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DEAR DEB by Margaret Terry

DEAR DEB

A Woman with Cancer, a Friend with Secrets, and the Letters that Became Their Miracle

By Margaret Terry

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1400204373
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

An emotionally charged friendship shared epistolary-style.

Faith in God and the belief in miracles are the underlying themes in the letters debut author Terry wrote to her dying friend, Deb. Although terminally ill, Deb believed she would experience a miracle and lived her life as if she had all the time in the world. Unable to fully comprehend this perspective, Terry did the next best thing and faced her own fears. A bond that normally could have taken years to create was quickly built between the two women through the dozens of letters Terry sent as she delved deeply into her own world. As her condition grew worse, Terry’s words became the one thing Deb looked forward to on a daily basis. Terry wrote about her estranged father, her unexpected divorce and her mother's mental illness. However, in thinking about her own past, she also rediscovered the many joys in her life, including her favorite moments with her sons. Through her writing and Deb's continued conviction that a miracle would take place, Terry reconnected with her own faith in God. She joined a church and realized her life was full of small miracles. Although occasional leaps in time can be a bit confusing and some of the more grim aspects of her story are only partially addressed, the overall effect of these letters is that of faith, hope and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Moving stories of one woman's life that renewed her faith in friendship and in God.