Hanging on by the Scratch Marks My Nails Left Behind (Raw Faith) by Elizabeth Chalker CAC, MS., PhD (ABD)
Foreword by Pastor Charles Carrin and Dr. Corey Cameron
You—one person—an individual, can literally change this whole world with love. By focusing on love, making a choice to love, feeding all that is positive, good, and of the light with exuberance and abundance instead of feeding the negative and evil things of the darkness. You can literally change the world and yourself. One relationship--one interaction--one decision at a time.
If you are experiencing the dark night of the soul in affliction year after year, it will present you, as it has me, with opportunities not found in most other life circumstances.
This is a life story of being in the fire, where I currently remain, where my heart for the Lord has become increasingly insatiable. A deepened intimacy has developed and continues to grow even through this very moment, and will continue beyond. As you read, this is my hope and prayer for you as well.
Elizabeth Chalker is still in the furnace of life’s calamities and fighting the good fight of faith and endurance, keeping her eyes on the prize of heaven. Before serious, physical illness devastated her body, Elizabeth was on the fast track as a successful psychologist and addictions specialist, working with violent juvenile offenders and their families, near the completion of her third graduate degree. Her life is a testimony of faith that is steadfast and remains no matter the seemingly dark, unjust, and treacherous circumstances of life. She resides in Boca Raton, Florida, with her beloved “son” Symon (a Corgi/Shepherd mix dog). Elizabeth continues to minister to those in need and aspires to show God’s glory through every breath she takes.
"Elizabeth Chalker suffers from late stage lyme disease, probably fatal, offering nothing but a slow, agonizing death. Lyme disease is complicated and compounded by other serious health issues that have left her bedridden and mostly alone. In this roaring furnace where she experiences daily frustration, unbearable pain, and, like Job, unjustifiable suffering, she has found the way to walk with unbound faith and trust in God.
In her book, I was at first witness, but soon became her companion, experiencing through my own chronic pain such wonder at her passionate love and unquenchable thirst for God. I have lived eighteen years with chronic pain. At times, her cries to God for deliverance were so intense I had to stop reading.
The book had somehow become not only Chalker's story, but mine, as well. I had to stand in awe like King Nebuchadnezzar, "It is my privilege to report to you the gracious miracles that the High God has done for me. His miracles are staggering, his wonders are surprising, His kingdom lasts and lasts, his sovereign rule goes on forever." *
If you are hurting, crying out in anger or fear, or if you know someone who seems to be weighed down with their hurts and their needs, Hanging on by the Scratch Marks My Nails Left Behind has a place on your shelf beside C. S. Lewis's The Problem of Pain and Philip Yancey's Where Is God When It Hurts? It is a terrible, dark place that can only be lit by God's grace in all the ways it comes."
Despite all that Elizabeth Chalker has endured and is still living through, she continues to share her story with those in need and works to find ways to help provide for herself in a manner that always shines a loving light on the world around us. The sales of the book help to pay for life saving treatments and Elizabeth is currently undertaking a new endeavor - Life Vision Movies™