“Living Beyond Pain, A Holistic Approach to Manage Pain and Get Your Life Back” by Linda S. Mintle, PhD and James W. Kribs, DO, is an incredibly powerful resource. The authors use a faith-based approach, with well-researched information and extensive experience in their professional fields to help readers free themselves from the grip of chronic pain. “If you give in completely to despair, you arrive at hopelessness,” the authors write, “But if you hold on to hope, you can survive and even thrive during the most difficult days.”
The book is well organized into two longer sections, “Understanding Pain” and “Tools for Pain Management,” followed by the final section, “Hope and Resilience.” Many of the tools in the central focus of the book are changes readers are admonished to embrace: change in structure, beliefs, thoughts, emotions, relationships, stress, and lifestyle. With a chapter devoted to each change, the authors fully equip readers to understand and apply these changes practically and effectively to their everyday lives.
The faith-based encouragement, and the way the authors wisely rooted life changes in the truth of Scripture, will undoubtably bring forth healthy fruit in the lives of those who pursue them. “Help comes from God, who is ever present,” the authors write, “God is not only our present help in times of trouble but also the God of more than enough, El Shaddai. Call on him.”
I highly recommend this book, not only to those who suffer chronic pain, but any kind of pain. Whether recovering from an injury, coping with a chronic condition, or the crippling effects of anxiety, this book is an invaluable resource. The Biblical wisdom, extensive education, and experience in pain treatment gives readers a well-rooted confidence in the authors’ words.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.