When she was young, life was wide open with soft curves, sweet breezes, and promise. Now she was an old woman and life was small and hard with cold winds, loneliness, and hope. All she had to do was to hold on to the hope, keep going forward to the light, and soon the promise would be hers to keep forever.
Lynn Eib is not only an author, she is a wife and mother, patient advocate in an oncology office, the facilitator of a Cancer Prayer Support Group she started in 1991, and a cancer survivor. In this small book she offers emotional and spiritual support, encouragement, and hope to newly diagnosed cancer patients and the family and friends who care for them.
As cancer and its treatments often cause physical bodies to become weakened it can also weaken the spirit. Supplements may be needed to supply nourishment for the body and inspiring words from people who have “been there done that” can shore up sagging spirits.
The daily readings are short, often humorous, offering God’s encouragement through inspiring stories of real people living with cancer. Eib shares stories of her own journey with cancer and the journeys of other cancer survivors; a cancer survivor is anyone with cancer, from day of diagnosis and for the rest of his/her life. Each day there is a story of a survivor, their family or friends, most days a scripture, and always a prayer.
At the back of the book there is a section with scripture references about things like fear, worry, peace. It is not an exhaustive reference but it is encouraging and helpful in finding comfort.
Though this is written specifically for cancer survivors and those who love them it could certainly be helpful to someone facing a difficult diagnosis of any kind. The book is small and has an attractive green leather-like cover and is comfortable in the hand. The only down-side is the print is small and the ink green. It was not difficult for me to read but might be for someone with any vision impairment.
50 Days Of Hope would be a thoughtful gift not only for cancer survivors but for anyone with a serious or chronic health challenge.
This book was sent to me by Tyndale House Publishers at no charge in exchange for this review.