It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the USA again. Everywhere we look, we see something pink: pink balloons, pink ribbons, pink blow dryers, pink bottles of shampoo, pink candy, pink jewelry, pink clothing.
Remember that beyond that pink power is a concern for people’s lives.
I want to recommend two books to you in alphabetical order by title: Dear God, They Say It’s Cancer (Howard Books) by Janet Thompson and Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer (Revell) by Yvonne Ortega.
Janet Thompson and Yvonne Ortega are both breast cancer survivors.
In the book, Dear God, They Say It’s Cancer, Janet Thompson offers practical advice, encouragement, and hope for anyone with a life-threatening illness. Each chapter includes: A Sister Shares—stories from breast cancer “sisters,” Mentoring Moment—lessons learned, helpful hints, encouragement, God’s Love Letter to You—paraphrased Scripture for you to personalize, Journaling Guides—encouraging prompts to help you journal your own breast cancer journey, and more. The Sanity Tools Appendix includes such items as resources and a space for appointments, contact information and other details. Janet says, “A cancer diagnosis affects the whole family, and their world starts to whirl with yours.” This book is a comprehensive, practical guide that is easy-to-read and offers wonderful spiritual encouragement to those who face cancer.
In the book, Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer, Yvonne Ortega offers the readers sixty brief inspirational readings. Each one starts with a Scripture reading which she calls a Hope Builder and ends with a brief prayer. Yvonne knows there will be triumphs and setbacks on this journey. However, she reminds the readers that even when it looks like they are alone, God is there every step of the way. This book provides the emotional and spiritual support cancer patients yearn for. Yvonne writes from the heart, sharing her feelings and reactions in a way that will cause you to say, “She understands.” Ride the roller coaster with Yvonne as your seatmate on a courageous, vulnerable, hope-filled journey through cancer. You won’t know whether to laugh or cry—but you will know you’ve found a friend.
Yvonne Ortega October 20, 2011