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Disrupted: On Fighting Death and Keeping Faith Paperback – June 15, 2011
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"What is moving and beautiful about this book is not just the elegantly written story of a courageous struggle for life and hope, but also the way that theological wisdom is so naturally woven into the most extreme of life's experiences. The wind of faith blows through every page, moving seemingly as effortlessly as breathing in and breathing out. Julie Anderson Love tells her own story of her battle with brain cancer with amazing candor, profound insight, and unexpected wit, and in the end we not only rejoice in her newfound strength and trust, but also in our own."
--Thomas G. Long
Professor of Preaching
Candler School of Theology
"In Disrupted, Julie Anderson Love breaks the niceness conventions--that code of silence under which pastors live--to tell the poignant, beguiling truth about faith, community, and wholeness. As Love trudges through the shadow of death, we learn about the abundance of life. When she analyzes betrayal, we discover the audacity of love. And when she examines illness, we realize the tenacious act of healing."
--Carol Howard Merritt
Pastor of Western Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
"Disrupted could be called a 'spiritual autobiography,' but I would call it a study in wrestling with angels. Like Jacob of old, Julie Anderson Love does not walk away unscathed, yet she emerges having demanded--and received--profound blessing. Read this book and learn to make your own demands amidst life's struggles--and walk on, blessed for having done so."
author of The Phoenix Affirmations and Asphalt Jesus --Wipf and Stock Publishers
About the Author
Julie Anderson Love grew up in rainy Seattle and loves mountains, evergreens, and a good cup of coffee. She has had one sermon published in the Journal for Pastoral Care, and two narratives published in "Drama Resources." She earned her MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and her M.F.A. from the University of San Francisco. She lives in Marin County with her husband, her daughter, her dog, Corin, and her cat, Monkey.
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But what about when we have an injury that keeps us from returning to a normal life? In Julie's book, "Disrupted", Julie reveals the gradual loss of most of her hearing from chemical treatments to kill a rare brain tumor she had when she was only 30 years old. Julie tells her story with passion, humor, sadness and joy. I did not want to put it down.
"Disrupted" is a remarkable book; it is not a tale of "woe is me", but a sharing of a journey to conquer this tumor in the right way for Julie, and to save her brain so she could share with us in one of the most beautiful, human ways possible- to write. To write down this story and share it is Julie's gift to all of us for we not only learn to understand the pain and frustrations of the hearing impaired and the cancer patient, but we see them through the eyes of a well educated theologian and preacher. Julie's gift of understanding what our faith in God means is profound and yet simply told. It is human and a remarkable testament to the power of believing in ourselves, doctors, the other humans in our lives, an "letting go to God".
Julie Love's decision to "save her brain" regardless of the knowledge of potential hearing loss, and live to write and share her thoughts makes her more alive and special to me than many survivors. It is a gift to us that she has been able to live and write and be herself.
I look forward to Julie's second book as she is a writer! Like her daughter, Julie is funny, deep, silly and smart. I loved her book. I plan to gift it to family and friends this year. Thank you for your gift, Julie! Maybe I will have to write my own story down. You are so encouraging.