You’ve just heard a diagnosis that shakes your world: It's cancer. And what you long for most is the hope that everything will be okay. You are not alone. As a longtime cancer survivor, Lynn Eib knows firsthand how that feels. And as a patient advocate helping thousands facing cancer, she also knows what gives people hope. In 50 Days of Hope, Lynn shares amazing, true stories of those who have been in your shoes and discovered that when God and cancer meet, hope is never far away. Whether you’re a cancer patient or walking with a loved one on a cancer journey, you’ll find 50 Days of Hope packed with the daily dose of encouragement you need.
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50 Days of HopeDaily Inspiration for Your Journey through Cancer
By Lynn Eib
TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.Copyright © 2012 Lynn Eib
All right reserved.
Chapter OneDAY 1
Been There, Done That
This is the kind of book I wish I could have read when I was diagnosed with locally advanced colon cancer in 1990. I was only thirty-six, and my daughters were eight, ten, and twelve. My husband's first wife had died from ALS—Lou Gehrig's disease—some twenty years earlier. I desperately needed hope and encouragement.
Don't get me wrong; many people tried to give me that. They said things like, "You'll get through this," or, "It'll be okay." But I wanted to yell back at them, "How do you know? You've never been through this!"
I had the sense that it made them feel better to tell me I was going to be all right, but it didn't do much for me.
The first person to really give me hope was a woman named Pat who came up to me after my first cancer support group meeting at the local hospital, put her arm around me, walked me to my car, and told me I would make it through my chemotherapy.
Do you know why I believed her? Not because she had years of medical training or decades of worldly wisdom. I believed her because she sported a brightly colored scarf on her head, still bald from chemotherapy. I recognized that she knew because she had been there.
Pat was the first cancer survivor I ever knew personally. Now my life is filled with cancer survivors because I've spent the intervening years both as a volunteer cancer support group facilitator and as an employed patient advocate in my oncologist's office.
I have held the hands of thousands of people with cancer, listened to the fears in their hearts, and seen what gave them hope. I know that cancer patients and their caregivers are longing for encouragement as they try to make sense of what might seem like senseless suffering. It is my prayer that this book will bring you that hope.
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I don't know about you, but the words I most longed to hear after my cancer diagnosis were, "Oops, we made a mistake—you don't really have cancer after all!" Obviously, that retraction never came, and I had to face the reality that my nightmare was not going away any time soon.
If I couldn't hear that my cancer diagnosis was a "mistake," the next best thing would have been to meet someone who had been in my situation and survived. I wanted to meet a young mom with Stage 3 colorectal cancer, who had about a 40-percent chance of surviving and did just that. But I didn't know anyone remotely like that at the time.
I now know thousands of cancer survivors, including many young moms and even those with far worse odds than mine who are alive and well. I wish you and I could meet face-to-face and you could tell me your story and I could tell you about someone I know who has walked in your shoes and is doing well. My Cancer Prayer Support Group (which is believed to be the longest-running such faith-based group in the country) has all kinds of amazing survivor stories. In fact, most of the people in my group have been told their cancer is not curable, yet they still are doing well, and many of them are cancer-free years later. We have people surviving melanoma, lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma, as well as adrenal gland, pancreatic, brain, liver, lung, stomach, breast, esophageal, fallopian tube, tonsil, cervical, colorectal, ovarian, peritoneal, prostate, bladder, tongue, thyroid, kidney, and even penile cancer (I didn't even know there was such a thing until I met a fifteen-year survivor!).
Whose story would give you hope?
Jutta, a Stage 3 pancreatic cancer survivor since 1999 and still cancer-free?
Jim, diagnosed with a recurrent brain tumor in 2006, but in complete remission?
Maureen, whose journey with breast cancer showed her that God really heard her prayers?
Anne, a small-cell lung cancer survivor given about a 10-percent chance of cure in 1994 and living cancer-free?
Sandy, diagnosed with incurable ovarian cancer, but beating cancer nonetheless?
I'll share all these true, hope-filled stories and many others throughout this book. It is my prayer that as you read them, you will experience God's peace and power and presence as never before. I pray that you will believe God can be trusted to meet your deepest needs because you can see His faithfulness in these people's lives.
* You can believe their stories because they have been there.
* You can believe me because I have been there.
* You can believe God because He promises He will be there.
I know we probably don't know one another and may never meet, but would you allow me the privilege of praying for you right now? (Just fill in your name as you read.)
Lord, I don't know what will give ________ hope ... but You do. I know that You love ______ very much, and I am asking and believing that You will fill ______'s heart with a confident expectation that in spite of a cancer diagnosis, there is hope. Send Your healing touch wherever it is needed—body, mind, and spirit. Amen.
