

I am reading Not Alone for the 4th time and have given copies of it to other caregivers. As the caregiver to my husband, who has Alzheimer's, I have found this book to be a source of help, humor, and spiritual grounding. We also use it in a caregivers support group at our church, First United Methodist in Corsicana, Texas. Thank you, Nell Noonan, for sharing your experiences and insights.
—Susan Stites Corsicana, Texas

Not Alone: Encouragement for Caregivers is a much-needed book for the growing number of caregivers in our society. Nell Noonan speaks out of her experience caring for her husband, and the pages of this devotional book are full of meaningful thoughts for all caregivers. A cursory glance at the Contents page points to the daily challenges that caregivers face, but also the joys that can accrue from caring for a loved one. She relates her meditations to scripture, predominantly from the Psalms, the Gospels and the letters of Paul. Nell Noonan is realistic about the endless burden of the 36-hour day for caregivers, but offers a spiritual support that provides incredible strength. I will have no hesitancy in making caregivers whom I serve aware of this book.

Dr. Richard L. Morgan, Author and Facilitator of Alzheimer's Support Groups

God does not always spare us from the storm, but God always walks with us in the storm. Nell Noonan has reminded us that God’s blessings can be found even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Her Not Alone: Encouragement for Caregivers will bless you.

Dr. Scott Youngblood Senior Pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church Arlington, Texas