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Confronting Cancer with the QiGong Edge Paperback – September 21, 2010

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About the Author

Bob Ellal is a four-time cancer survivor and practitioner of Eastern internal energy arts. He has worked as a writer/editor for a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. as well as a writer at Aetna Life & Casualty, Inc. This book is about using mind/body techniques as complementary medicine in the fight against cancer.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453823875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453823873
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,807,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Mary Belshaw on May 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The unputdownable quality of this book lies not only in the superb writing, but in the mesmerising balance the writer achieves between the horror of his protagonist's journey through seemingly never ending onslaughts of cancer, and the philosophy behind his remarkable recovery.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 8, 2011
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This book is powerful. The author, Bob Ellal, has written a compelling narrative detailing his life-or-death battle with cancer, not just once, but four times. Bob's raw honesty - baring his heart and soul - for all to see bespeaks his profound courage. He tells it like it is. His words convey penetrating insight and wit. And by doing so, he tears down our defenses and binds us in common human struggle behind the differences.

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.
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By DN Charles on June 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
What makes for a memorable book? Good content and writing- yes. A great story- of course! But for me, the essential is some sort of internal usefulness. Not in that 'how to' way, but in the sense that the words creep back when you too have a journey on your hands and a feeling of abandonment in your gut. 'Confronting Cancer...' is such a book. Read it on good days and bad. You'll remember Bob's journey, and absorb a little of the attitude, find that added strength when the inner demons hit - cancer, personal crisis or whatever.

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.
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Confronting Cancer with the QiGong Edge, stands as a must read for anyone touched by the brutal reality cancer invokes. Bob's words draw you into the narrative, you'll find yourself willing him along on an epic journey of triumphs and tradgedy. Bob teaches us that even after victory the hero's tale does not end, the battle goes on. This book is awash in imagery and knowledge from cover to cover, a perfect read for anyone caught in life's struggle. Bob unabashedly shares his deepest fears and nightmares with us, but instills his hopes and determination. Extremely hard to put down, this book will leave you motivated and confident, and ready, to face to anything.
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