DAY 2 Sliding on Black Ice
Have you ever been driving down the road when all of a sudden you hit a patch of black ice? If you live in a climate that experiences true winter, you know exactly what I mean.
You're cruising along on bare pavement one minute and sliding down the road the next. You're on black ice—a covering of ice so thin that the dark pavement still shows through. If you apply the brakes, they do nothing to stop your vehicle. Instead, you just keep sliding, maybe even sideways, until you find something bigger than you to stop your slide!
When I was diagnosed with colon cancer, I felt as
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them. Psalm 145:19
The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Psalm 118:6
You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. Proverbs 3:24
God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
I (Paul) am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. Romans 8:38
Waiting More (and Despising it Less)
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. Psalm 38:15, NIV
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5, NIV
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. Psalm 62:5
As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7, NIV
The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. Isaiah 30:18
Since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! Isaiah 64:4
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22, NIV
When Worries Make you sweat the small (and Big) stuff
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. Proverbs 12:25
Refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. Ecclesiastes 11:10
If God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don't worry about these things, saying, "What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?" These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Matthew 6:30-32
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can't accomplish a little thing like that, what's the use of worrying over bigger things? Luke 12:25-26
Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34
Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. Psalm 6:2
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. Psalm 30:2
Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. Psalm 103:2-3
"Lord, help!" they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death. Psalm 107:19-20
Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health. Proverbs 15:30
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength. Proverbs 17:22
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22
Give Peace a Chance
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace. Numbers 6:26
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. Psalm 4:8
I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Psalm 85:8
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. Proverbs 14:30
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3
Because of God's tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. Luke 1:78-79
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33
The apostle paul said:
Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. Romans 8:6
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15
May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
For "whiners" like me and anyone else wanting to cry out to God. Whenever I came to the word enemy or enemies, I substituted cancer because it was my biggest enemy!
O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don't let my enemies gloat, saying, "We have defeated him!" Don't let them rejoice at my downfall. But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me. Psalm 13
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Lord, hear my prayer! Listen to my plea! Don't turn away from me in my time of distress. Bend down to listen, and answer me quickly when I call to you. For my days disappear like smoke, and my bones burn like red-hot coals. My heart is sick, withered like grass, and I have lost my appetite. Because of my groaning, I am reduced to skin and bones.... He broke my strength in midlife, cutting short my days. But I cried to him, "O my God, who lives forever, don't take my life while I am so young! Psalm 102:1-5, 23-24
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Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can't find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me.... Answer my prayers, O Lord, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful. Don't hide from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble! Come and redeem me; free me from my enemies. Psalm 69:1-3, 16-18
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Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God. Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry. I will call to you whenever I'm in trouble, and you will answer me. Psalm 86:1-7
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I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord's mercy. I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me. Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, "You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life." Psalm 142:1-5
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The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord's perfections and meditating in his Temple. Psalm 27:1-4
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I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.
The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:1-6
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I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.
The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. Psalm 121
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Table of Contents
DAY 1 Been There, Done That....................1
DAY 2 Sliding on Black Ice....................5
DAY 3 Happy Endings Only....................9
DAY 4 Feelings vs. Facts....................13
DAY 5 All Shook Up....................17
DAY 6 An Unwelcome Intruder....................21
DAY 7 The Fear Factor....................25
DAY 8 It's a Family Affair....................30
DAY 9 Ticked Off....................34
DAY 10 Cancer, Blah, Blah, Blah....................38
DAY 11 That's Not Fair....................42
DAY 12 David vs. Goliath....................47
DAY 13 Taken by Surprise....................51
DAY 14 Inside a Cancer Storm....................55
DAY 15 Hurry Up and Wait....................59
DAY 16 Defying the Verdict....................63
DAY 17 There's Always Hope....................67
DAY 18 Families Facing Cancer....................71
DAY 19 Unexplainable Peace....................75
DAY 20 Amazing Cancer Patients....................78
DAY 21 Just in Time....................83
DAY 22 Already a Survivor....................87
DAY 23 Laughter Therapy....................91
DAY 24 Strengthening Your Funny Bone....................95
DAY 25 Circle the Wagons....................99
DAY 26 Positively Not Positive....................103
DAY 27 Feeding Your Mind....................108
DAY 28 Hearing from Heaven....................112
DAY 29 Joining Club Paranoia....................116
DAY 30 If God Is So Good ....................120
DAY 31 Eye of the Storm....................123
DAY 32 In Cancer's Shadow....................127
DAY 33 Why Me?....................131
DAY 34 Attitude Adjustment....................135
DAY 35 Worried about Worrying....................140
DAY 36 Surrounded by Hope....................144
DAY 37 Money-Back Guarantees....................148
DAY 38 Trying to Be Thankful....................152
DAY 39 Anyone Can Beat Cancer....................156
DAY 40 Praying without Words....................160
DAY 41 Valley of Trouble....................165
DAY 42 Unexpected Blessings....................169
DAY 43 The Thing with Feathers....................173
DAY 44 Valley of Weeping....................177
DAY 45 The Reason for Cancer....................181
DAY 46 ABCs of Trials....................185
DAY 47 Treasures in Darkness....................189
DAY 48 Everlasting Hope....................193
DAY 49 Waste Not, Want Not....................198
DAY 50 Living Free of Cancer....................202
Waiting More (and Despising It Less)....................209
When Worries Make You Sweat the Small (and Big) Stuff....................211
Give Peace a Chance....................215
About the Author....................231
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ignore the 2 star ratings. If you dont have cancer or arent a caregiver, you wont appreciate the book. I couldnt wait 50 days to read each days stories and read through the book quickly. I am reading it the second time through and will likely read it over and over. An excellent book that provides comfort and understanding to those that are dealing with this storm in their lives.
