16 December 2021

Hope Amid the Pain | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Why me? Is God punishing me? Is my faith not strong enough for God to heal me? How can I achieve my dreams? What’s my purpose?

If you’re someone living with a chronic illness or chronic pain, these are just a few of the questions you’ve likely asked on more than one occasion. You may feel overlooked or even resentful. You try to stay positive, but some days it’s hard. It’s natural to feel this way and grieve, but it’s still possible to have a hope-filled life. God has a purpose for the pain.

Christians aren’t immune from pain and illness, but we don’t have to go through it alone. Jesus promised that He would “never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV).

Millions of women suffering from chronic pain and illness want the reassurance they’re not alone. The devotions in HOPE Amid the Pain are written by a chronic pain warrior with over twenty-five years’ experience and will point the reader to hope and encouragement. It’s possible to Hang On to Positive Expectations (HOPE) even amid the pain.

Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: October 26, 2021


Over the years, I’ve asked God a lot of questions. Why me? Why can’t I have something with a simple cure? Why do I have to have an invisible illness? Why do I look perfectly fine on the outside, despite what I’m feeling on the inside? What about my dreams? Will they ever come to fruition? It’s been over twenty-five years. I still don’t have answers to these and a host of other questions. I’ve questioned God—a lot—which is normal. I’ve shared my fears with Him. I’ve searched for meaning, peace, and acceptance. It didn’t happen overnight, but I’ve realized that God has plans for me—big plans, in fact. His are just different than the plans I had growing up. Some of those childhood dreams did occur, just not in the way I’d originally envisioned. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I have also been able to witness how He has used my experiences, including my pain, to prepare me for where I am now and what I am doing.


Leslie L. McKee is an editor, author, and reviewer, but editing, writing, and reviewing are not merely jobs—they are her passions. Leslie is an avid reader with an eye for detail. Leslie has been a chronic pain warrior for more than twenty years, so she is familiar with the peaks and valleys associated with living with a chronic illness. She has felt God come alongside her through His Word and remind her that the battle is His and she’s not alone. Leslie is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and The Christian PEN. Her devotional journal (HOPE Amid The Pain: Hanging On to Positive Expectations When Battling Chronic Illness and Pain) was released on October 26, 2021, with Ambassador International. She has had devotionals published in Ellie Claire/Worthy Publishing compilation books, and she’s also published flash fiction stories. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys reading, playing piano, crocheting, spending time with family and friends (and her turtle!), and rooting for the NY Giants. You can find Leslie at www.leslielmckee.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @leslielmckee.


(1) winner will receive an autographed copy of Hope Amid the Pain, Bible highlighters, and a bookmark!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight December 13, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on December 20, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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