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Dear Deb: A Woman with Cancer, a Friend with Secrets, and the Letters That Became Their Miracle [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Terry
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"I want you to know that if my illness inspired you to write these stories, the cancer was worth it."—Deb

What stories could possibly make cancer worth it?

Stories that represent a miracle—a lifetime of miracles. Stories that changed the writer as she wrote them and stories that will touch the heart of the reader, one by one by one. Stories that are not just stories.

They started out as words of encouragement to a dying woman. They turned into a collection of sparkling and intimate moments, pulled from the past to finally be understood and shared with new meaning.

Story by story, letter by letter, Margaret Terry uncovered powerful pictures in her own life of the one truth that could help carry her friend Deb from this life to the next: God is at work.

Together, Deb and Margaret found renewed hope in all the ways God shows up right to the very end. Which is where they found the miracle they'd been praying for all along. In each other.

Editorial Reviews


A combination of On Golden Pond and It's a Wonderful Life, this inspirational and entertaining book will inspire you to embrace your flaws and strive for a deeper and more meaningful life. You will laugh and you will cry, but mostly you will be roused to reach out to those you love, to share secret pieces of your own heart. Darlene Gudrie Butts author, The Promise

Faced with losing her friend by inches to cancer, Terry went looking for miracles, and found them embedded in her own imperfect life. If you think, "There has to be more to life," then pick up this book! Bonnie Grove, award-winning author of Your Best You

In this honest and tender love letter about life, Margaret Terry shows us how real courage and faith are manifested. When I closed this book,I had one word to say: 'Amen!'  Ann Hite, award-winning author of Ghost on Black Mountain

These letters to a dying woman demonstrate the power of stories to make us feel alive and hopeful--even at our lowest moments. Margaret Terry's faith creates a graceful frame for fifty-five small, shining portraits of love, loss and forgiveness. (For fans of Anne Lamott, here's a kindred spirit!) Marni Jackson, author, The Mother Zone

About the Author

Margaret Terry and her sons live in Ontario, Canada, where she still stops by the side of the road to pick the Queen Anne’s lace. Her favorite thing to do is cook for family and friends and sit around the table telling stories.

Product Details

  • File Size: 349 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400204372
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D1THT4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Miracle You Can Hold in Your Hand--And Pass Along October 2, 2012
A letter can be so powerful, writes Alexandra Stoddard in one of the most lovely of books, *Gift of a Letter,* and she is right. A letter can stir you and leave you with a piece of someone, the mark of their hand, the intentions of their heart. And a letter can save your life. Too often we miss this with crass texts and instant e-notes and phone conversations. But Margaret Terry knew the powerful truth of lasting letters the day she began writing them to her friend Deb, dying of cancer. Doctors gave Deb no hope for health or healing. But Deb believed in a miracle, and she asked her friends to do the same. So Margaret proclaimed that belief in 102 letters containing stories of hope over six months. Only the miracle and the hope were not Deb's. They were Margaret's. The incredible story of Margaret and Deb's miracle is so beautifully shared in the book *Dear Deb: A Woman with Cancer, A Friend with Secrets, and the Letters that Became Their Miracle.* The book is uplifting, the letters stirring, the story of Margaret and Deb's long journey together unforgettable. While I love so many of the letters in this book, perhaps my favorite is "God Shows Up," midway through, because at a time when Margaret herself felt no hope, a friend left her a Bible among the overdue bill notices in her mailbox. The short note attached read, "Read me fifteen minutes a day," and wished Margaret the gift of Luke 1:37. Margaret wondered what would happen if she did as the note directed. Would she shrink like Alice, who down the rabbit hole in Wonderland finds with the note "Drink Me" on a small bottle of liquid and finds it to be a reducing potion? Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendship, encouragement and a miracle! October 1, 2012
By Robyn
Dear Deb: A Woman with Cancer, a Friend with Secrets, and the Letters That Became Their Miracle
Dear Deb is the true story of: `A woman with cancer, a friend with secrets, and the letters that became their miracle.' And, I would submit, so much more. The book is a series of 55 of the 102 letters written to a friend. Why 55? To borrow Terry's phrase: "One letter for each year Deb graced this beautiful world with her presence."
The writer, Margaret Terry, a storyteller from a very young age, has a writing style that will have you fully engaged from beginning to end...even wanting more.

The impetus for the letters is in response to Deb's request for encouragement. Deb has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer, and her only request is for encouragement. No food, no chores, rides, etc...just pure and simple encouragement. It seems, though, that Deb was an encouragement; she had an unwavering belief that she would see a miracle. A belief that was contagious and inspiring.

Terry's letters are not a series of motivational phrases that we have all heard. She sets out to go deeper by sharing intimate details from her life. And as you read through these letters, you will discover that she had no intention of ever publishing or even sharing these letters. It was Deb who decided to share the letters as they were written and, in what can only be viewed as a courageous move by Terry, she was not deterred from continuing to share her intensely personal stories and life lessons. Each letter closes with a bible verse that just punctuates the message and encourages.

