Item description for Awake, O Sleeper: How I Rediscovered God Through Breast Cancer by Katherine Murphy & Antoinette Bosco...
Overview Awake, O Sleeper is an inspiring, positive, and encouraging, first-person story of breast cancer and religious reawakening for women. From the darkness of breast cancer, through the loss of hair that strips away former identities, the author discovers the hidden treasures of knowing God in a personal way, of establishing new priorities, and of experiencing life afterward transformed. More than 200,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. Awake, O Sleeper was written to be shared first with the breast cancer patient. Secondly, it makes an excellent gift for the wife, sister, friend, or relative of a breast cancer patient, to help understand what that person is going through. And really, any person facing cancer or another serious illness who is seeking renewed spirituality in his/her life will be inspired from Katherine Murphy's story. Readers will discover that cancer is a catalyst for change--a change that brings renewed spiritual vitality and renewed faith in God and hope.
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Studio: Suncreek Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 6.56" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher Suncreek Books
ISBN 1932057056 ISBN13 9781932057058
Reviews - What do customers think about Awake, O Sleeper: How I Rediscovered God Through Breast Cancer?
A must-read for women of all ages! May 17, 2004
Awake, O Sleeper is not a book just for women with breast cancer. Women of all ages need to read this book. If we ourselves have not experienced breast cancer, someone we know and love will. Awake, O Sleeper is an honest portrayal of the fear one experiences at finding they have a frightening disease, yet it is also a story of hope found only in one place--God. I highly recommend Awake, O Sleeper!
Help for the Struggle Apr 21, 2004
Some people tell a story so you can hear it; Katherine Murphy tells a story so you can live it. Awake, O Sleeper ushered me into Murphy's soul in the first few pages. Not only did Murphy take me through her personal cancer walk, she also skillfully opened windows into the lives of her husband, children, and friends. Cancer wraps tentacles around the victim as well as bystanders. It takes courage to survive; it takes God to give it meaning.
Katherine Murphy lost many dreams with the nightmare of cancer but awoke with the vision of God in her circumstance, and the reality has never dimmed. As she vividly described the loss of physical strength and appearance, Murphy discovered a true identity and inner beauty. Seasons of the year come and go just as our existence depicts the same cycle; however, Katherine Murphy views life as "a world of borrowed time." She seizes each opportunity as a gift. Awake, O Sleeper is her gift to us.
Awake, O Sleeper is an honest exploration of the hatred and blessing of cancer. Katherine Murphy has chosen to buoy others with her own life jacket. I am pleased to recommend a book that will speak for a very long time.
Awake O Sleeper Feb 11, 2004
When Katherine Murphy discovered she had breast cancer and then that it had progressed to stage two, her life was forever changed. In her book she relives the diagnosis and the battle that followed. She was determined that she would fight and win. Fear was the biggest enemy - that she might lose her life and leave her two sons and husband. When she renewed her commitment to God, these fears were not over but there was a new peace and she could go where God would lead. This is a great read for those with cancer and who have close ones struggling with the disease. There can be victory even in the darkest times.
A must read of anyone struggling with illness Jan 28, 2004
Awake, O Sleeper offers a touching and honest look at the pain of breast cancer and the hope God offers as we take His hand for the journey.
With transparent candor Katherine Murphy expresses deep emotion through her diagnosis and treatment. The reality of her struggles, questions and fears will resonate as we grapple with her for answers. Her insights touch heart and soul as she shares her growing awareness of God's presence in the midst of a painful and frightening time.
We all know women touched by this disease. Katherine's honest journey will offer peace as they see themselves in the mirror, truly loved and cared for by the Shepherd of our souls.
A Search for Healing and Truth Jan 21, 2004
AWAKE, O SLEEPER is more than Katherine Murphy's story of her battle with breast cancer. It is also an account of her spiritual journey toward an intimate relationship with God. Although raised in the church, it was only after her cancer diagnosis that she began to read and understand the Bible. The book's title is from a Scripture verse, Ephesians 5:14: "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."
It's obvious that AWAKE, O SLEEPER is written from the heart. Murphy is honest about her fears, the effects of her disease on family relationships, her doubts, and her search for truth. Several of Murphy's poems from her diary are included and they add to the open and vulnerable style of her writing. The author's descriptive passages and use of word images provided interesting and easy reading.
Murphy's story is a testimony of God's faithfulness and grace. She was strengthened through her battle with cancer, saw good arise from bad circumstances, and discovered the true meaning of life.
AWAKE, O SLEEPER will be helpful and encouraging for anyone struggling with cancer or other life-threatening diseases. Murphy provides hope by sharing her own experience and her faith in a loving God.