With the advent of several new chronic illnesses which defy medical understanding and which can last for years or even a whole lifetime, interest in traditional Christian teaching on illness has been growing.
A key expositor of classic theology as set out in the Bible and Book of Common Prayer, was Priscilla Maurice (1811-1855) who was the sister of Cambridge professor and theologian F D Maurice, founder of Working Men's Clubs, who had a key influence on the 20 th century and on higher education for women.
Priscilla Maurice's book “Sickness: Its Trials and Blessings”, a Victorian bestseller is regarded by some as a Christian classic. Originally published anonymously, it has now been revised into modern English by Alison Bailey Castellina (Oxon) with full scriptural texts, with the Order for the Visitation of the Sick and, for the first time, the story of her deeply inspiring life.
This book is ideal gift for someone with a chronic illness who is seeking to know more the purposes of chronic illness and for those professionals and laymen seeking to minister to them.
This book is also a commentary on how we should regard trial and suffering in life, in general.