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"This is the most wonderful books for those suffering with breast cancer and trying to do their best to overcome it. I love the way Shirley shares each step of the way, dealing with the issues at hand. With experience, tenderness and compassion, she will help you find peace and strength in God and His Word. This is a precious book to get if you have breast cancer, a wonderful gift for those you know suffering with it. I so highly encourage everyone to get this book for those women in your life who need this or who may need it."
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"Each devotion leads the reader through the grief process of discovering you have cancer, dealing with people when trying to tell them you have cancer, frustrations and misunderstandings and so on. All of the emotional processes that a cancer patient goes through are addressed in this book, from the start right to the finish of the process."
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"Your book has been a Godsend to me as I journey through breast cancer. I have many pages tabbed that I refer back to often! I've already purchased two more copies...one for a friend who is currently going through the journey, and another for someone who has yet to be diagnosed. Thanks so much for sharing your journey!"
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"Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)
   
  When I received my diagnosis of cancer, I didn't know anything about eagles. I wanted my strength renewed, but how do you wait on anyone, even the Lord, when you're told you have cancer?


     Over the following months, I learned much about eagles and even more about myself. I'm not naturally patient, but the eagle is, and so is the Lord. Gradually I learned what it meant to wait on him, and each time I did, he renewed my strength. Strength Renewed contains 90 devotions based on lessons I learned during my sojourn in the cancer valley.


     Years after my diagnosis, I sensed the Lord prompt me to write this book for people struggling through the cancer valley. You may be one of those patients, or perhaps the disease has afflicted someone you care for. Possibly you work with someone who has cancer, or you're in the medical field. Whatever your involvement, I pray the stories in this book will help you wait on the Lord. 


     During that long and difficult year of treatment, there were times I soared over the valley. Other times I plummeted to the depths. Yet always, before I hit the ground, the loving wings of my heavenly Father came underneath me, and lifted me back into his presence. He'll do the same for you as you seek to draw close to him through these devotions. Strength Renewed is designed to be read as a daily devotional reading and follows the cancer journey chronologically. However, you can read them in any order. 


     Stories of my own experiences link to relevant Scripture readings. Three questions follow each meditation. There are no right or wrong answers. They will help you apply the material you have just read to your own particular cancer journey. No two people are alike. Answer the questions as honestly as you know how. Jot them down in a note book, and allow them to assist you to wait upon the Lord. 


     My prayer is that He will renew your strength and help you rise and soar over the cancer valley.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800720237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720230
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley Corder is a registered nurse and minister's wife who has been writing for publication for over thirteen years. She is also a cancer survivor.

Her book, "Strength Renewed: Meditations for your Journey through Breast Cancer," is available in major bookstores across the world.

Shirley is a contributing author to eleven books to date including four Guideposts anthologies and some Chicken Soup books. She has published hundreds of devotional and inspirational articles internationally.

She is group director of CWOSA, an internet writers' group for Christian writers of South Africa.

Shirley and her husband of 45 years live a few blocks from the sea in beautiful Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She has a daughter and two sons, all married, and is proud grandmother to four boys and two girls, ranging from twenty-one to newborn. When she's not working, she and her husband enjoy long walks on the beach with their lively Jack Russell. Shirley plays several instruments and is assistant director of a local choir.

For more information about her writing, visit her writing website at www.shirleycorder.com. If you or a loved one is at any stage of the cancer journey, please visit her cancer website, http://riseandsoar.com, for inspiration and encouragement.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 21, 2012
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Every pithy and compassionate meditation contains both encouragement and empathy that is sure to minister strength to those walking the rocky road of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Shirley Corder has walked that road and emerged changed but stronger. She knows whereof she speaks from both the medical side and the patient side. If you or someone you love is fighting the cancer battle, get them this book! I believe the gift will prove to be among the greatest acts of kindness you can do for them. I intend to obtain multiple copies and pass them out, not only to those dealing with breast cancer, but any kind of cancer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judith Robl on September 22, 2012
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From ants to eagles, nothing escapes the author's attention in this transparent spiritual diary through the valley. Her honesty and spiritual depth will encourage the reader, no matter the trial at hand. While the details focus on breast cancer and that particular journey, many of the meditations are pertinent to people going through other trials.

