Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Meditations for Caregivers

Christian - Devotion/Study
240 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2020
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Author Biography

At one period of life, my husband and I were taking care of a daughter with PTSD, a son with a TBI, my mom with Alzheimer's, and and husband's dad who had Parkinson's disease and mental illness. Our kids and my husband's dad were all living with us, and life was beyond crazy. This book is frankly honest about the hard things, but it's also honest about the beauty and the joy.

I wrote Precious Lord, Take My Hand for all the caregivers who feel overwhelmed and forgotten and exhausted and alone. I want them to know that they are God's hands and feet and are never alone. I pray that God speaks directly to readers' hearts through the word of this book.

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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Precious Lord, Take My Hand: Meditations for Caregivers by Shelly Beach is the author's journey as a caregiver along with her husband Dan, brother Paul and his wife Sheryl as they closely watched her mother's descent into Alzheimer's disease. She speaks of how the experience of caregiving drew closer to God and how He gave her a soul-searching opportunity to take a trip back into her childhood and discover her true identity in Christ. Caregiving is soul-crunching, spirit-bending, body-wearying work because it is redemptive work hence it should only be reserved for the truly courageous or the blindly naïve.

Precious Lord, Take My Hand will resonate with all caregivers and the idea of having a question at the end of each chapter helps to reflect on personal experiences and put them down on paper. The author's struggles, challenges, difficulties, and spiritual insights are inspiring and will help all caregivers look at the quality of work they are doing and how it will influence the coming generations. It is heartrending to read about Shelly's mom's odd behavior, confusion, angry outbursts, insomnia, wandering, and irrationality, and her way of dealing with it, and the prayers shared are comforting to readers. Shelly's words give encouragement, hope, and courage to caregivers while dealing with Alzheimer's patients. Her journey is encouraging to many readers who work as caregivers, and will also reiterate their faith and belief in God, His love, and power. This book is also a good way to look into the self and do away with pride, complacency, fear, and selfishness.