Friday, January 4, 2013

Having Faith Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow

Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the most scary things that can happen to you. Ken Mansfield had it happen not once, but twice. For years, he coped with a very rare form of cancer that was finally controlled. Then when things were going well, he was diagnosed with anal cancer. Throughout the ordeals Ken and Connie were able to keep and renew their faith in God. This is a very moving book.

The story is told in alternate paragraphs first by Connie then by Ken. I particularly appreciated Connie's openness. It has to be extremely difficult to watch someone you love suffer. It shakes your faith in the goodness of God, but Connie keeps on fighting and doesn't let it destroy her relationship with God. Ken manages to keep his trust in God throughout the ordeal. It is extremely moving to read his discussions with his maker.

I highly recommend this book to anyone whether you have cancer or someone close to you does. It is also a book about keeping your faith in God through any of the devastating ordeals that can affect you. It's not an easy book to read, but it's worth the effort.

I reviewed this book for the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program.