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"I've taught you how to live; now I want to teach you how to die. You don't have to be afraid."
When Becky Baudouin's mother spoke those words to her, they weren't said lightly. Her mother had an inoperable tumor--and after months of treatment, there was no hope for a longer life. There was, however, assurance of life everlasting.
Learned in the dark hours of pain and the bright moments of love, the honest insights on fear, loss, and grief that Becky shares in this book are applicable to everyone's story--including yours. If you're losing a loved one or facing death, you won't be alone on your journey: Becky walks with you every step of the way. There are even questions for reflection to guide you to comfort, whether you're reading on your own or with others sharing the struggle.
In times when hope seems lost, Becky's story reveals that God is the only source for a spirit's true healing. For anyone living with the tension of wanting to hold on yet needing to let go, Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy demonstrates a powerful and profound love.
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
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richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Finding Hope and Help in Seasons of Grief and SufferingNovember 6, 2017richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Finding Hope and Help in Seasons of Grief and Suffering
Becky Baudouin was devastated when she learned of an inoperable tumor on her mothers lung? Her fear triggered alarm, followed by apprehension and anxiety.
In her book Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy Baudouin relates stories from her childhood, and expresses her fears and insecurities at home, in school, and in her relationships. She tells of how, as a teenager, she became a follower of Jesus and the impact this has made on her life.
A central theme of lessons learned from her mother is beautifully woven throughout the tapestry of the book. Each fast moving chapter is filled with faith building examples and scriptural promises.
Lessons I learned from reading Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy include:
A willingness to become vulnerable
To respect the feelings of other family members
God never intended for us to walk alone
Our times are in Gods hands
To be joyful in hope and patient in affliction
The peacefulness of our mutual faith drawing together in a unique closeness
Accepting the process of death and the conflicting feelings of loss and agonizing dread, and the wonderful new life awaiting in heaven
Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy is important and meaningful resource for anyone experiencing suffering or facing the uncertainties and grief brought on by a terminal illness.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Memoir of walking through parental illness and deathOctober 8, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Baudouin shares events and insights she experienced while her mother was dying and after her death. The chapters are short vignettes and are suitable for devotional reading. Questions are given at the end of the book for group discussion or personal reflection.
Baudouin also writes about experiences earlier in life. She stuttered as a child and writes about how that affected her in childhood and later. She shares how she learned to not be afraid, turning her worries into prayers.
She believes God allows trials to come our way and that He is always working for our good. Our dependence on Him is what matters most. (56) With that in view, Baudouin writes about being with her mother during the cancer and her feelings after her mother's death. My favorite part of this narrative was when her mother was near death. Heaven became much more real to her. I had found the same with my own mother.
Reading this book is an encouragement to those who feel called by God to write an inspirational memoir. Here is a quote I liked and think explains the motive for Baudouin writing this book: "When God heals us, he turns our shame into our story." (84) One could say the same about grief or tragedy. Each of us has a story we can tell.
I recommend this book for those facing the death of a loved one or having recently experienced it. It would be a good book for a grief recovery group to read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.