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Strength Renewed: Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer Paperback – October 1, 2012
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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."
"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!"
From the Author
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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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.
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.
I received this book from BookFun.org in exchange for a fair and honest review and I am thankful that I had that opportunity to do so. Since receiving my own copy to read, I have bought more copies and given them to others who have received a cancer diagnosis, and the book has been an encouragement to them. I am so glad to have a book that I can personally recommend written by someone who has "been in their shoes".
I like everything about Strength Renewed ~ the short devotionals based on Shirley's experiences, the questions to the reader (food for thought), the prayers at the end of each devotion, the recommended reading list, the list of helpful scriptures, and the ways those who are trying to help and encourage those with cancer really can help ~ things to do and not to do. If you are looking for a book to encourage you through your own journey with cancer, or to give a friend, or to see what it is like for someone with cancer, this book is an excellent choice.
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.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shortly after my breast cancer diagnosis, my aunt gave me a copy of Strength Renewed. I have to confess I have read it more as a survivor's story than using it for daily devotions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KimHarms
When I was diagnosed as having breast cancer a friend of mine connected me with a breast cancer survivor, Rita, she is friends with. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Debora Wilder
The person I bought this for requested 2 more copies so she could loan them to others struggling with breast cancer.Published 15 months ago by Barbara Rose Bishop
Wonderful devotion book I bought as a gift. What I love about it is that it is interactive. Rather than simply reading and studying scripture with the thought of the day there... Read morePublished 18 months ago by sunshinegirls
The words and questions in this devotional have helped me tremendously during my own breast cancer battle. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Andrea Ceballos
Strength Renewed is a book not only for those facing cancer. I'm not in the cancer valley, and I don't know of anyone going through the cancer valley, and yet I've enjoyed Strength... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marion Ueckermann
I read several books on the subject, but Shirley Corder's book is the best one I've read. This book gave me such encouragement and hope as I went through breast cancer treatment. Read morePublished 20 months ago by MarieP
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