Like a Flower Grows, Volume 2: Sixty New Meditations on Walking with Christ is being released in both print and as an ebook. This book of devotions continues to explore Scripture and its relationship to everyday life, including coping with neuromuscular disease. It contains a bonus article about Charcot Marie Tooth in order to educate readers about this little-know hereditary peripheral neuropathy.
In June of 2013, I launched my first ebook through Amazonís Kindle Direct Publishing. 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 the neuromuscular disease Charcot Marie Tooth, and my reflections on Scripture. Volume 1 is now available as an ebook and in print form.
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 health. I have found that my spiritual growth has supported my emotional healing and helped me to find the meaning in my health issues.
It turns out that 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).
To celebrate the launch of Volume 2, the first volume, Like a Flower Grows, Volume 1: Sixty Meditations on Growing in Christ, can be downloaded as a Kindle ebook for free on Monday, October 21 through Wednesday, October 23, 2013. During this time, it can be downloaded be downloaded for free through the link below this article.
The second volume, Like a Flower Grows, Volume 2: Sixty New Meditations on Walking with Christ will be also be available for free download to celebrate its launch. Visit my author page (see the link below) on Friday, October 25, 2013 through Sunday, October 27, 2013 to download the ebook for free.
Recently, I also started a website for my devotional series of books called Like a Flower Grows. You can visit the site at http://likeaflowergrows.com/ . Take the time to visit and leave a comment.
I appreciate your support and encouragement during my book launch! Please download my books 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.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1305900/ on June 28, 2013.
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 June 28, 2013.
Reijonen, J., (2013). Like a Flower Grows, Volume 1: Sixty Meditations on Growing in Christ. 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: Sixty New on Walking with Christ. Will be 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 .