I read Elaine's book today, all of it.
It's been here for a few days, but I waited for a quiet day to myself and this was the day.
The reason I have looked so forward to this book is because I have read Elaine's blogs, many of you have too, writings that have challenged me and struck a chord in my own heart over and over, words that were written before cancer even became a chapter in her life.
I knew this was going to be special. It is...
It won't take you long to recognize yourself on these pages, whether you've ever had cancer or not. I haven't, and by the end of page 2, I already knew there were many lessons here for me.
Elaine writes so beautifully, as most of you already know, her pen is God's gift.
These words are about so much more than cancer, although she shares both her struggles and rough times so honestly, it will be a treasure for cancer patients and their families. This book, with questions at the end of each chapter, and also a facilitator format, is ideal for churches to offer in a group or small group setting.
I'm sincere when I say that Elaine and several others of you blogging sisters are as good as it gets! Move over Beth... :)
The secrets she shares here are for every one of us. They are principles for living, God's way. There isn't anyone who travels this journey of life without 'something', be it cancer, or some other form of suffering. But as Elaine so clearly says, all of our 'somethings' matter to God, are known to Him, and will be transformed in our lives for good, because of His grace.
You will gain so much insight from Elaine's honest and gifted words. I just love this girl!!
I could give you so many quotes, but I really hope you will read this book yourself, so I won't, maybe just one...
"Hard surrenders made in the leanest of all of life's seasons indicate an underlying, undeniable, and underscored personal trust in the work of the cross."
Get the book!