You will find that Dear Deb is encouraging to you as well. Many of the letters will feel as if they were written specifically for you. What are you waiting for? Run, don'twalk, to purchase this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sisterhood of understanding and love! September 19, 2012
Three years ago my sweet mother-in-law went through breast cancer. The chemo treatments were hard on all of us. When a person goes through cancer the disease affects everyone in the family. It can even affect friends.
As I began reading dear deb I knew that this book would be like a tribute to women everywhere, who have fought the battle...some have won and some have gone on to their reward.
dear deb made me think, laugh and cry! What a friendship and what a lovely hope!
People may give up hope but God is continually at work. As I was reading this book the scripture from Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" came to mind. Yes, God has a purpose that we may not understand but we can be conquerors through His love.
I loved the deep friendship of these two women...a bond stronger than "natural-born sisters." A sisterhood of understanding and caring that comes from the deepest depths of the heart.
This book would make a great gift for someone who is going through a rough time or even going through cancer.
Such an encouragement! And a lovely take on life! God's grace is sufficient!
*This book was provided for review BookSneeze/Thomas Nelson Publishing*
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A touching book. November 29, 2012
Deb goes to Margaret's church and has announced to her group that she has cancer. She wants and believes in a miracle. Margaret befriends her and starts writing letters to her to encourage her daily and give her something to look forward to each day as she fights the fight that is taking her life.

This was a different book than what I originally thought it would be. When I first read the review for it I thought it would be a book where Deb, the woman with cancer, is writing back and forth to Margaret. However this is not the case. This is a bunch of letters that Margaret wrote to Deb about Margaret's own life and the many things she has overcome.

Throughout these letters Margaret is encouraging Deb and also encouraging the reader. She tells of what it's like to be a mother, to go through divorce and how she eventually came back to God.

This was an easy read, however I really enjoyed it. I felt like I was sitting down with Margaret, enjoying a cup of coffee while she told me about her life. I also enjoyed how, without even knowing it, the words that God had given to Margaret encouraged me...even though the letters were not written for me. They challenged me to examine my life, to think about things and to change some things around.

If you need a light read and want to be encouraged along the way....pick up this book. Margaret Terry is an amazing author and I can't wait for her next book!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <[...]> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <[...]> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book for those facing cancer now, and to those who have lost loved ones to cancer.
Published 19 days ago by Tami M Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Letters of love change lives
Engaging premise about how to support someone through the most challenging circumstances by sharing deeply of oneself. Excellent for books group discussions of all sorts. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Rev. Ruth H.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE POWER OF WORDS
Dear Deb is a book that encapsuates the phrase "the power of words". We all have those people in our lives that we consider to be more than acquaintances but not quite friends. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Yankeelin
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicken Soup for the Soul? This is a hearty Beef Stew for the Spirit!
If you enjoyed reading the stories laid out in the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, you will absolutely LOVE Dear Deb. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
This is an amazing story that will capture your heart. Loved it from start to finish and want to read again.
Published 24 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
If you're debating whether or not to purchase this fantastic book, take a look at the promotional video/trailer that gives you a quick glimpse into this amazing story... Read more
Published on March 11, 2013 by PC
5.0 out of 5 stars uplifting book
I was a bit concerned this book might be sad and morose since the title mentions the "C" word--cancer. However, being a cancer patient myself, I was intrigued. Read more
Published on January 28, 2013 by little lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Beautiful Stories in One
Margaret Terry does an amazing job painting stories with her pen. I loved getting to know her through her letters, all the while wondering how Deb was doing and what she thought of... Read more
Published on January 25, 2013 by Mary E. DeMuth
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing Through Sharing
This book reads like a part-memoir, part-letter, and part-retrospective writing. Addressed to a friend called Deb, who is struggling with Stage 4 terminal lung cancer, the author... Read more
Published on January 15, 2013 by Dr Conrade Yap
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives you hope
Dear Deb is not a book I would normally read. But the concept of this book intrigued me. This was a book of letters that Margaret Terry wrote to her friend Deb who was dying. Read more
Published on December 31, 2012 by Janet Deniz
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More About the Author

I was born and raised in a steel town in Canada along the shores of Lake Ontario. The eldest of five girls, I became a storyteller at a young age and learned early that stories had the power to heal and quiet my sisters. When I was eleven years old I won $5 for an essay titled "What I Want More Than Anything." What I wanted most was to tell stories that earned me five dollars. Or to be Queen of the World. I never got the Queen job, but along the way I've worked as a sidewalk sweeper, store greeter, bank teller, cruise director, event planner, antique hunter and my favorite job, Mom.

John Lennon was right when he said "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." Dear Deb began with a single letter...


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