It’s Good To Be Here

A Disabled Woman's Reflections on God in the Flesh and the Sacred Wonder of Being Human

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“I can’t walk; I can’t sit up straight; I can’t feed myself. If you and I meet, the first thing you notice will be my body crumpled in a wheelchair. Once I could at least sit up, but now my weak neck is bent over and my spine bent so much that my head falls heavily upon my left shoulder and my hunched back.”

So writes Christina Chase, the twenty-first century Thérèse of Lisieux whose “littleness” is as humble as that of the Little Flower, and whose spiritual power is, by every discernible measure, of comparable intensity. Crippled though she is, Christina’s fearful disabilities have led her not into anger, bitterness, or despair, but rather into a profound and exceptional encounter with God’s love itself—an encounter that you, too, can experience through the gentle allure of Christina’s witness.

Locked now for decades within her own fragile, helpless body, Christina has been graced with extraordinary insights into the similar helplessness of Jesus, the majestic King of the Universe, who, when born of the Virgin Mary, became just like Christina today—unable to feed Himself or even lift His head. From that littleness – hers and His – Christina here draws forth a marvelous wisdom that shows that as creatures, we are all, in one sense or another, paralyzed.

None of us can exist apart from limitations and boundaries.

None of us can walk through this life unaided.

In the presence of God, not a single one of us can even stand.

But no matter! For out of infinite love for us and to save us, Jesus chose to join us in our littleness, exposing Himself to the limitations of time and space and circumstance, even unto His death on the Cross. The sweet sufferer Christina has assimilated this saving truth, which shines forth from these consoling pages for all of humanity to feel.

Read these pages by wheelchair-bound Christina to discover how much Jesus loves you, no matter how little and crippled you are, spiritually or otherwise.

Yes, He loves you!

Meditating on this stunning fact yields a joy that transcends the greatest physical or mental suffering – a joy that is Christina’s, despite her abject physical state, and a joy that can, with the help of these pages, be yours as well.

  • Pages: 192
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-107-7
  • Product Code: 1077
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What faith looks like
How do you describe or define faith? It can't be done in a sentence, or a paragraph. It is defined beautifully in Christina's book. Just words cannot explain what faith is. Reading this book you feel what Christina feels, you see her love of her God, her absolute faith. Yes, faith is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11: 1). But it is so much more, and it is here. Not only a believers faith in God, but God's faithfulness to his child. Despite being profoundly disabled Christina finds beauty in the life that is hers, purpose in her own suffering. Who doesn't at some point questioning why God allows things to happen to his faithful, even questioning their faith itself? I have, especially as I sat listening to doctors explain all that was so terribly wrong with my own sons heart. I questioned, I was angry and terrified. I was grieving over the experiences that I felt were stolen from my son before he had the chance to live them, the memories I expected as a parent to make. But, in spite of my doubting, God was faithful, and our experiences and memories were not the ones we planned- but much richer ones that He planned for us. Faithfulness is not for "sissies". No where are we told that being faithful, being Christian, is an easy road. As humans many have developed this belief that walking the the Christian walk means we will always be happy and things will be easy, and when they aren't faith is tossed aside. Thank you Christina for the reminder that in our weakest moments, in our deepest suffering, that is when Christ is most near and holds His children close.
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Authentic; Made Me Ponder
I truly enjoyed reading Christina's account of her journey with Christ. I believe we all do or will, at some point in our lives, struggle with the very real and hard questions of sickness, disease, healing and God. Christina beautifully and honestly lays bare her very real life with this reality. It was a privilege to walk along side her as I read along. Christina also provided a fresh narrative of the very real life that Christ lived in the body here on earth. For the first time, I felt like I could "see" Christ as she was describing him on the book's pages. Thank you, Christina!
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I Have Been Anxiously Waiting to See this Book!
I had been waiting to see this book, and I was by no means disappointed on reading it. Christina Chase weaves autobiography and a profound incarnational theology with a love of language and clarity of expression. This will be my Lent book for 2020. We were led, in my pre-Vatican II childhood, to look upon Jesus as the perfect human being: ‘Little children all must be / Mild, obedient, good as he.’ Our teachers apparently forgot that it was only at his Transfiguration that the Apostles saw something more and Peter said, ‘It’s good to be here.’ There are those who would contradict Chase’s assertion that it is good for her to be here, since she is profoundly disabled – she readily uses the non-PC term ‘crippled’ - with a wasting disease that ought to have killed her years ago, and that renders her unable to feed, dress, or care for herself, depending on others for such needs. But Christina has undergone her own transfiguration; this is her story. She had no need of a Franciscan stigmata, the wounded body was hers from birth, but she has had to come to terms with the human condition in her own self, with all the frustrations writ large. And so she can write: ‘The one astonishing fact of life is that suffering, like disease, war, murder, and abuse, cannot destroy the gift that God Almighty gives, because real love never fails.’ (p18) It’s good to be here; to be human here, as Christ was. After his Baptism, ‘He stood, rising to inhale deeply and shake the dripping wetness out of his hair and off of his drenched body.’ (p38) And this from a woman who frequently finds breathing difficult, who cannot shake her head to dry her hair! This is not a book to buy out of pity for a ‘poor, disabled woman’, but for its deep insights into the divine light that wills to brighten our days. All our days. Christina’s vision is eternal: ‘What will life be like then?’ (p124) The glimmer of an answer is to be found in our earthly, earthy lives: it’s good to be here, breathing, getting wet, enjoying the sacrament of everyday in the wondrous life God has given us. This will be my Lent book for 2020!
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Uplifting and inspiring from a fresh point of view. Simply remarkable!
A remarkable and inspiring collection of essays about the life of Jesus Christ, and about life in general. All as seen through the eyes of a woman who despite extreme challenges, has not allowed them to distract her from the greatest Truth of all: That we are all infinitely loved by our God, and are created to love Him and one another in return. Rarely does an author show such vulnerability in their writing. Beautifully written, full of powerful examples and incredible insights to help us all embrace and to become more like the person God made us to be.
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