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Confronting Cancer with the QiGong Edge Paperback – September 21, 2010
Top Customer Reviews
He is not afraid to show the weaknesses of the main character alongside his strengths. He doesn't keep you strung up on the edge of your seat all the time. He gives you an enlightened breather every now and then, skilfully juxtaposing events that are not necessarily chronological and yet perfectly fit a pattern - creating cliffhangers as in a thriller that draw the reader ever forward.
This book should be read not only by cancer patients, or those touched by cancer, but by everyone. For there is a wealth of knowledge to be gleaned about how by one or two simple processes we can escape the stresses of the modern world that lead to so much ill health. One of these is a simple qigong exercise, a method of exercising from the inside out, instead of from the outside in; a combination of mind, breath and body co-ordination that leads to stillness, which in turn leads naturally into meditation, and from there to the art of visualisation - visualising the body whole and healed, a concept so important in augmenting the very necessary highly technical treatments of cancer. The 'Embrace the Tree' exercise (what a lovely title that would make), is the most important of these, and one we could all use, if only to chase away the common cold.
There is a fine line to be drawn between bravery and fear, between strength and weakness. Bob Ellal acknowledges that his usual iron will sometimes falters. He does not pretend that that it isn't happening. This endears the reader to Bob.Read more ›
As a proponent of the mind/body connection, I appreciated Bob's reference to the practice of qigong as one of the crucial healing modalities he utilized in his ultimate triumph over cancer. I was also deeply impressed by the resilience of human spirit exemplified by Bob's refusal to give up - by his will to live, in spite of overwhelming odds against it.
"Confronting Cancer with the Qigong Edge" is an invaluable resource for anyone who wishes to heal - not just for people dealing with cancer. Bob's wisdom gained and shared through such trying events will instill hope, if not persistence, in all of us.
Taut, true and affecting, this recount of the trauma of cancer and chemo dives straight in at the deep end doesn't let you go until the respite of the journey's end. Short enough to take in one sitting but eminently re-readable, this book weaves spirituality and perseverance into the raw moment with an honesty that is much more palatable than the usual 'think positive' post-cancer tome. It's the real thing. Read it for Bob's amazing story, but call on it for your own. Highly recommended.