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Chatting about kindness…

The Kindness Challenge Week 6 focus:
Think about who inspires you to be kinder?
This is my Tuesday Chatter, too.

There are many in my life who are kind but there are three women who truly inspire me
to be kinder because they are examples of kindness in action.
I have seen and heard of their loving kindness in action countless times.
Often I am the recipient of their love and kindness.
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These women have servant’s hearts.
They see a need and they do what they can to meet it.
When asked for help they are ready and willing to give in any way they can.
Most often they help without being asked.
They just show up when and where there is a need.
They serve people they know well and people who are strangers.

Each one of these women came into my life at a different time.
They came with gifts to share; gifts I needed at that time.
They inspire me to become more of a servant, more loving, and kinder.
To have one such friend is a blessing to have three is a miracle of blessings!

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Friday, hope for survivors…

Black Cat Book Review

50 Days of Hope by Lynn Eib

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.