28 Days of Prayer: Praying Through a Child’s Illness
28 Days of PrayerWessel Bentley • July 2011
Can I trust God when my child is seriously ill? Wessel Bentley knows the agony of this question, and he writes from his own experience of having a child with severe heart problems.
Bentley understands parents' need for spiritual support when they face the tough task of raising a child with a serious illness. He sensitively guides parents through a 28-day process of prayer, reflection, and practical suggestions for coping with their situation.
The four weeks of readings address these themes:
- Week 1: How Can This Be?
- Week 2: Who Can I Blame?
- Week 3: What Can We Do?
- Week 4: How Can We Live?
Each daily reading supports the weekly theme with a scripture passage, meditation, prayer, and suggestions for deeper thought or practical application. Reflection questions at the back of the book may be used for small-group discussion or further individual exploration.
Praying Through a Child's Illness is a must read for every family dealing with a seriously ill child. Bentley's sensitive reflections will help sustain you through your time of intense difficulty.
Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1072-2
EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1152-1
Imprint: Upper Room
Pub Date: July 2011
Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.25 in (h) x in (d)
Page Count: 72
BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Prayer
—Dr. Dion Forster Father, husband, theologian, and author Cape Town, South Africa *Praying Through a Child’s Illness** is a powerful, hope-filled book based on personal experience. I have no doubt that the heartfelt questions posed by Rev. Bentley will reverberate with many parents, grandparents, and family members. Having lived through the experience of a child who is very ill, he speaks with authentic feeling and sensitivity. This book will be an extremely helpful resource for parents all over the world who are facing similar health issues alongside their children.
—Roland Rink Director, Africa Upper Room Ministries Johannesburg, South Africa As much as Wessel Bentley is a deep theologian, he is also a loving, devoted, and down-to-earth father. He is able to share the reality of the huge concerns and worries about his son Matthew’s condition. He then guides parents with ill children through a simple yet amazingly effective, systematic 28-day prayer process of allowing God’s powerful, healing presence to restore peace, faith, hope, and love in every situation and concern. This book is an essential resource for all those who are dealing with family members who are ill.
—Renny Stoltz Friend and congregation member at Glen Methodist Church Pretoria, South Africa This is a book of prayer, insight, and support. It is written by a parent who experienced shock, doubt, and helplessness when he discovered that his child was seriously ill. He does not insult the reader with simplistic or unfeeling answers but invites the reader to draw on the strength, love, presence, and wisdom of God. In many practical ways he offers emotional and relational insights that can assist those who are living with the daily pain of a sick and vulnerable child. These meditations can help sustain you in a time of intense difficulty.
—Louise Kretzschmar Professor of Theological Ethics University of South Africa