Books to Help You Face Life’s Many Tests

The Baha’i Writings offer a uniquely comforting perspective on the many challenges we face in life. Personal challenges are seen as gifts rather than punishments. Health challenges are faced with both prayer and science. The afterlife is looked forward to with joy and expectation. Death, they say, is a “Messenger of Joy.”

Here are books and booklets to help you understand and grow through each of these challenges. Enjoy.

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    Why Me?- A Spiritual Guide to Growing Through Tests This book explains in a simple, profound and often humorous way, why a kind and loving God will give us tests in order to help us develop our full spiritual potential. It is the perfect gift for anyone who questions the wisdom, power and goodness of God, or who worries that they are being punished for making mistakes.
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    Falling Into Grace takes an honest look at the many things in the Bahá'í Community that can test your faith . It shines a bright light on these tests, and in illuminating them, it reduces their power. This book says "you are not alone," and, even better, "you are not a bad Bahá'í for struggling with these issues."  As the title suggests, we must be willing to fall before we can be lifted up through grace.
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    The goal of Twelve Steps and the Bahai Faith is to explain to people in recovery how the Baha'i Writings can help them develop a closer connection to their Higher Power, and to describe to members of the Baha'i Community how the twelve-step program works and what they might gain by joining a recovery group.
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    If someone you love is an alcoholic... This book can accompany you out of your confusion, despair, and hopelessness. It is a dose of sanity that includes resources to lift you and your family up. It will help you regain control of your own life.
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    Alzheimer's - Observations & Disclosures & Resolutions When artist Harlan Carl Scheffler's wife Barbara developed Alzheimer's disease, he determined to learn as much as possible about the condition and to understand what was happening to his life-long partner. A Bahá'í since childhood, he turned to religion as well as to science to provide insights into this physical disease of the brain.
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    This is the Gift Edition of the Interfaith Resources Book of Comfort and Healing Book. It is perfect bound and a nice book edition of our widely distributed booklet. If you or someone you love is facing difficult health issues, you will find this compilation of over 200 short prayers and quotations from ten different faith traditions a source of great comfort and encouragement. Originally compiled for use in hospital chapels, over 40,000 of the Give-Away edition are in print. Now, for the first time, this larger GIFT EDITION is available for individual purchase.
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    The gift edition of our Interfaith Meditations on the Life to Come book is 5x8" with square binding. It has 96 pages with larger type for older eyes, and black type for easy reading. Bring comfort to the sick, the dying and their loved ones - that is what you try to do every day, and that is what this lovely booklet will help you do even better. No matter what your patient's spiritual path, they will find words of comfort in this collection of over 200 short quotations, prayers and poems from around the world and across ten different faiths.
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    Life after death is even more difficult to explain to a child than God, but this book offers several metaphors based on the Bahá'í Writings to make death less frightening to a young heart.  
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    Odyssey of the Soul follows the journey of a soul. Our soul comes into being at the moment of conception and begins an eternal journey throughout the worlds of God. Where are we going? When will we arrive at our destination? What will it be like? What experiences will happen to us on the way? What possible perils will we encounter on our road and what can we do to avoid them or, at least, soften them? What preparations can we make for our journey?
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    Understanding Death: The Most Important Event of Your Life illustrates the need to prepare for this important moment, even though many ignore its inevitability. There is no escape from death and the grief that can consume one when faced by the loss of family and friends. The author's personal insight offers encouragement that death is not the end but the beginning of a new spiritual existence.
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    Getting Old? - Well, Maybe, Just a Little
    My dear friend Harlan Scheffler is now on the "other side," but before he moved on, he left us with his thoughts about the process of growing old and preparing to die. A gentle soul and profound thinker, you will want to read what he has to say. With luck, you will face your last days with the same grace and faith that he describes in these two essays.
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    Fire and Gold - Benefiting from Life's Tests A thoughtfully selected compilation of quotations from the Bahá'í scriptures and other Bahá'í writings on the purpose and source of the tests that may come to us and to our society, and how we can overcome them.
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    Ocean of Healing is a compilation of Baha'i Writings that will comfort you and your friends when you are facing health challenges. Note that I said "when," not "if." All of us face health issues eventually, which is why this booklet is so universally appreciated. Keep a stack of them handy, because if you wanted to, you could give out two or three a week without even trying. Everyone gets sick.
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    In addition to three short prayers for healing, this beautiful booklet reminds people of the value of laughter, friendship, and medical professionals, but its main focus is to encourage people to turn to God as the Source of all healing.
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    This short fold-out booklet offers a comforting (and fairly comprehensive) explanation of the Baha'i teachings on the soul and the afterlife. Give it to anyone who has lost a loved one (and who hasn't?)
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    Always - Interfaith Assurances That Our Loved Ones Will Be with Us Always This lovely gift book/sympathy card will comfort members of any and every religion. Use this as a 16-page sympathy card with the optional envelopes and signature cards, or order them without the envelopes or signature cards to be given out at memorial services. They can also be used by hospice workers, in hospital chapels and at funeral homes.

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