BOOK REVIEW OF THE WEEK: Letters from the Land of Cancer by Walter Wangerin

It’s amazing to me the since of suspense and anticipation I could have from a series of letters.  Letters from the Land of Cancer is a collection of letters Walter Wangerin wrote after his diagnosis of metastatic lung cancer.  He takes you into the world of reacting to your loved ones reactions, and the frustrations of our bodies not doing what they’re suppose to do and the sense of adventure that God is going with him to a new place- first cancer then heaven.

The first thing that you must know is that Wangerin writes beautifully.  His letters are as rich with metaphors as his books so the letters are a joy to read.  The second thing is that he is extremely honest and therefore at times raw about facing his immortality.  This is not a cancer book that says” battle on and it will be OK.”  It’s a book that says ” it will be OK…that’s all.”  The last section of his book he writes about his peace on this adventure in cancer comes from knowing Jesus will call his name.  That part alone is worth reading the book. It’s beautiful and most importantly true.

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About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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