I just read Tanya Marlow’s Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty: Whispers of Restoration From the Book of Ruth. I’d seen a reference to it fly through my feed the other day and I’m so glad I clicked on that link.
Tanya writes about her experiences with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) while pulling inspiration from the book of Ruth.
I wasn’t expecting something that I could so easily identify with. For the past couple of years, Tanya has been mostly housebound due to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). Over the past couple of years, I’ve been gone from working full-time to pretty much doing nothing due to issues caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).
Most of the time I am content, but there are days when the loss hits me afresh, and I grieve the person I used to be.Tanya Marlow, Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty
I appreciate Tanya’s honesty. She expresses many of the same thoughts, fears, and insecurities that I’ve had. It’s nice to read something that was written by someone who “gets it”. Chronic and invisible illnesses are hard for most people to understand and there isn’t much out there that addresses us on a spiritual level.
Filling out a form justifying why I was too ill to work felt like begging. I had always prided myself in my ability; now I had to focus on my disability.Tanya Marlow, Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty
This book is useful for those of us who are dealing with life challenges (especially health challenges), but it’s also be beneficial for anyone who wants to better understand the spiritual challenges we deal with.