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Book Review: Weak and Loved

Book: Weak and Loved

Author: Emily Cook

Recommend: What a tough but amazing journey for this family (and the reader).

I was approached by this author who asked me to review her book. I was a bit nervous about it honestly but decided that reading something by a Christian author, even it if wasn’t that good, was never a bad plan. So I agreed. I’m so glad I did.

Confessions: This author has an amazing blog about her journey. I took a cursory glance at it but didn’t realize what it was about. The book request came in while I was sick, in quite a bit of pain, and on medication. When I got better, I really wasn’t sure what the book was about except I remember something about a health struggle with her daughter.

When I got into it and realized that it was about her daughter’s epilepsy, I was immediately pulled in because I know what living with someone with epilepsy is like. My dad is epileptic. One of my earliest memories is calling 911 because dad was in the middle of a seizure (although his are a different variety than the author’s daughter). While I haven’t personally experienced an epileptic seizure, I definitely know what it is like to feel powerless while a loved one’s brain goes haywire and causes their body to shutdown.

While the topic was immediately interesting to me, what stands out most with this book is her honest discussion about how her faith was tested, shaped and strengthened through the difficulties of the situation. She definitely made me think about how we deal with difficulties in our lives and reminded me that in tough circumstances that it is not enough to know that God won’t give you more than you can handle but to remember that the only way you can handle it is through his strength.

We all have difficult things to overcome and this author helped me remember that God has it. The strength is his – not ours.

For further reading, her blog can be found at http://www.weakandloved.com/. Hurray for three years of freedom from seizures for this little one!!

*The ebook will be available on kindle for free from July 15-19th!!

Final Rating:

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It’s Your Health: Navigating American Health Care

I am thrilled to welcome LupusAdventurer as a guest blogger on The Obsessive Bookworm. LupusAdventurer approached me with the possibility of guest blogging, especially in the area of nonfiction. She tends to read genres that typically do not appeal to me and so I am thrilled to have someone to help fill some of the gaps on here. Thank you so much for sharing!
~ Jenn (The Book Worm)

Book: It’s Your Health: Navigating American Health Care

Author: Robert D’Antonio, Ph.D.

Recommend:  For most proactive patients with a reasonable working knowledge of the health care system, this book will not add anything and is not worth the price.  For some people who might need a push to take charge of their own medical destiny, this is somewhat useful to suggest how to move from passivity to self-management of personal health care.

This is a short, somewhat useful book, written to encourage patients to become proactive advocates of their own medical care needs, and advises the reader about how to effectively deal with the medical community. Written in easy to read conversational style, is a an understandable highly opinionated discussion of some major health care quality issues for an average patient.

The author gives his perspectives as a Ph.D. with many years of undisclosed type experience in the health care field.  He includes topics about choosing and communicating with physicians, selecting among health insurance options, and navigating diagnosis, second opinions and treatment plans.  He takes a somewhat adversarial stance in his advice about how find and get the best treatment from surgeons, specialists and hospitals, and at times presents very unrealistic expectations about patient communication and access to decision-makers within the health care industry.

The first 50 pages of this 86 page book is narrative, and the remaining half has exhaustive lists of appendices including web page references, state medical licensing boards, and Medicare Part A & B coverage. The author also includes some sample forms for tracking patient prescriptions and a lengthy list of medical conditions to consider in preparing a personal health history.

Written in 2011, between the passage of the Health Care Reform Act (HCRA) of 2010 and the recent 2012 Supreme Court decision on the HCRA, it anticipates the effect of the new regulations, without addressing the role future federal and state health insurance exchanges intended by the HCRA may have in patient health insurance purchasing decisions.

All in all, a nominally useful book for a narrow audience.  I recommend picking it up at a library, borrowing it, or purchasing it from the $1 table at a used book store.  If someone gives it to you free, skim it quickly for any benefit you can derive from it.  Pass it on selectively to someone who has no clue how to get the treatment they need, or toss it, but don’t waste shelf space keeping this small print-only volume.

For further information about lupus and healthcare, please visit her blog, ‘Lupus, the Adventure between the Lines.’

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