This week, Like a Flower Grows, Volume 3: Sixty New Reflections on Life in the Spirit is being released in both print and as an ebook. This book of devotions continues to explore Scripture and its relationship to my everyday life.
Among other topics, it includes devotions about coping with the neuromuscular disease Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT). I hope to educate readers about this little-know hereditary peripheral neuropathy while sharing my spiritual journey.
In June of 2013, I launched my first ebook. Like a Flower Grows, Volume 1: Sixty Meditations on Growing in Christ also contains sixty original Scriptural devotions, looking at my growth as a new believer, coping with my diagnosis with CMT, and my reflections on Scripture. Volumes 1 and 2 are now available as ebooks and in print form.
To celebrate the release of the third volume of the series, Like a Flower Grows, Volume 3, can be downloaded as a Kindle ebook for free on Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3, 2014. During this promotional period, it can be downloaded be downloaded for free by clicking on its image below this article.
The second volume, Like a Flower Grows, Volume 2 will also be available for free download to celebrate the launch of Volume 3. Click on the image below on Sunday July 27 or Monday July 28, 2014 to download the ebook for free.
The content of these books was written during my quiet time while reading and meditating on Scripture. I have shared some of these reflections on the Neuromuscular Disease site, but in slightly different form. Spiritual journaling has played a major role in my spiritual growth and physical and health. I have found that my spiritual growth has supported my emotional healing and helped me to find the meaning in my health issues.
Research suggests I am not alone in finding that spirituality has supported my physical and emotional health. According to Puchalski (2001), healing is a spiritual process. This is especially true when a cure for physical illness is not possible. Research suggests that having strong spiritual beliefs can lead to a better outlook and higher quality of life. Prayer has also been found to aid in pain control, bereavement, and even facing death with dignity. Spirituality can also help individuals cope with stress better, find purpose, release unhealthy tendencies to try to control the uncontrollable, and expand their social network and avoid isolation, and lead a healthier life, according to the Mayo Clinic Staff (2010).
I have also created a website for my devotional series, Like a Flower Grows. You can visit the site at http://likeaflowergrows.com/ . There is also a facebook page for the books, which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/likeaflowergrows . Please take the time to visit and leave a comment.
I appreciate your support and encouragement during my book launch! Please download my books, leave a review, and pass this article and the book link along to others.
Mayo Clinic Staff, (2010). Spirituality and stress relief: Make the connection. Downloaded from the Mayo Clinic website at http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044464 on July 26, 2014.
Puchalski, C.M., (2001). The role of spirituality in healthcare. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings. Downloaded from the National Institute of Health U.S. Library of Medicine website at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1305900/ on July 26, 2014.
Reijonen, J., (2013). Like a Flower Grows, Volume 1. Available for download or print at my author page at https://amazon.com/author/jorireijonen . Also available in print form at https://www.createspace.com/4380213 .
Reijonen, J., (2013). Like a Flower Grows, Volume 2. Available for download or print at my author page at https://amazon.com/author/jorireijonen . Also available in print form at https://www.createspace.com/4488487 .
Reijonen, J., (2014). Like a Flower Grows, Volume 3. Available for download or print at my author page at https://amazon.com/author/jorireijonen . Also available in print form at https://www.createspace.com/4918781 .