Hoping For More: having cancer, talking faith, and accepting grace

Hoping For More having cancer talking faith and accepting grace Description We tend to use words like miracle and mystery in the context of serendipity In this frank and eloquent account of life transformed by cancer Deanna Thompson explores these articles of fai

  • Title: Hoping For More: having cancer, talking faith, and accepting grace
  • Author: Deanna A. Thompson
  • ISBN: 9781610979818
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Description We tend to use words like miracle and mystery in the context of serendipity In this frank and eloquent account of life transformed by cancer, Deanna Thompson explores these articles of faith as they are also wont to appear on the hard edges of hope and the dark side of joy Krista Tippett, from the Foreword Hoping for More is a story of a young religionDescription We tend to use words like miracle and mystery in the context of serendipity In this frank and eloquent account of life transformed by cancer, Deanna Thompson explores these articles of faith as they are also wont to appear on the hard edges of hope and the dark side of joy Krista Tippett, from the Foreword Hoping for More is a story of a young religion professor with a stage IV cancer diagnosis and a lousy prognosis for the future Amid the grief and the grace of her fractured life, this theologian who is also a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend searches for words adequate to express her faltering faith More Anne Lamott meets Harold Kushner than the teller of a pious, God saved me from cancer tale, Thompson unpacks the messy realities that arise when faith and suffering collide Told in shimmering prose, Hoping for More takes readers on an unsentimental journey through the valley of the shadow of cancer beyond the predictable parameters of prayer, the church, even belief in life after death What emerges is a novel approach to talking faith and accepting grace when hope is all you ve got Endorsements Deanna Thompson s honest and faithful book shows how healing happens in community, and how blessing is found amid doubt and pain This is a book of grace Sara Miles Author of Take This Bread 2007 and Jesus Freak 2010 I learned so much by reading this book, as a pastor, friend, and mother Thompson s insights are for everyone who has ever struggled with serious illness or loved someone who has, which means that this book is ultimately for everyone If you have ever wondered, What do I say or What do I do this book offers wise counsel, with humor, intellect, and, most of all, grace In Hoping for More, you get to eavesdrop on the intimate thoughts of someone worth listening to In the end, Thompson s deepest theological insights are not about cancer but about life itself Lillian Daniel Senior Minister, First Congregational Church UCC, Glen Ellyn, Illinois Author of This Odd and Wondrous Calling 2009 and Tell It Like It Is Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony 2006 Thompson stands in her cancer with rare, radical awakeness to its bracing truth and gives us a moving, life lived testimony to the graciousness of grace Serene Jones President of Union Theological Seminary In Hoping for More, Deanna Thompson presents her extraordinary journey of diagnosis and treatment of stage IV breast cancer Thanks to her strong personal voice, reading this book is like listening to a friend tell you about part of her life over a cup of tea Of the many miracles in this book is Deanna s ability to reflect on her faith, illness, and loved ones at the same time She quietly offers a systematic theology enriched by living with cancer making this book a valuable resource for those interested in the intersection of medicine and faith Monica A Coleman Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions, Claremont School of Theology Author of Not Alone Reflections on Faith and Depression 2012 About the Contributor s Deanna A Thompson is Professor of Religion at Hamline University in St Paul, Minnesota, and author of Crossing the Divide Luther, Feminism, and the Cross She lives with her husband and two daughters in St Paul

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    1. I have lived a healthy life. Never a hospital visit or surgery. I expect the day will come when my record of healthiness is broken, but I count myself fortunate. What if one is in the prime of life -- early 40s -- and an aching back leads to the diagnosis of stage 4 metastatic breast cancer that has moved into one's spine? What if you receive this news and you are wife and mother of two children? The prognosis is that death is likely to be in your near future. How do you live with such news? Dea [...]

    2. Easy read, hard to put down. Tells the truth about her experience and her wrestling with prayer, with facing death by cancer, with the things people say.Not poetic, no "deathless" prose, yet worth reading more than once. A theology professor, the author reflects her Christian faith amidst a terminal diagnosis: how it is to put your life down and pick it up again; how to deal with a certainly uncertain life; and how the rest of us can support this journey.Share with people who have extended/chron [...]

    3. I thoroughly enjoyed Deanna's book. She holds in tender balance the deep and ongoing struggle of cancer with the challenges (and blessings) of faith in a life in "cancer-world". She tells her story of tests, illness, fear, and the small victories along the way without sugary sentimentality. I often found myself thinking "Oh, that must have been similar to what _______ went through with her cancer" and was grateful for that insight. I may have been a bit biased in my reading of the book as I had [...]

    4. Wise and understated, the author tells her experience as a Stage IV cancer survivor. Full of real experience, theological musings, honest wrestling.I love the last chapter, about the paradox in Christian faith talking about living in the present, but having a very real and eschatological hope for the future. It's true that we have often emphasized one at the expense of the other, but she really lifts up the necessity of both.As well, her chapter on the things people say when you have cancer was [...]

    5. Deanna, a mother of small children and a professor of theology was striken with what could easily be fatal cancer. Her account of the journey through her diagnosis and treatment, combined with deep, painfully honest theological reflection, are a must read for anyone struggling with these issues or working with people who are.

    6. This story of a journey with a cancer diagnosis is a short but powerful read. I took away so much in how to attempt to understand and sympathize a little with people faced with horrific life changing events.

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