The scriptures she cited are the ones I fell back on after the tragic loss of three grandchildren. They are places I seek solace and comfort when trying to comfort the surviving mother who nearly died at the same time. And the search for meaning that we need to leave in the hands of God is the same for every trial in the believer's life.

I have no concept of how one gets through the trials of life without a faith in God. This book, Strength Renewed, gives the reader a means of establishing that relationship.

While specific to breast cancer and by extension to other cancer survivors, this book should not be neglected by anyone seeking to deepen a relationship with God. It is, perhaps, one of the reasons God allowed the author to go through this valley.

Well written, honest, and spiritually sound, I will be recommending this book and giving it to others.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Geni J. White on September 21, 2012
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Strength Renewed contains ninety short (two pages each) thoughts about surviving the journey through the valley of cancer. What author Shirley Corder learned during her experiences will help others. She relates major as well as small problems that impacted her life during treatment and recovery.

Strength Renewed will encourage those battling cancers of any kind and also family members and friends. Shirl speaks with truth, concern and honesty in this easily read book.

The meditations about the emotional impact of cancer on patients is especially helpful. Probably every patient has unexpected, conflicting feelings. They and the family need to know that's part of the often overwhelming process.

I met Shirley Corder of South Africa years ago in Maryland and was attracted by her effervescent, caring personality. As fellow writers and RN's, cancer survivors and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we both understand the roller coaster of cancer. We experienced, through the ups and downs, help from God that made the trip endurable and worth while. You can know that, also. Let Shirley Corder's insights in Strength Renewed help you.

If you don't know anyone with cancer, you likely will sometime in the future. This book is a valuable resource for families, patients, medical personnel, care-givers and spiritual advisors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 28, 2012
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Strength Renewed is true to its title. Each meditation provides context within Shirley's life and what the Lord was teaching her. One feels they're getting to know Shirley by her easy-to-relate-to raw testimonies of the joys and agonies, ups and downs of her cancer diagnosis and treatment. Her transparency is refreshing.

Throughout the book she provides three thought provoking questions to help readers personally apply the meditations. She allows people to become part of her story, as if standing beside them with welcoming arms. The questions are presented in a sharing format, with her vulnerability inviting the reader's own in answering and knowing someone understands.

Short Scripture verses provide thoughts to cling to throughout the day, the perfect length to remember and use for encouragement.

This is an excellent book, written with compassion, compelling the reader to enter into their own personal story, and convicting them of the trap of invulnerability (a difficult facade to maintain throughout the journey.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Corallie Buchanan on April 28, 2013
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I was pleasantly suprised by this book. Around the time I received my kindle copy for review purposes, a very crucial member of our church leadership was losing her battle with cancer. Our church had journeyed with her for many years as she fought the battle for cancer on and off. I never had any idea just what was going on in the mind and heart of a cancer sufferer. That was until I read this book.

Never before have I seen a book so open and honest, and frankly quite BLUNT about the trauma of cancer. Even though I have never suffered from cancer, I actually got a lot out of it. Each small devotion centres around walking with the reader through the grief process that often comes with discovering one has cancer. Each devotion is not only real, but backed up with encouragements from Scripture.

"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

Corder says,

"When I received my diagnosis of cancer, I didn't know anything about eagles. I wanted to renew my strength, but how do you wait on anyone, even the Lord, when you're told you have cancer?

Over the following months, I learned much about eagles and even more about myself. I'm not naturally patient, but the eagle is, and so is the Lord. Gradually, I learned what it meant to wait on him, and each time I did, he renewed my strength."

Strength Renewed contains ninety meditations based on lessons I learned during my journey in the cancer valley.
The author points to the fact that while people have survived cancer without God, it is not preferable. Cancer has not caused her to doubt God.
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