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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    Shirley Corder's Strength Renewed is not just for those who suff

    Shirley Corder's Strength Renewed is not just for those who suffer or have suffered from breast cancer...it is also for those who suffer from depression, anxiety, lethargy, pain, and all other "cancers" in life.

    From page one I found myself uplifted by Shirley's words. Although I have read the passages of Scripture before, I reread them with new understanding and new life. Just as her book provides new life to hope.

    I am listing a few things at the beginning that captured me so thoroughly that I went back and reread that chapter of meditation:

    " Jesus and his disciples came across a man who had been blind all his life. 'Who's to blame for this man's blindness?' the disciples asked Jesus. 'No one," Jesus replied. He explained that God's power would be revealed as a result of the man's disability....
    ...Cancer is finite. God is way bigger." (p.25)

    "...Despite his difficult circumstances, Paul believed that Christ was in control. He believed God could use him even while under house arrest. Instead of lamenting his misfortunes, he continued to encourage others...'Is it possible that I am right where the Lord wants me to be? Does he want to use my circumstances to reach out to others?" (p.27)

    "...Job went through far worse than I did...Throughout that dreadful time, Job saw no sign of God's love and compassion...The tortured man examined his life and searched for where he'd gone wrong...he'd been disobedient at time. He'd questioned God's wisdom and even cursed the day of his birth. Yet he'd attempted to live close to God. After all he went through, Job arrived at the conclusion:'God knows every step I take.' Job only had to believe." (p.38)

    "I read of a family who had a time of prayer based on 2 Chronicles 20:6. One of them prayed, 'Are you not the God in heaven?' Another family member followed with, 'Are you not the God who sealed the mouths of lions and spared Daniel?' Then another added, 'Are you not the God who fed five thousand people with a few small fish and loaves?'" (p.40)

    This one is my favorite for it shows the magnitude of who God is. Something that our puny brains will never truly grasp.

    "...Stephen...walked into the ward...presented me with a small stuffed lion...No one else to comfort me, I pulled him close and tucked him under my cheek. That little lion...gave me something to hang on to." (p.48)

    This last one is poignant. Is not Jesus the Lion of Judah? Is He not who we should hang on to?

    Throughout this book I was met with new ideas, new wondering, and new hope. Shirley Corder was right. God put her where she was needed and used her for His Glory.

    A highly recommended book, one that far surpasses all other meditation books I've encountered, this is something that no one should be without. Have it sit next to your Bible and refer back to it again and again...and have a highlighter and pen to make notes.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    An inspiring book for anyone facing breast cancer, or any other

    An inspiring book for anyone facing breast cancer, or any other health challenge. Ms. Corder includes scripture and interpretation that is helpful and comforting. She goes through the typical stages of grief; has fears; and has times of great joy. It is an easy to read book which I highly recommend.

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    I am not a breast cancer survivor, but I've staggered through ot

    I am not a breast cancer survivor, but I've staggered through other life storms, hanging on by the fingernails, not sure whether I'd survive one more tempest. It is to the storm-tossed that author Shirley Corder's Strength Renewed speaks compellingly, asking familiar heart cries. Are you still there, God? Who did this? Why me? What now? But also offering a lifeline of faith, hope, comfort birthed from the author's own odyssey through the dark valleys and deep pits of breast cancer. Above all the precious reminder that however raging the storm, sanctuary can be found in the cradling, comforting, all-powerful hand of a loving heavenly Father.

    This book is also a great resource for family and friends of those battling cancer--a lot of practical information and tips along with the inspirational. Recommended reading and sweet comfort, whatever your life's weather.

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    II'm always on the lookout for good resources to share with frie

    II'm always on the lookout for good resources to share with friends going through tough times. Shirley Corder's Strength Renewed is the best resource I've found for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

    Shirley doesn't shy away from addressing the pain and fears every cancer patient faces, but her optimistic outlook and gentle humor dominate these devotionals. More importantly, she testifies to God's care and love even while going through the "roller coaster of emotions" that accompanies cancer treatment. In addition, she gives friends and family tips on what to say and what NOT to say to someone with cancer.

    Though I tend to be suspicious of reviews that give nothing but praise, I can't think of anything negative to say about this book. I give it my highest recommendation.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    Highly Recommended - Not Just For Cancer Patients From ants to

    Highly Recommended - Not Just For Cancer Patients

    From ants to eagles, nothing escapes the author's attention in this transparent spiritual diary through the valley. Her honesty and spiritual depth will encourage the reader, no matter the trial at hand. While the details focus on breast cancer and that particular journey, many of the meditations are pertinent to people going through other trials.

    The scriptures she cited are the ones I fell back on after the tragic loss of three grandchildren. They are places I seek solace and comfort when trying to comfort the surviving mother who nearly died at the same time. And the search for meaning that we need to leave in the hands of God is the same for every trial in the believer's life.

    I have no concept of how one gets through the trials of life without a faith in God. This book, Strength Renewed, gives the reader a means of establishing that relationship.

    While specific to breast cancer and by extension to other cancer survivors, this book should not be neglected by anyone seeking to deepen a relationship with God. It is, perhaps, one of the reasons God allowed the author to go through this valley.

    Well written, honest, and spiritually sound, I will be recommending this book and giving it to others

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Encouragement for Cancer Patients, Family, Friends and Care-givers

    Strength Renewed
    Mediations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer
    Shirley Corder ©2012
    Revell division of Baker Books Group
    ISBN 978-8007-2023-0 (pbk)
    197 pp. plus appendices

    Strength Renewed contains ninety short (two pages each) thoughts about surviving the journey through the valley of cancer. What author Shirley Corder learned during her experiences will help others. She relates major as well as small problems that impacted her life during treatment and recovery.

    Strength Renewed will encourage those battling cancers of any kind and also family members and friends. Shirl speaks with truth, concern and honesty in this easily read book.

    The meditations about the emotional impact of cancer on patients are especially helpful. Probably every patient has unexpected, conflicting feelings. They and the family need to know that's part of the often overwhelming process.

    I met Shirley Corder of South Africa years ago in Maryland and was attracted by her effervescent, caring personality. As fellow writers and RN's, cancer survivors and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we both understand the roller coaster of cancer. We experienced, through the ups and downs, help from God that made the trip endurable and worth while. You can know that, also. Let Shirley Corder's insights in Strength Renewed help you.

    If you don't know anyone with cancer, you likely will sometime in the future. This book is a valuable resource for families, patients, medical personnel, care-givers and spiritual advisors.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    Strength Renewed is a book not only for those facing cancer. I'm

    Strength Renewed is a book not only for those facing cancer. I'm not in the cancer valley, and I don't know of anyone going through the cancer valley, and yet I've enjoyed Strength Renewed immensely.
    Shirley's talent and humor shine through her writing.
    The devotions are applicable for any tough situations one may face and the reader merely has to mentally replace the word cancer for their own particular situation.

    No matter what you're going through, Strength Renewed will bless and encourage all who will listen to God speak through the pages of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    My best friends mom

    Had cancer. She is my second mom so i was afraid. She lived. But she has cronic depression. Im scared....~Lonely#$wagg

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    Posted October 21, 2012

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