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  1. Patti P.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Faith-filled journey with Cancer
    June 26, 2020
    Patti P.
    Cancer wreaks havoc and devastation in its path typically. Families have to deal with heartbreak and more. Lisa Stringer does an excellent job of sharing her family's path through a cancer diagnosis for her husband.

    The way this book was written brought me in and made me feel as though I were a part of the family. She illustrates how God did not do this tor their family and how we can find comfort and strength by walking closer to God and relying on His Strength.

    Having lost my grandfather to cancer about 15 years ago, I was able to relate to this heartfelt memoir. The book clearly demonstrates the importance of relying on God and recognizing our eternal home in Heaven rather than here on the heart. I appreciated seeing cancer from the side of the caregiver. When my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, my mother, his only child, spent much of her time caring for him.

    I truly recommend reading this book. It is a moving look at life with cancer.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
  2. Stardust Fiddle
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    From Life-Threatening to Life-Fulfilling
    June 14, 2020
    Stardust Fiddle
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A plethora of books have been written about cancer and illness from a Christian perspective, from how-to manuals to memoirs and everything in between. I will be the first to admit that, as someone with chronic illnesses, I am wary of which ones I pick up to read. I want to read something that is Biblically sound and life-giving, not assigning blame or promising cures, and that inspires and uplifts. If you have been through or are going through any kind of significant illness, you do not need depressing reading material. Of course the first Book to turn to should always be your Bible, because it doesn't get any more hopeful than that, and nothing can ever exceed God's Word! With that as our foundation, when we read other books, we can discern what lines up with Scripture and what does not.

    When I began reading "God Did Not Do This to Me", author Lisa Stringer's story engaged me immediately. Rather than a mere factual account of her husband Doug's journey through B-cell lymphoma, she presents an engaging story that details how their family turned a life-threatening diagnosis into a life-fulfilling opportunity for continued ministry. Her honesty about some of their difficult moments is refreshing in demonstrating that even the strongest in the faith still need God's strength, which is "made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9). Doug's revelation about the eagle in chapter 7 enhanced my understanding of the beloved Isaiah 40:31 with knowledge I had not known about eagles themselves. Also, the pillows of peace, a widespread ministry created from a single gift, shows how much can be achieved with a vision for sharing the love of Christ. And I had to smile while reading the story about the Rocky statue and running the steps to it, although my favorite part of this whole testimony is how Doug and Lisa continue to minister to as many as possible during their own trials.

    We may never know the "why" behind the things we go through, but we can rest in the knowledge that God is always good, and that untold blessings lie ahead if we remain faithful to Him. As Lisa says near the end of her story, "Never take for granted what you are going through, good or bad. Allow it to be turned for the good because God has a greater story that comes out of your place of need. No matter what unexpected detours you encounter, God wants us to keep our focus on where we're going, not what we are going through."

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
  3. Cheri S
    Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great inspirational book
    May 14, 2020
    Cheri S
    Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was packed full of wonderful faith filling truths. It was the story of Doug and Lisas family battle with Dougs cancer, but it was truly about a lot more! It was about faith, speaking words of life, and keeping Gods mission front and center despite whatever the enemy throws at individuals. It was about a strong family unit and their humanness (that was awesome to see that they were not perfect walking through the journey) but their faith and actions were so inspiring and encouraging. I truly loved reading this book and was filled with encouragement and hope when turning the last pages. Even, or maybe especially the part about survivors guilt spoke volumes to me.

    I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.
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