13 January, 2013

Renew your Strength

I've had a book on my desk for some time now, waiting for its chance to make an appearance here. This is a book that has my name in it, in the Acknowledgments! It was written by one of my Invisible Sisters, Shirley Corder (her website). A South African friend who I've never met face-to-face, but who knows more about me than many of my friends.

Strength Renewed was born out of her experience with breast cancer and desire to help others out there going through the cancer journey. It is a collection of 90 mediations that shepherd the reader through the journey, from the shock of first diagnosis through to the end of treatment.

It isn't a book about her, though she tells many short stories of her journey. It isn't a how-to book either. The book isn't a theological one, nor is it a book about healing. It relentlessly points the reader to the God who helped her through the journey. It is a practical book, it is a book that will help you walk through the fire.

Shirley was the leader of the writing critique group that took me in several years ago. I've critiqued many of her stories, some are even in this book. I enjoy her style, she writes with fresh honesty about what she's experienced, not stopping to hide her faults.

I have never had cancer, but I know that if that ever happens, I want this book by my side. If someone I know well is diagnosed, I'll be buying this book for them and their loved ones.

Oh, and by the way, this isn't just a book for the one with cancer, it will be invaluable for the spouse, children, parents or other close loved ones.

Tomorrow and Tuesday I'm posting an interview I did with Shirley (via email). I hope you'll come and find out more about this book and its author.


KarenKTeachCamb said...

As I read this, my thoughts turned straight away to a friend who is currently dealing with Breast Cancer. She has 4 daughters and she and her husband are in their second year here in Cambodia. Think I might have to get a copy and share it with her. She's blowing me away with how she is coping, but at the same time I know she's having struggles and maybe this might help and encourage her as she works her way through treatment. Thanks for sharing Wendy. I'll be looking forward to the interviews.

Wendy said...

Wow, Karen. You definitely should get this for your friend. The author says that it is the book that she looked for, but couldn't find when she was going through that awful time.

Yvonne Ortega said...

Wendy, thank you for your wonderful interview of Shirley Corder. She is a lovely lady, and her book is fabulous. As a breast cancer survivor myself, I wish her book had been out when I went through cancer.

Shirley Corder said...

So glad you've found this book beneficial Wendy, and I will always be grateful for the critiques and encouragement when I was writing it!

Judith Robl said...

While this book is focused on the cancer journey, the scriptures and meditations are pertinent for anyone going through a disastrous trial.

I said as much in my Amazon review here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1EQRG1HNUHS0N/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0800720237&nodeID=283155&store=books