Hope Amid the Pain: Hanging On to Positive Expectations When Battling Chronic Pain and Illness, A 60-Day Devotional Journal

by Leslie L. McKee

Genres: Christian Living, Cooking & Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing, Women's Interest

ISBN: 9781649601322

176 pages

Price: $16.99

Why me? Is God punishing me? Is my faith not strong enough for God to heal me? How can I achieve my dreams? What’s my purpose?

If you’re someone living with a chronic illness or chronic pain, these are just a few of the questions you’ve likely asked on more than one occasion. You may feel overlooked or even resentful. You try to stay positive, but some days it’s hard. It’s natural to feel this way and grieve, but it’s still possible to have a hope-filled life. God has a purpose for the pain.

Christians aren’t immune from pain and illness, but we don’t have to go through it alone. Jesus promised that He would “never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV).

Millions of women suffering from chronic pain and illness want the reassurance they’re not alone. The devotions in Hope Amid the Pain are written by a chronic pain warrior with over twenty-five years’ experience and will point the reader to hope and encouragement. It’s possible to Hang On to Positive Expectations (HOPE) even amid the pain.

Acclaim for Hope Amid the Pain:

Beautifully written, Hope Amid the Pain tugs at the heart with both practical and spiritual instruction. Anyone who is or has suffered with crippling and debilitating pain or illness will find encouragement and support in this devotional. Spirit lifting, wise, and filled with inspiration, this devotional is sure to strengthen hearts for wherever the Lord is leading.
—Debbie Macomber, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

With poignant and practical words, Leslie is able to reach into someone’s heart and give it a squeeze while at the same time holding their hand and giving them the strength and wisdom they need to get through their day. Hope Amid The Pain is the devotional book women have been waiting for, with powerful messages about hope, you can’t help but get chills as you read her encouraging words.
—Rachel Van Dyken, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

As a mental health therapist I often look for resources for clients who struggle with chronic mental and physical illnesses. Leslie McKee speaks from personal experience as a woman who suffers from chronic illness. She has combined her personal experience, her deep faith in Christ, and her writing skills to provide a devotional which will truly minister to women who are fellow travelers on the chronic illness journey. Her format provides encouragement with practical application based on Scripture. I can’t wait to be able to offer such a devotional to my clients.
—Patricia J Edwards, LCSW, The Antioch Group

Leslie L. McKee’s HOPE Amid the Pain: Hanging On to Positive Expectations When Battling Chronic Pain and Illness, A 60-Day Devotional Journal is an inspiring, spiritual journey of encouragement. Leslie L. McKee’s personal stories, along with her advice, tips, and hacks are just what readers need in order to feel the power of grace and hope and, above all, an unfailing faith in God’s Word and His promises.
—Amy Clipston, bestselling author of The Farm Stand

“With compassion and hope, Leslie L. McKee offers a glimpse into her own journey through chronic illness and pain that many readers will relate to. Each day’s reading leads with edifying scripture and finishes with an opportunity for the reader to respond. With a unique focus on walking bravely through chronic illness and pain, this book would make a great gift for a friend or family member. Since there is an increasing number in today’s society struggling with the stigma and loneliness of chronic illness and pain, Hope Amid the Pain could become a powerful tool and companion to many.”
—Elizabeth Byler Younts, Author of Carol Award Winning book, The Solace of Water

Sometimes we just need a friend to put their arms around us and whisper “I’ve been there, too.” Through the pages of Hope Amid the Pain, Leslie L. McKee is that friend—coming alongside fellow chronic illness warriors with compassion and vulnerability. Leslie’s honesty in sharing her own journey through chronic illness and the biblical reflections filling every page are gifts to the reader. Rich with truth, encouragement, and hope, these devotions are a balm to hearts weary from suffering.
—Amanda Barratt, author of The White Rose Resists and My Dearest Dietrich

With an understanding heart born of years of her own experience fighting chronic pain, Leslie L. McKee encourages readers with sixty beautiful, biblical devotions that will inspire, encourage, and help those of us suffering with illness to glimpse an eternal perspective and hope not of this world. Saturated in truth, Hope Amid the Pain helps readers silence the lies of fear and doubt by practicing gratitude and reminding themselves of their true identity in Christ. I highly recommend this devotional for anyone who has felt the frustration of chronic pain.
—Heidi Chiavaroli, award-winning author of Freedom’s Ring and The Tea Chest

Leslie L. McKee has penned a valuable resource for those who suffer with chronic illnesses. I am one of those people and wished I’d had this book when I was first diagnosed. The daily suggestions on how to rely on God in the midst of such suffering and the resource guide in the back are priceless. I highly recommend Hope Amid the Pain.
—Susan Sleeman, bestselling author of the Truth Seekers and Homeland Heroes series

Hope Amid the Pain is an inspiring, relevant devotional book that is filled with comfort and encouragement. A must-have for anyone struggling with chronic illness.
— Kathleen Fuller, best-selling author of the Amish of Birch Creek series

Hope Amid the Pain should be prescribed to anyone suffering with a health condition. It is the kind of book that makes you want to holler out “AMEN!” after each day’s devotion. Unexpected health concerns sweep the rug right out from under the patient and their families. They need compassion and understanding, and Leslie L. McKee provides that. She also shares her own experiences, adding validity to the daily encouragement. Hope Amid the Pain reminds the reader they are not alone, and most of all, there is hope that God will use the time of suffering for His glory.
—Sharee Stover, author with Love Inspired Suspense

You are loved. You are not alone. You are worthy. For those suffering with chronic pain or illness, there is no more merciful balm.
McKee’s 60-day devotional offers Scripture that encourages reflection, practical advice, resources, and helpful hacks for managing disappointment, pain, and uncertainty. Poignant, sometimes humorous personal insights from the author’s twenty-five years as a chronic pain warrior add to the reader’s sense of empathy and support.
A valuable resource toward living a hope-filled life.
—Candace Calvert, award-winning author of hopeful medical fiction

McKee writes with compassion and understanding. Words of grace and compassion for those struggling with chronic pain.
—Vannetta Chapman, USA Today bestselling author



Leslie is an editor, author, and reviewer. Her editing career began as a reviewer for RT Bookreviews Magazine, where she reviewed books of various genres for twelve years. She currently reviews for Publishers Weekly and publishing houses. She has been professionally editing and proofreading manuscripts for authors and publishing houses―including Love Inspired, Revell/Baker, Kregel, and others―since 2012. She is one of the “Mystery Monday” editors at Havok e-zine (https://gohavok.com/). Leslie’s lifelong love of reading and learning, in addition to reviewing and teaching, led her into the publishing industry. Editing, writing, and reviewing are not merely jobs―they are her passions. Leslie is an avid reader with an eye for detail. Leslie has been a chronic pain warrior for more than twenty years, so she is familiar with the peaks and valleys associated with living with a chronic illness. She has felt God come alongside her through His Word and remind her that the battle is His and she’s not alone. Leslie is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and The Christian PEN. She has had devotionals published in Ellie Claire/Worthy Publishing compilation books. She’s also published flash fiction stories. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys reading, playing piano, crocheting, spending time with family and friends (and her turtle!), and rooting for the NY Giants.