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When Someone You Love Has Cancer
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Release Date: January 2009
Page Count: 64
Size: 6 x 6
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-7369-2428-3
Case Lot Quantity: 60

When Someone You Love Has Cancer

Comfort and Encouragement for Caregivers and Loved Ones

When you’re caring for someone with cancer, it’s difficult to know how to truly be there and how best to respond to the unexpected twists and turns that accompany a devastating diagnosis. This comforting book inspires caregivers to seek peace and understanding in their loved one’s situation, learn the importance of active listening, and explore their own feelings of confusion and unrest.

Beloved watercolor artist Michal Sparks’ soothing paintings combine with practical helps and honest “I’ve been there” admissions from bestselling author and longtime pastor Cecil Murphey that detail handling both the physical and emotional challenges of illness. Caregivers will learn how best to handle anxiety and apprehension, answer questions honestly and with love, deal with their own emotions of exhaustion and helplessness, and bring hidden feelings to the surface.

This much-needed book uniquely combines practical ways to help a friend and family member deal with a devastating disease and spirit-lifting thoughts for celebrating the gift of life in the midst of troubles.

Meet the authors

Cecil Murphey

Cecil Murphey

Cecil Murphey is an international speaker and bestselling author who has written more than 100 books, including New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper). Cecil has served as a pastor and hospital chaplain for many years, and through his ministry and books such as When Someone You Love Has Cancer, Words of Comfort...

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Michal Sparks

Michal Sparks

Michal Sparks’ artwork can be found throughout the home-furnishings industry in textiles, gift items, dinnerware, and more. She is the artist for Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, When Someone you Love Has Cancer and A Simple Gift of Comfort. Connect with Michal at www.michalsparks.com.

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Editorial Reviews

“His book would be a great gift to anyone suddenly thrust into the role of supporting a loved one with cancer.”
Appendix Cancer Survivor’s Blog

“I knew it would be personal. Personal, not because Mr. Murphey is telling his own story, but because the writing has the tone of a friend’s letter. Not just any friend, a friend who is walking the road with you, a shared experience…

“Every hospice, oncologist, and church should have this book available for family members. Although it is Christian at its core, the words are for everyone, including professional caregivers.”

“This small book covers numerous topics such as guilt, frustration, etc. and has a guide in the back for practical things you can do with someone diagnosed with cancer. It offers some wise words in what NOT to say, and gives you some pointers before you get involved. What I liked best about this book was that it didn't simply tell you to keep smiling. It offers practical, realistic advice that is usable.”

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“This book, while small, is an invaluable resource because when there is a diagnosis of cancer it affects the patient and everyone around them. I’d give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.”

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“My copy of When Someone You Love Has Cancer arrived this morning and I immediately sat down and read it from cover to cover. I believe this small book will be a blessing to many who have loved ones suffering from cancer. My wife’s sister has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I know Cecil’s words will be helpful both to my wife and others in the family.

“I especially appreciated the short prayers at the end of each chapter and the helpful and very practical hints in the appendix.

“Thank you, Cec, for writing and thank you, Harvest House Publishers, for making this book available to people who need comfort and encouragement.”
John R. Burbank

“Thank you for the privilege of reading When Someone You Love Has Cancer. As a breast cancer survivor, I found that Cecil Murphey wrote truthfully about the feelings that cancer patients experience. His advice to caregivers to be a listener is priceless. One of my most important needs was for someone to just listen to me and allow me to share all of my feelings without fear of rejection, judgment or criticism. In addition, the power of physical presence was so necessary in order for me to know that I was not alone. That physical presence translated into God’s presence for me.

“The prayers are beautiful.

“The chapter, When She Can Still Smell the Flowers, is delightful. It is a wonderful reminder to all of us to share our love and appreciation to others while they can savor the moments and the memories.

“The appendix offers extremely helpful and very practical tips for caregivers. This book is easy to read and a great resource. I recommend it to all caregivers who have a loved one facing any kind of life altering disease or challenge.”
Karen Schlender

“Cec Murphey's well-written book addresses cancer in a personal, practical way. The appendix offers guidance for caregivers and explains what to avoid doing and saying as well as what is appreciated.

“Michal Sparks' watercolor illustrations are beautiful. The book is more than an quick-read. It even feels good to the touch, because the paper quality makes page-handling enjoyable. I highly recommend this book to everyone.”
Lucy McGuire

“Being a breast cancer survivor, I find When Someone You Love Has Cancer very much true to the case stories in the book. I was impressed that regardless of any diagnosis that there were some helpful suggestions listed in the book”
Vicki G. Castleberry, 39 years breast cancer survivor

When Someone You Love Has Cancer has timeless words of comfort and support. Inspiration that can be turned to again and again when the going gets rough. For me it has reminded me of times and people I don’t want to forget. While at the same time giving me the means to help those in my life currently going through this time of trial.

“This book is a wonderful addition to Cec’s Caregiver series.”
Virginia Garberding, RN, director of education, The Wealshire

“Cec Murphey is not a man prone to self-pity, but one who always looks for God's sustaining presence in life's most challenging moments. In When Someone You Love Has Cancer, Cec's pastoral sensitivity is paired with the often unseen emotions that come from his own experience of having loved ones who've battled cancer. The personal vignettes, the comforting prayers, and the lovely illustrations by Michal Sparks combine to offer the gift of serenity for those in the midst of pain and uncertainty.”
Rev. Suzy Cothran, pastor at Wythe Presbyterian Church in Hampton, VA

“The beautiful book, When Someone You Love Has Cancer, by Cecil Murphey, is a “must” read book for anyone who has a loved one with cancer. As a cancer survivor, I wish my family and friends had a copy when I was in the midst of dealing with cancer. The book is helpful and beautiful.
—Pastor Carolyn A. Driver

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