Far and away and beyond compare … the best book to have in your collection of cancer books is … the Bible … numero uno.
That said … I believe there are also many lessons to be learned from the many authors who share their human experience through the books they write. Back in September, I shared a mini-review of the book Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges. While not specifically addressing cancer as a whole, this was a very timely read and has been very helpful to me.
At the time, I asked for recommendations of similar books that might prove helpful in dealing with cancer. While there were no responses here on wordpress, over on google+ one of my circle friends suggested the book Hope in the Face of Cancer: A Survival Guide for the Journey You Did Not Choose by Amy Givler M.D.
One thing that particularly drew me to this book, in addition to the topic, was that the author is a Christian, a doctor and a cancer survivor. She also received her diagnosis and began her treatment while pregnant. So this book, while very educational (I can see myself referring back to certain chapters from time to time) is also very experiential.
Here are the chapters:
- Looking at Cancer In a New Way
- Hearing – or Not Hearing – the Word “Cancer” for the First Time
- Adjusting Emotionally to the Diagnosis
- Entering the Medical World
- How Medical Care Becomes Trustworthy
- Choosing a Healthy Attitude
- Thinking Through the Options Promptly
- Getting Specialized Help
- Making Decisions in Partnership
- Facing Family and Friends
- Coping with Treatment
- Sensing a Spiritual Dimension
- Searching for Meaning
The book then wraps up with an Afterword, A Guide to Medical Resources and a comprehensive Notes section.
From my perspective this book did a good job preparing me for what to expect both now and in the future of this cancer journey … so it gets two thumbs up from me.
Have you read this book? If so, please share your comments and insights regarding the book.
Does anyone have any other books that might recommend to the cancer warrior who finds himself in the midst of the battle?
Be blessed IN Christ Jesus and His love!!!