Later  -     By: W.E. Smith
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Wes, our 21 year old son, was inexplicably diagnosed with leukemia while being treated for a case of the sniffles. The next year provided trials we thought unendurable. That's not to say that hope didn't loom on the horizon or that humor couldn't find a way into the mix because they did. It's just that cancer patients live their lives in installments between tests. Once the "all clear" is received, hope fills the void; until, just before the next test, when fear shoves hope out of the way. Later is a story about the struggle between hope and fear and how we treat each during the battle. It just so happens that life is what it is and that hope is eternal. Come take this journey with us and see why it proves that nothing "just so happens."

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 338
Vendor: Xulon Press
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 X 0.75 (inches)
ISBN: 1615792686
ISBN-13: 9781615792689
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Publisher's Description

IT JUST SO HAPPENS that sometimes life is stranger than fiction. It just so happens that sometimes life takes dramatic and unexpected turns. It just so happens that, though God may not give us more than we can handle, life will. It just so happens that tragedies are endured everyday. It just so happens that an unexpected turn of events cast a family into a tragic situation that provided no exit. Just when the events showed signs of hope, any relief provided by it was snatched away by another twist of fate. Cancer does that to people. It just so happens, it did it to us. Wes, our 21 year old son, was inexplicably diagnosed with leukemia while being treated for a case of the sniffles. The next year provided trials we thought unendurable. That's not to say that hope didn't loom on the horizon or that humor couldn't find a way into the mix because they did. It's just that cancer patients live their lives in installments between tests. Once the "all clear" is received, hope fills the void; until, just before the next test, when fear shoves hope out of the way. Later is a story about the struggle between hope and fear and how we treat each during the battle. It just so happens that life is what it is and that hope is eternal. Come take this journey with us and see why it proves that nothing "just so happens." "Later."

Author Info

W. E. "Bill" Smith is an award winning author from the metro-Atlanta area. His book Later was chosen as the Grand Prize winner of the Xulon Press Christian Choice Book Awards for 2011. An Atlanta native, Bill retired in 2000 after spending 30 years in the automobile business. He received his undergraduate degree and masters degree from Georgia State University. During his time in the automobile business, Bill was active in trade associations on both the local and state level and was a frequent public speaker at association events and affiliate meetings. He and his family are long time members of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia where Bill has served as a deacon, held various committee assignments and frequently is asked to teach adult Sunday School. He and his wife, Claire, live in Duluth, GA with their Australian Shepherd, Doodle.

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  1. Jack Getz
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    May 15, 2010
    Jack Getz
    Its rare to find a book that contains so much help, inspiration and insight in the context of a riveting story. This is a real life drama that presents the issues surrounding the sudden onslaught of unwanted change and loss; a hard core tale of love, grace and truth that pulls no punches about a year-long journey through the dark valley of the shadow of death. Bill weaves the technical aspects of leukemia with the personal struggles of a family facing the loss of their young adult son, Wes. Hes completely honest in his presentation about their individual battles between their fickle emotions, hard truth and their Christian faith. He asks and answers the hard questions that sometimes confound people who face the realities of overwhelming circumstances.This is not a preachy book about faith dogma, but an interesting journal of how all things work together for good to those who love God and remain faithful in times of confusion, exhaustion and loss. In Bills words, I found the difference between faith and trust. The step in between is surrender. I had to completely surrender Wes to God. Total loss of control. Total reliance on God and His will, whatever it might be.This book will be useful to any experiencing the tragedies of life, and to those facing cancer, especially leukemia. It discusses the sometimes gruesome, and highly technical, nature of the disease, but as a balance to that, Bill addresses the many themes relating to loss, including a sensitive ending thats full of light and insight, for both Christians and non-Christians. He makes no bones about how their faith in Christ was challenged but eventually enabled them to pursue hope and feel the power of Gods love in their darkest hours. This is a wonderful and worthy tribute to their amazing son, Wes, their friends and family, and the dedicated medical staff that served them so well. But more than anything, its a compelling testimony about Gods amazing grace.
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