DEMENTIA: PATHWAYS TO HOPE is officially released today – and this week we heard (the publisher and me) that it is number 11 in the Top 50 Religious Books Chart!  The chart is produced by Neilson, world renowned market research company.Dementia-pathways-COV new

But – what does it mean for you?   If you are coping with dementia the book shines a light down pathways to hope, sometimes brushing aside thickets of superficial, or downright misleading information.  The aim is to encourage, and help.

It also talks about the importance of being prepared for the rest of our pilgrimage, our journey through life.  Because it doesn’t get easier as you get older!  On the contrary, one of our supporters who is a former missionary and pastor, says that Satan reserves his fiercest attacks for older saints.  Satan aside, we can do a good job on ourselves, simply by seeing ourselves and our lives from the wrong perspective – not from God’s. Reviewing the book before publication, my senior pastor wrote,

‘Dementia is having an impact on people of all ages, not just the elderly.  Families, friends and church fellowships are all being affected. Louise’s ‘pathways to hope’ highlights the importance of guarding the heart, and of being strengthened in our spirits for whatever life brings us, whether or not it includes dementia.  This book contains much helpful information and is enlightening and encouraging:  it will help individuals and churches alike.’  (Clyde Thomas, Senior Pastor, Victory Church, Cwmbran, South Wales.)

You can buy it from Pilgrims’ Friend’s Society website, or from Amazon, or retail outlets.   And let’s know how it helps you!

Louise Morse

Louise Morse MA (CBT) is media and external relations manager for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society. She is a writer and speaker, and author of books on issues of old age, including dementia, published by Lion Monarch and SPCK. She is a cognitive behavioural therapist, and her Masters’ dissertation examined the effects of caring for a loved one with dementia on close relatives.

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