- February 1999
Commentary and Reviews
offer hope and ‘spiritual sunlight’
for the Weary
By Lynn Vanderzalm
1998, Harold Shaw, Wheaton, Ill.
$11.99 (Available from
the publisher at 800/742-9782)
Many PWCs struggle with emotional and
spiritual issues in their illness.
In her new book, PWC Lynn Vanderzalm addresses many of those issues through 78 meditations, each consisting
of a short passage from the Bible, a meditation and a prayer.
In Spiritual Sunlight for the Weary:
Meditations for the Chronically
Fatigued, Vanderzalm draws on the perspectives of 16 other men, women and children who live with
chronic fatigue that is the result of CFIDS, fibromyalgia or other illness. Vanderzalm and the other writers
offer insights and hope from their personal circumstances.
Vanderzalm says of the writers: "Their
faith has been challenged
as they have watched their careers die, their friends leave them, and their bodies be drained of energy.
In these pages they offer perspective and insights about some questions we all ask: Where do I find faith
in the darkness? Where do I find hope in the midst of the despair? How do I calm my fears?
"I’m so glad God is not afraid of our
questions. In fact, he often
meets us at these tension points in our lives. In the midst of the stresses he reveals that he has come
to be the answer to our questions, the strength in our weakness, the light in our darkness."
When soccer player and PWC Michelle
Akers read the book, she responded
personally to one of the meditations:
"One of the greatest struggles in my
experience with CFIDS was the
fact that I felt worthless and insignificant. Everything I had thought valuable...was taken away and I
was left with nothing. Or so I thought. Lynn Vanderzalm has tons of great stuff in her little book of
Sunlight, but one page that especially struck me was the one titled ‘What Am I Worth?’ It says:
"‘What we do or have does not define
our worth. We are valuable simply
because God says we are. Look what God says to us. You are redeemed; that is your value. You are mine;
that is your security. You are precious; that is your worth. You are honored; that is your significance.
You are loved; that is your assurance.’
"Awesome stuff. The book is filled
with scripture truths and insights
from other PWCs and truly is a light in the darkness."
Lynn Vanderzalm’s previous book, Finding Strength in Weakness: Hope and Help
for Families Battling
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is still available from the Association.