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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736924280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736924283
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cecil Murphey is an international speaker and bestselling author who has written more than 100 books, including New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper). Cecil has served as a pastor and hospital chaplain for many years, and through his ministry and books such as When Someone You Love Has Cancer, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, and When Someone You Love No Longer Remembers, he has encouraged thousands.

Michal Sparks' artwork can be found throughout the home-furnishings industry in textiles, gift items, dinnerware, and more. She is the artist for Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, When Someone you Love Has Cancer and A Simple Gift of Comfort. She and her family live in New Jersey.

More About the Author

Hello! My name is Cecil Murphey, but everyone just calls me 'Cec.'

I've written dozens of books on a variety of topics with an emphasis on Spiritual Growth, Christian Living, Caregiving, and Recovery. In these books, I share my personal experiences as I strive to be closer to God and to seek his will for me.

My passion is to stimulate people's minds and nourish their souls. Since 1984, I've used my writing to help me accomplish those goals. My first book came off the press in 1975. To date I've published more than 135 books and hundreds of articles.

When I write, I have the opportunity to share my faith and my spiritual growth with others. My nonfiction books are based on my personal experiences, experiences that have been enhanced and developed by meeting people just like you.

As a ghostwriter, I sometimes take other people's materials and write books for them. Some carried my name and others did not. (Ghostwriters are often noted with the word 'with' below the author's name.) Why do I ghostwrite? It's rewarding for me to help others tell their stories of inspiration and growth. For example, when I see and hear from readers of 90 Minutes in Heaven and they describe the peace they now have after losing a loved one, I'm gratified to be a part of telling that story.

I've had the opportunity to be a caregiver and work with a number of other caregivers for their loved ones. It's a difficult, but rewarding commitment. When you're dealing with challenges of Alzheimer's Disease, depression, or substance abuse in your family, it can be a time that stretches you personally and tries your faith.

Stop by my web site. Drop me an e-mail. I'd love to hear from you.

Customer Reviews

Michal Sparks' watercolor illustrations are beautiful.
Lucy Mcguire
An appendix offers guidance and practical advice for caregivers.
Christine M. Irvin
Many books written about cancer are written for the patients.
Donna J. Shepherd

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vonda Skelton on October 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In the past few months, my sister has died of cancer, my mother has been diagnosed with cancer, and I've had several friends develop cancer. I've gone without sleep, changed adult diapers, and done CPR on my mother. It's been a hard year. Cecil Murphey's book was a gift, given to me at just the right time. It was encouraging to see my feelings verbalized and validated. And even though I knew it in my heart, this book confirmed that I'm not alone. Thank you, Cecil Murphey. Your book truly was a comfort and encouragement to a tired, struggling caregiver.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donna J. Shepherd on August 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Many books written about cancer are written for the patients. When Someone You Love Has Cancer is written for those whose loved ones have been diagnosed with cancer. What do you do? What do you say? What don't you say? Cecil Murphey, in his own straightforward style addresses all these questions. As someone who has had a loved one battle cancer, he knows all too well that these and many more questions will need to be answered. He takes the reader through the journey with grace, kindness, prayer, and loving advice. An Appendix lists practical things you can do to help those diagnosed with cancer.

When Someone You Love Has Cancer is a beautifully packaged gift book with watercolor illustrations by Michael Sparks. Pastors, this would make a wonderful addition to your library. Are you a caregiver? Read this book to better know what the family goes through. If you know of a person who has just been diagnosed with cancer, run - buy this book for the family and friends.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on July 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When Someone You Love Has Cancer by Cecil Murphey couldn't have come at a better time for me. Three days before I received the email about this book, I got word that my uncle's cancer had come back. As someone who is living this right now, this book is perfect. It's short and an incredibly easy read, perfect for anyone who's facing the horrible news but doesn't want to spend hours paging through a book filled with statistics and dry advice. Murphey's book has short anecdotes with down to earth wisdom for the family and friends of cancer sufferers. Some of the advice may seem like common sense, but when your life is turned upside down, common sense is remarkably rare. Each chapter ends with a short prayer for understanding and strength. The most important advice given is for caregivers to just listen and be present for those facing cancer, something that I needed to hear. This book offers hope in the midst of a frightening time. Now that I've finished reading it, I will be passing it on to my mom, and I'm sure that she will pass it on as well. It's that kind of book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gotta Tell Somebody on July 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read a report from the World Health Organization that by the year 2010 cancer would be the number one killer worldwide. That's a lot of people, but the number of people who love and care for those with cancer is far greater. Cecil Murphey understands how loved ones suffer; he writes this book from personal and professional experience.

When Someone You Love Has Cancer is beautifully done. The watercolor illustrations bring a sense of comfort and peace. The writing is warm and heartfelt.

Many gift books are full of fluff, but this book offers inspiration, encouragement, guidance, and honest answers. The appendix at the back of the book gives a list of practical things you can do to help those diagnosed with cancer.

I think churches and hospital chaplains and hospices and support groups and oncologists and anyone who knows or works with people with cancer should stock up on this book and give it to loved ones and caregivers. It's a gift that will make a difference.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Irvin on February 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately, almost everyone knows at least one person who has cancer. It's one of those things that touch everyone's life in some way. And, those who must deal with it each day after day know first-hand what a struggle it is. Cecil Murphey's wife was diagnosed with cancer. As he says, "I couldn't make her better or take away the diagnosis. I felt powerless and empty. I did for her the only thing I could - and I did it for me as well - I prayed."

Murphey gives us personal insight into the world of cancer patients. His book is divided into chapters, each dealing with some aspect of life with cancer. And, each has a short prayer that relates to the subject matter of the chapter text. An appendix offers guidance and practical advice for caregivers. Well-known watercolor artist Michal Sparks' paintings add visual appeal to the text.

This is a must-have for spouses, care-givers and friends of cancer patients. 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suzie Eller on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I remember when I found out I had cancer. Immediately I had a support group around me, and around my children and family. Yet I also remember how helpless my husband felt as he shouldered the responsibility, the caregiving, and the weight of my diagnosis. He had to be strong, and yet his world had been shaken as well. This would have been a great source of strength on our journey through cancer. This book deals with the differing aspects of what you and your loved one go through in a gentle, truthful, and practical manner. If you know of someone whose loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, this is a great gift to place in their "I love you" basket.
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