Review: Cancer, Faith and Unexpected Joy
`Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy is a spiritual growth book on death, grief, and bereavement by author Becky Baudouin.
Somehow people tend to think is we can understand how to live we will live forever, without going through a death process. Unfortunately, not many people have whisked away and by-passed death, or the act of dying altogether.
In this book, Becky is invited to walk alongside her mom as she goes through the process of inoperable cancer and dying. The reader walks beside Becky as she writes. Becky teaches us about living and dying as she sees it in her mom. I think the author was motivated to write about this because it's what her mom taught her.
The chapters are short and each one begins with either a piece of scripture or a quote from a well-known person. There are also personal reflection questions at the back of the book for each chapter. You read the chapter, then answer the corresponding questions. This is for individual or group settings.
I like the quote from page 86: "A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when your pain has caused you to forget it (Cherelea A Purcell)."
The subdued blue cover works well with this book. I will most remember this book as walking beside the author as she walked beside her ailing mother.
Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
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