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Grace For Each Hour - Book Review
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Last edited: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Posted: Monday, September 03, 2007

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This book is not about breast cancer nor treatment options. Comfort for Women Facing Breast Cancer. Six months of devotions designed to support, comfort, encourage, strengthen and reassure women when they need it.

I reviewed this book in 2004 or 2005....while being the Baptist, Business Coach and Insurance Host/Writer at another site. This book is not about breast cancer nor treatment options. It contains 120 devotions. You might want to read one devotion each day to comfort and sustain you throughout a typical six-month breast cancer experience. Six months of devotions designed to support, comfort, encourage, strengthen and reassure women when they need it. Comfort for Women Facing Breast Cancer. I looked up the word "Grace" (in VINE'S Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words) and it said the sums of earthly blessings; the power and equipment for ministry. The fact that Grace is received from God the Father (Gal 1:6; 15:25; I Cor 3:10, Gal 2:9; Eph 3:27). This book is not about breast cancer nor treatment options. It contains 120 devotions. You might want to read one devotion each day to comfort and sustain you throughout a typical six-month breast cancer experience. It wasn't until she was told she had breast cancer that the Lord won her heart in 1999. As the author opened her eyes in the recovery room, she could barely make out the face of the surgeon who had removed the cancerous lump. She received prayers in cards, letters, e-mails, and over the telephone. Let the prayers of your family, friends, and a loving faith community cover and protect you. She's embarassed to admit that her hair was the very first thought that came to mind when the possibility of cancer was discovered. Don't be discouraged and abandon your faith, no matter what happens or how long it takes. The young woman looked at the author with deep sorrow in her eyes when she offered to pray for her. She had just had a mastectomy. But you don't understand, I haven't been to church since I was a little girl in Sunday School. I'm sure the lost son in Jesus' parable felt the same way about returning to his earthly father. When he came to his senses he returned to his father who ran to him with open arms and threw a party to celebrate his safe return. She invited Christ into her life and into the center of her cancer. Thank HIM for the technology that made your diagnosis possible. Thank HIM for the skilled doctors and nurses who care for you. Thank HIM for medical science and all the new drugs and treatment options that weren't available to women 20 years ago. Thank HIM for friends and family who love you and pray for you. When your treatment is over and your doctor releases you from their close supervision, you can take comfort in knowing your God is always on duty. Before the author's diagnosis she didn't truly prosper. Oh, she was successful by the world's standards. Joesph understood obedience. His personal integrity and spiritual ability to interpret dreams won the respect and admiration of the Pharoh, who made Joesph the second in command of all Egypt when he was only thirty years old. God used the evil actions of Joesph's brothers to fulfill HIS ultimate plan. The author remember a time when she disobeyed God. Several years ago a friend and co-worked passed away from ovarian cancer. Many times in her last few months of suffering, she had a strong prompting in her spirit to go to see her. But she didn't want to go to Nineveh! And she didn't. She suspects breast cancer is a little like being in the belly of a fish. She don't know how if God sent her there. She do know HE sent her back to Nineveh. This time she obeyed. And God expanded the assignment. Today she leads a cancer cure ministry. She counsel, mentor, and pray with people suffering from all types of cancer. God never intended for believers to live in isolation. His friends weren't perfect, but they had hearts set on following God. He knows we will face difficulty in this life, and HE never planned for us to face it alone. Ask God to put people you can trust to form such deep relationships in your path. They can help you become the warrior Princess God planned all along. Be still, and know that I AM GOD. The words scrolled slowly across her computer screen saver. Even before her relationship with the Lord became more intimate she found comfort in those WORDS. Mary J. Nelson is the author of Grace for Each Hour - Comfort for Women Facing Breast Cancer. The author is the founder of Soterion, a healthcare communications consulting firm and she serves on the vision board at Hosanna! Lutheran Church. She leads the Pray for Cure cancer ministry at Hosanna! and serves as an intercessory/one-on-one mentor for women with breast cancer. The reference for the word "Grace" was used/taken from: Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words, Published in 1997 by Thomas Nelson, Inc; Nashville, TN.......All Rights Reserved...For brief quotations in critical reviews or articles. My personal testimony--- 9/2/07 I shared yesterday publicy for the first time that four or five times it was thought that I could have had cancer -- the first time more than 27 years ago and the last time in 2004 or 2005. In 2004 or 2005 the doctor discovered their was a lump or lumps in one of my breast. Oh yes it did make me upset and I did worry some. The kind technican took me not to worry. And there was a test/mammogram ordered for me to take.....but the test showed that I had no sign of cancer....and no lump is there any longer. In June 2007 I decided to support a breast cancer annual event and bought a white pearl bracelet with pink ribbons from a hospital in Jackson to help support their cause but I never shared my story with them either. So the question is ... have I ever had cancer?      

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