Robin Bertram of Bluffton is the author of more than a dozen books. Her latest, “Hidden Treasures,” was released in August 2018.

In addition to being an author, Bertram is a Christian motivational speaker and prayer minister with many years of experience working and praying with people going through the myriad challenges of serious and terminal illnesses.

Formerly the host of the nationally syndicated television program “Freedom Today,” Bertram is the vice president of the Christian Women in Media Association and founder of Bertram Ministries.

This book serves as a practical tool, a resource for patients, caregivers and their families. In Bertram’s words, this book was written “for those who need and want to be comforted … to share the wisdom gained from many who have faced the unknown with peace, joy and even acceptance.” The hope is that more will come to know “what it means to live well and to die well.”

Only a few years ago, Bertram herself had a life-threatening medical scare. She experienced emotions never felt before, including endless “who will…” questions and “what if…” scenarios, all painful and exhausting.

Doubts about the future and fear of the unknown chip away at even long-held beliefs. For women, who are so often the givers of care and comfort, this need to be comforted is unfamiliar and increases the unease.

Bertram speaks about faith being challenged during these times of uncertainty and change.

At just over 200 pages, this is a thoughtfully written book, filled with nuggets of wisdom (specific scripture selections) found valuable during Bertram’s own trials, as well as shareworthy gems and quotes that expand on ideas in the chapter.

The author’s insights and powerful anecdotal stories provide strength and confidence for those dealing with difficult situations. Every word is focused and purposeful in its mission.

There are many people who might benefit from the wisdom found in these pages. Is there someone in your family or circle of friends who is in distress, or in the fog of confusion, unable to see how to move forward after an impactful event in their life? Do you know someone who has lost a spouse, a parent or a child and is desperately seeking clarity, solace, direction and understanding? This book might be an ideal gift and provide comfort in knowing they are not alone.

All of Bertram’s titles are available on Amazon.com and Christianbook.com. Learn more about Bertram’s ministry on her website robinbertram.tv.

Glenda Harris of Bluffton is a freelance writer and editor, nature lover and aspiring novelist.