Book Review for Hope Amid the Pain by Leslie L. McKee

I want to thank Leslie L. McKee for sharing an advanced copy of Hope Amid the Pain: Hanging On to Positive Expectations When Battling Chronic Pain and Illness (a 60-Day Devotional Journal) for an honest review.

HOPE Amid the Pain
Hanging On to Positive Expectations When Battling Chronic Pain and Illness (a 60-Day Devotional Journal)
©2021 by Leslie L. McKee

176 pages

Publish Date October 25, 2021

You can buy Hope Amid Pain at Amazon.

About the Author

Leslie is an author, editor, and reviewer. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Christian PEN. Some of her devotionals were published in compilations by Ellie Claire in 2017 and 2020. Her flash fiction stories have been published with Havok, Splickety, and Spark (websites, magazines, and anthologies). Her devotional journal (HOPE Amid The Pain: Hanging on to Positive Expectations When Battling Chronic Illness and Pain) will soon be published with Ambassador International. She enjoys reading, playing piano, crocheting, spending time with family and friends (and her turtle!), and rooting for the NY Giants. 


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.

What Others Are Saying

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

McKee writes with compassion and understanding.Words of grace and compassion for those struggling with chronic pain.

Vannetta Chapman | USA Today bestselling author

As a mental health therapist I often look for resources for clients who struggle with chronic mental and physical illnesses. Leslie L. 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,TheAntioch Group

My Thoughts

Leslie has been a chronic pain warrior for over twenty years and understands the challenges we face on a daily basis. She does a great job of lifting you up, it’s like a gentle hug from a friend.

The journal is a 60-day journal but as we all know there will be days or weeks without an entry and that’s okay. The journey is the same. The days are numbered but it’s a go at your own pace journal. 

Leslie writes from a Christian point of view and sprinkles in Scripture to give you strength along your chronic illness journey.

The journal covers topics like:

Don’t Settle

You Are Enough

Rest Stop

Through The Fire

Each day Leslie asks a reflection, like:

What’s something that makes you feel secure?”

“In what area do you need a bit of patience today?”

“What is one task you can delegate to someone else so you can have time to breathe today?”

It gives you a jump-start in your journaling. I think it’s the perfect way to get you to stop and think about where you are and what you are truly feeling. 

Leslie also offers a Resource guide at the back of the book and a chapter on Scriptures. 

I think it’s a great gift for yourself or someone you care for that has a chronic illness or suffers from chronic pain.  Self-care is critical to our overall health and especially our mental health. 



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