Item description for Lessons from the School of Suffering: A Young Priest With Cancer Teaches Us How to Live by Jim Willig, Tammy Bundy & J. Michael Sparough...
Overview The lessons that can be learned from suffering are many and can transform lives. Willig shares his story of being diagnosed in his late 40's with terminal renal cancer and the consequences of living with cancer and undergoing various treatments, all of which have not stemmed the disease.
Publishers Description Suffering is no guarantee of holiness. Many times it can be an invaluable teacher; other times it can crush a person into self-pity. But the lessons to be learned from suffering are many and, if we learn these lessons well, they can transform our lives, according to a young priest suffering from renal cancer. In Lessons From the School of Suffering, Father Jim Willig shares his story of being diagnosed in his late 40's with terminal renal cancer and the consequences of living with cancer and undergoing various treatments, none of which have stemmed the disease. Willig, a beloved pastor and inspiring preacher, felt called to share the lessons he has learned from the great pain associated with having cancer.
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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.55" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2001
Publisher Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN 0867164557 ISBN13 9780867164558
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More About Jim Willig, Tammy Bundy & J. Michael Sparough
REV. JIM WILLIG is pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Cincinnati. He earned master s degrees in Sacred Scripture from Mount St. Mary s Seminary in Cincinnati and in spirituality from the University of San Francisco. TAMMY BUNDY is the author of several inspirational books. She received a B.S. in English education from Ohio State University. She writes a weekly column for The Cincinnati Post and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and four children."
Reviews - What do customers think about Lessons from the School of Suffering: A Young Priest With Cancer Teaches Us How to Live?
LESSONS FOR US ALL Oct 6, 2006
I found this little book at Milford Spirituality Center near Cincinnati. It was the only book, except for the Bible, which was left in every retreatant's room -- a very good recommendation. It lets us follow Fr. Jim Willig, a much loved local priest, from his first diagnosis of renal cell cancer until his death. A man of faith and prayer, honesty and humor, love and profound humanity, he offers us the privilege of sharing his final thoughts and feelings. In each chapter he focuses briefly on some aspect of his journey and lists like a good teacher the lessons learned and assignments to be done. It is a quick read, very moving and worth re-reading, and the lessons are not just for those who are suffering and dying, but for all of us.
Fr. Jim's Life Changing Words Aug 26, 2001
Lessons from the School of Suffering is written for a person with a heart that seeks God. Fr. Jim passionately and honestly expresses all of his feelings about his illness, his human condition with its doubts, fears, and struggles. Then he shares prayers that lead to spiritual growth, words for ALL people, not only those with life threatening illness.This is a book with humor amid the pain.It's inspiring!!
Lessons from real life from a real person Jul 20, 2001
In telling his story, Jim Willig demonstrates incredible strength and human weakness. It is heartening in a sense to see a man of such incredible faith struggle with his own mortality; It makes one feel better about the doubts we struggle with. Jim teaches us that in the end, all we have is faith (I don't know what the future is, but I know Who the future is). He lived an example of acceptance that we can all learn from. God bless Jim Willig. May his example lead us in our daily acceptance of what life gives us!
A powerful and moving book. Jul 18, 2001
Fr. Jim Willig is my brother. His cancer not only had a profound effect on his life and our family but on the many thousands of people who searching for Jesus. This book is a close up look at what he thought and went through. Nothing happens without a purpose. Those who are suffering with cancer or other tragedies will be conforted by Jim's book, there is a reason and purpose to life. It all holds meaning. Those that God holds dearest are the very ones often given the most difficult path.
Jim passed away on June 24, 2001 surrounded by our family and frineds in what I call a very holy moment. There is no doubt in my mind that this book was inspired. I see the hand of God in all this writing. May it be a blessing to you. It will no doubt change your life, forever.
A Journey That Will Touch Your Heart, Mind and Soul Forever! Jul 16, 2001
I have had the privilege of hearing Father Jim speak both in person and on audio tapes. I was anxious to read this book as I have been touched by Cancer in my life. My sister died of Brain Cancer at 37 years of age; my brother-in-law died from Liver Cancer at 41 years of age; my father-in-law has Colon Cancer; and I have fought Breast Cancer. As I read it, I got more out of his book than I ever imagined I would. Also, as I read it, I realized how many lives this book could touch not only in my own family, but friends as well: those who have encountered untold pain in any way (mind, body and spirit) and those too, who suffer from incurable diseases. In all honesty, anyone would benefit from reading this wonderful book. My 26 year old daughter read the book along with me at the same time, while we were on vacation. We took turns, because we had only one copy. She has that copy now. My daughter has encountered incredible pain over the years having had scoliosis back surgery (a rod placed along her spine), childbirth twice without drugs and she is pregnant with her 3rd child. After I finished reading it, I bought 10 copies to send to family members and friends. I have kept one copy that will stay with me forever! My husband started reading my copy last night. I know it will touch him deeply when he reads it. It is heartbreaking to tell you that dear Father Jim lost his battle to Cancer, June 24th, the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist, after a courageous journey to the end. During his journey, he never gave up reaching out to others, providing his most thought provoking, "Spiritual Lessons" along the way. His Spirit will always live on in our minds and hearts forever. You will see, his book will be a keeper!!!