Winner of the 2015 Christian Book Award® in the Inspiration category.
Storytelling is an important art form present in many cultures: it is a way of processing life events, of searching for meaning, and of allowing teller and listener to wrestle with the message. It is a form of teaching and learning. For the women in Bearing Witness, stories are tangible legacies for family and friends and a chance to share their thoughts on living with the “glass half full.” They inspire the reader to reflect on life’s struggles and to find within themselves a sense of optimism, perhaps when they least expect to.
Kathryn Carter’s concluding essay places these stories in the context of contemporary discourses of illness and healing.
In this unique book, answers to practical questions, including how and where to find financial and emotional support as a caregiver, are explored through research and personal experience. Influences, such as culture and socioeconomic status that impact the family system within which a cancer patient is cared for, are addressed as well. Recognizing that family members sometimes need help even more than their loved one with cancer, the book provides vignettes demonstrating situations and solutions for particular ethnic and cultural populations and for spouses/partners and children of cancer patients. Easy to read and use, "Surviving Cancer as a Family and Helping Co-Survivors Thrive" will quickly give readers the knowledge to cope with a cancer diagnosis of a loved one--or even themselves.
What choices would you make if you knew you may
From the multi award-winning, best-selling author of four books, including Here,
Home, Hope, a gripping and heart wrenching novel about a young mother who
has it all. The only problem is she may be dying.
In her previous works including All the Difference, Rouda's characters
"sparkle with humor and heart," and the stories are "told with
honest insight and humor" (Booklist). "Inspirational and
engaging" (ForeWord), these are the novels you'll turn to for
strong female characters and an "engaging read" (Kirkus).
In the Mirror is the story of Jennifer Benson, a woman who seems to have
it all. Diagnosed with cancer, she enters an experimental treatment facility to
tackle her disease the same way she tackled her life - head on. But while she's
busy fighting for a cure, running her business, planning a party, staying
connected with her kids, and trying to keep her sanity, she ignores her own
intuition and warnings from others and reignites an old relationship best left
If you knew you might die, what choices would you make? How would it affect
your marriage? How would you live each day? And how would you say no to the one
who got away?
"Kaira Rouda has created relatable characters you'll care deeply about.
Emotionally gripping and heart-achingly beautiful, In the Mirror will
make you think about what's truly important." ~ Tracey Garvis Graves, New
York Times bestselling author
“Balancing sadness and humor, the retrospective tone of this novel is both
therapeutic and affecting. In the Mirror is an emotion-packed novel
about a mother facing terminal cancer. It is a nostalgic tribute to the things
that really matter: family and friends.” ~ Foreword
"Rouda writes with a fluent, psychologically subtle realism that cuts
Jennifer’s pathos (and occasional self-pity) with humor and irony, and she
surrounds her with characters—doting dad; vain, shallow mom; mensch of a gay
business partner; sarcastic gal pals—who are sharply etched and entertaining.
Jennifer is a winning heroine, and readers will undoubtedly root for her as she
reaches for a more mature, if achingly uncertain, future. An absorbing story of
a woman grasping at life in the midst of death. ~ Kirkus Reviews
The blogs tell a story of all the uncertainties that come with diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survival. Her vulnerability is expressed with humour and strength. Her greatest support is the love she receives from her husband and her children.
Cancer is an unexpected gift that helps the author to realize the fragility of life and the importance of appreciating the moment.