A debut Christian guide offers advice to women recovering from breast cancer.
In the introduction to this interactive book, Bonner explains her personal history with breast cancer. She was diagnosed some 17 years ago, and though she has clearly survived her ordeal, she came to realize a number of things about life. She learned to take responsibility for her own health as well as to recognize the importance of journaling and religion. The author covers these and other topics in the pages that follow. She presents seven steps to heal the “body, soul, and spirit”: faith, feelings, family, forgiveness, food, fitness, and fun. In the manual, she attempts to extend her own enthusiasm to readers. The counsel is pointed directly at the “sweet sisters” who have had their own battles with cancer, and readers are prodded frequently to journal about the guide’s contents. These prompts can range from the simple idea of a family (“How do you define family?”) to the complex task of forgiving someone (“Writing it down in your Journal helps get it out, once and for all”). Much of the advice here is practical, as with the chapter on fitness that urges, at the bare minimum, that readers try walking. Throughout the text, the author maintains a tone of positivity and a baseline belief in the importance of God. These two themes are frequently intertwined, as in the quotation of biblical passages like Philippians 4:13: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Even if some of the suggestions are obvious (readers are told in the fitness chapter that “bodies that move are a gift”), Bonner’s words of encouragement are inherently motivational. After all, the book is written by someone who has been through the same trials as the target audience and who is clearly eager to help others. While it is doubtful that every reader will be convinced to eat “the way God intended” (rejecting “packaged food,” which “can make us sick if we eat it frequently”), the sentiment is unquestionably heartfelt. It is such a tone that helps to make the book persuasive and, considering its brevity at under 150 pages, succinct.
While it delivers some familiar tips, this healing manual provides an uplifting experience.