Weaving together autobiographical details and profound theological insights, Episcopal priest Victor Austin shares how caring for his wife during her 19-year battle with brain disease brought him face-to-face with God in surprising and unsettling ways. His personal story of love and loss powerfully shows that the Lord gives and takes away---but never withdraws his presence. 160 pages, hardcover from Brazos.
The Story of Brain Disease and the Priest's Wife
This is the story of Susan--a wife, mother, Christian believer, lover of children, writer of stories, and woman of extraordinary intellect. Susan was diagnosed with a brain tumor in her late thirties. Although it was successfully treated, the process led to her slow, unending decline.
In this personal story of love and loss, Victor Lee Austin shares how caring for his wife during her painful struggle with brain cancer and its aftereffects brought him face-to-face with his God and with his faith in unsettling ways. God gave Victor what his heart most desired--marriage to Susan--then God took away what he had given. Yet God never withdrew his presence. Weaving together autobiographical details and profound theological insights, this powerful narrative shows that we are called to turn to God in the face of suffering.
Victor Lee Austin (PhD, Fordham University), an Episcopal priest, is canon theologian and theologian-in-residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and Church of the Incarnation in uptown Dallas. He has taught in various academic settings and is the author of several books, including Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed and Up with Authority. He previously served as theologian-in-residence at the historic St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York City.