Dear Deb: A Woman with Cancer, a Friend with Secrets, and the Letters That Became Their Miracle  -     By: Margaret Terry
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Dear Deb: A Woman with Cancer, a Friend with Secrets, and the Letters That Became Their Miracle

Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Paperback

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What do you say to a friend who has terminal cancer?
Margaret Terry wondered what she would say to her friend Deb, when Deb was told she had inoperable stage 4 lung cancer. Deb believed that God would give her a miracle, but no one really knew what that miracle would look like. However, instead of sending prayers or home-cooked meals, Margaret sent Deb stories. In the form of dozens of letters over the course of six months, Margaret shared herself in intimate stories from her life that revealed her questions, and her faith. As the months went by, Margaret's letters renewed Deb's hope, as she shared them with friends and family who passed them on to hundreds of people in seven countries. The letters became Deb's miracle by helping to carry her from this life to the next with faith against insurmountable odds.
In Dear Deb, Margaret shares 55 of the letters she wrote to Deb during her last months. As Deb did, you'll find comfort and hope in her stories of loss and renewal, childhood and growth, and faith and miracles. You'll discover how God often answers our prayers in unexpected ways, through the love we have for each other.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1400204372
ISBN-13: 9781400204373
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"I want you to know that if my illness inspired you to write these stories, the cancer was worth it."—Deb

What stories could possibly make cancer worth it?

Stories that represent a miracle—a lifetime of miracles. Stories that changed the writer as she wrote them and stories that will touch the heart of the reader, one by one by one. Stories that are not just stories.

They started out as words of encouragement to a dying woman. They turned into a collection of sparkling and intimate moments, pulled from the past to finally be understood and shared with new meaning.

Story by story, letter by letter, Margaret Terry uncovered powerful pictures in her own life of the one truth that could help carry her friend Deb from this life to the next: God is at work.

Together, Deb and Margaret found renewed hope in all the ways God shows up right to the very end. Which is where they found the miracle they'd been praying for all along. In each other.

Author Bio

Margaret Terry and her sons live in Ontario, Canada, where she still stops by the side of the road to pick the Queen Anne’s lace. Her favorite thing to do is cook for family and friends and sit around the table telling stories.

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  1. Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    good womans read
    November 14, 2012
    cathy
    Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Dear Deb by Margaret Terry is a book of letters written to a friend who was dying of cancer. These letters reveal the life that she lived good and not so good. They also reveal glimpses into every woman's life—oh the same exact thing may not have happened maybe your husband didn't shock you into depression by asking for a divorce out of the blue but something else equally difficult to live though has happened to every woman. This is the story of a woman who made it through and lived. That is what we women do we survive and we thrive and we love. This is the story of one woman reaching out to another and believing in miracles and God and faith.

    I liked this book though it is not the usual helping a friend through cancer book. It is a book for women to read and be encouraged that they can make it through all things. It speaks of believing in miracles even when the miracle given is not the miracle asked for. It is not wishy-washy but what woman's life is? It can be read cover to cover or read the letters daily and not in order. It is a book for women and older girls.

    I was provided this book for this review from Booksneeze.
  2. Tampa, Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Heart-Warming Read
    November 8, 2012
    Adoption Mama
    Tampa, Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    An easy, heart-warming read.

    Dear Deb, written by Margaret Terry, is a memoir of letters the author wrote to a friend fighting the ravages of cancer. Reading these letters takes you inside the author's life and story of childhood all the way through raising children and going through the trials of life. As I read this book, I imagined myself to be Deb, the friend fighting cancer. I imagine the simplicity of the letters as well as how heart-deep the letters were must have been a daily thing for Deb to look forward to. Deb and the author-friend, Margaret, believed for a miracle for both of them. These letters contain stories that every person in life can relate to. There can be a happy ending at the end of life's ups and downs.

    But as a Christian, I know true miracles come from my Father above, not believing in myself or working extra hard to attain them myself. I'm not sure where Deb or Margaret find themselves spiritually, but I know I have nothing to gain in and of myself, especially when going through trials. I had hoped to hear more about Christ's strength through both of these women. A little disappointed in that, however, I appreciate the author's vulnerability in sharing her life with us.
  3. Arnold, CA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review of the book Dear Deb by Margaret Terry
    October 30, 2012
    britluver20021
    Arnold, CA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was about a woman who had a friend that was battling cancer and decided to write letters to her friend to encourage her in the last days. I enjoyed reading about the letters and funny stories the woman wrote about her family and life because I felt like even though the letters were for Deb, I could relate to them about my life.

    I liked the quote on page xvi which reads " we hug the same people every Sunday for years , we watch their children grow, and we share their trials and yet for some reason we limit our relationship to church friend." I like this quote because it seems like every Sunday when we meet at the Kingdom Hall, we are nice to people there and yet we don't really talk to people outside of that. Its like we like to stay in our comfort zone.

    I also like the quote on page 28 which says " Faith has taught me that no matter how much I want to control where I end up, the control isn't mine to have." I like that because I learned that you can try your best in life to have control but things happen in life that take you by surprise. I never thought I would have two seizures but yet I did. Sometimes we just have to run with life's punches, lol. I also like the quote on page 29 which reads " Animals make you love them ;then they die and break your heart." I lost my dog way back in December of last year and my heart truly broke and I have never gotten over him and I never will.

    I also liked the quote on page 76 which reads " GOD is the rock". I like that because its true. When we are feeling down or disheartened, pray to GOD and he is always there for us. Like in the scripture Psalm 62:6 which reads" Truly he is my rock and my salvation."

    My only complaint was about Jesus being born on Christmas and celebrating Christmas and that is simply not true. Luke 2:8-11 shows that the shepherds were in the fields in night at the time of Jesus's birth. And that the winter is unlikely because the gospel says the shepherds where in the fields all night. There is more to go into but if you have any questions you can leave me a comment and I can go into more details.

    I also like the quote on page 157 which reads " GOD knew three thousand years ago that we would be the same. That we would want the same things, that we would have the same needs, and that we would need the same wise words-to solve differences, to find answers and meaning in their lives. And I though of how many have found comfort in these words...people in trouble, people at war, hurt people, lost people, people like me." I enjoyed this because the bible hasn't changed, its always been full of encouraging scriptures and ways to solve our problems, GOD hasn't changed, people did, that's why the bible is still good for us today and is not old-fashioned.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  4. Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Miracles in letter form
    October 17, 2012
    bookaholic
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dear Deb, written by Margaret Terry, is a beautiful, touching book about illness, friendship and the unbreakable bond between two people. Each page holds a story written with love and hope. From the book: >"Stories that represent a miracle, a lifetime of miracles. Stories that changed the writer as she wrote them and the woman who received them. Stories that will touch the heart of the reader, one by one by one."

    While reading this fantastic book, which is based on true life events, I found myself captivated by the funny charm each story-or miracle-held. I wanted to read it all at once, but also take my time and savor each chapter, knowing that I'd be smiling from the first sentence to the last period.

    If you've ever been faced with an illness, or have had someone you love face an illness, and you're not quite sure what to say to them, this book showed that sometimes, simple letters are enough. Big acts of service are always nice, but what it all comes down to in the end is the love of a friend and the small every day things that make up life.

    I loved, LOVED this book, and highly recommend it to anyone. It's a quick read, or can be a slow and savory journey..it's all up to you. :)
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