Item description for Fear Not!: Learning from Your Cancer by Judy Gattis Smith...
Overview Judy Gattis Smith takes on an important and difficult topic - a faithful, yet emotionally authentic response to cancer. In Fear Not! she offers a biblically grounded exploration of how one's response to cancer is part of one's faith journey. She shows how the crisis offers challenges and opportunities that through God's grace can transform survivors in deeply healing ways. The participants' workbook plus a leader's guide for facilitating the weekly group meeting. Throughout both, Gattis sustains an intimate, sensitive tone which invites personal reflection and growth. Using storytelling, drawing, meditations, imagery, and Bible passages, she encourages participants to name the many difficult aspects of life with cancer. Then she helps them develop practices that help foster faith and healing. These include using positive memories; choosing perspectives and coping skills; finding ways to approach illness with endurance, courage, and even humor; and discerning patterns in response that are shaping the larger pattern of one's life journey. Excerpts from the poetry and journals of cancer survivors emphasize the real-life struggle to find wholeness and meaning in illness. Gattis' work is a gift and an inspiration.
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Studio: Discipleship Resources
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 7.2" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 088177538X ISBN13 9780881775389
Availability 0 units.
More About Judy Gattis Smith
Judy Gattis Smith is the author of more than a dozen books, including Teaching to Wonder, Planting Spiritual Seeds, and Developing a Child's Spiritual Growth through the Senses (Abingdon). She has also written three books for grandmothers, and she is a regular contributor to Episcopal Teacher magazine. Smith has led more than 200 workshops and seminars, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences throughout the United States.
Reviews - What do customers think about Fear Not: Learning from Your Cancer?
Lovely little book Dec 25, 2008
This lovely hands-on guide to dealing with a diagnosis of cancer can be used either individually as a workbook or as a roadmap for group discussion. Beautifully written and practical, it is easily accessible to all. Lessons are offered as short bits of wisdom the author calls "Lifelines" -followed by concrete discussions, specific examples, and suggestions for active personal exploration.
The lessons of this book help the reader to dig deep and tap into the strength of the deepest reaches of the soul. It gently guides the reader to explore places of inner stillness to find comfort. Its compassionate voice guides us to deeply confront the challenges of a cancer diagnosis and find grace, hope, and healing in the face of life's most profound challenge. The cancer survivor, whether newly diagnosed or a long term survivor, can find in this book a source of courage and a gentle companion in the search for meaning in life under profoundly changed circumstances.
A gift for cancer patients and survivors Oct 29, 2008
Judy Gattis Smith fills her book with both straightforward, practical suggestions and inspiring insight, a remarkable combination! With a voice that is both kind and knowledgeable, she provides clear steps & exercises for anyone faced with a cancer diagnosis. In a manner that I found unique among books of this ilk, the author gently but persuasively encourages the reader to dig deep and find meaning and hidden beauty in cancer. I found the "lifelines" throughout the book helpful, and I especially appreciated her ability to find exactly the right passages of scripture. The reflections of other survivors were compelling and added so much to the message. There are a few special things that I will take away from reading this book: "Whatever we pay attention to will grow." I think this is the most important message, and her guidance in helping patients be intentional and focused on potential sources of inspiration was truly valuable to me. She also does a wonderful job of helping readers work through finding positive images and metaphors. And, one suggestion she offers to help you quiet yourself is to color a mandala. Now when someone I know is diagnosed, I plan to give them a mandala coloring book, a box of colored pencils, and a copy of this book!
I used this book on my own, but the leader's guide in the book would make this an excellent tool for a small group.
When I had cancer, I found that I slowed down and eliminated all the nonessentials. What a wonderful opportunity to really think and feel and reflect and get closer to God. This book is the perfect accessory to take along on that journey. Thank you, Judy.