50 Days of Hope by Lynn Eib Lynn Eib is not only an author, she is a wife and mother, patient advocate in an oncology office, the facilitator of a Cancer Prayer Support Group she started in 1991, and a cancer survivor. In this small book she offers emotional and spiritual support, encouragement, and hope to newly diagnosed cancer patients and the family and friends who care for them. As cancer and its treatments often cause physical bodies to become weakened it can also weaken the spirit. Supplements may be needed to supply nourishment for the body and inspiring words from people who have “been there done that” can shore up sagging spirits. The daily readings are short, often humorous, offering God’s encouragement through inspiring stories of real people living with cancer. Eib shares stories of her own journey with cancer and the journeys of other cancer survivors; a cancer survivor is anyone with cancer, from day of diagnosis and for the rest of his/her life. Each day there is a story of a survivor, their family or friends, most days a scripture, and always a prayer. At the back of the book there is a section with scripture references about things like fear, worry, peace. It is not an exhaustive reference but it is encouraging and helpful in finding comfort. Though this is written specifically for cancer survivors and those who love them it could certainly be helpful to someone facing a difficult diagnosis of any kind. The book is small and has an attractive green leather-like cover and is comfortable in the hand. The only down-side is the print is small and the ink green. It was not difficult for me to read but might be for someone with any vision impairment. 50 Days Of Hope would be a thoughtful gift not only for cancer survivors but for anyone with a serious or chronic health challenge. This book was sent to me by Tyndale House Publishers at no charge in exchange for this review.
"50 Days of Hope" by Lynn Eib is an awesome daily devotional designed for those who have discovered they have cancer (or for those who love cancer patients). What I liked about this book is that it isn't all doom and gloom - I expected the devotionals to be all about cancer and suffering, etc., but the personal stories are lighthearted and inspirational, and from a myriad of different topics. "50 Days of Hope" is a wonderful reminder to anyone struggling with a cancer diagnosis that there is hope, and I think this book would make the perfect gift to someone undergoing cancer treatments, or anyone who loves someone who is. It's so important for anyone going through this type of situation to know that there is hope, and this is the perfect devotional to do that. I highly recommend this book!
Daily inspiration for your journey through cancer by Lynn Eib. This book is very small, it can fit into your purse/pocket for an easy out-of-pocket read. You can read a little bit each day to get you through chemo and the life changing of chemicals roaming through your body. The book delivers in spiritual strength and insight. The real stories mentioned are positive light to inspire hope to you even with a cancer diagnoses. Lynn Eib is a patient advocate and cancer survivor from colon cancer. 50 Days of Hope is writing by her own experiences and offers stories of people who have been and still discovered God through it all. I am not a cancer patient, but my Mawmaw was. I seen with my own eyes what cancer can do, but I do not know the pain or treatment. Eib wants other cancer patients journey to be meaningful, comfortable, and for them to trust in God’s will. She shows how to bring comfort to anyone dealing with cancer diagnosis, even if it is personally, family or a friend. This is a book that I am giving to a former school mates mom, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer not long ago. May she find the book hopeful and receives comfort through her journey. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Media Center. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
The small pocket sized book 50 Days of Hope by Lynn Eib may appear to be yet another simple, spiritually devoid women's devotional, yet it delivers 50 powerful and encouraging messages for those who are inflicted with cancer. This thin, leather-like green pocket sized book gives the appearance of being yet another devotional in a market already saturated with lukewarm, petty women's devotionals. Unexpectedly this book delivers spiritual strength and insight. Using personal anecdotes of her cancer experience, real stories from cancer survivors and scripture- this book offers support for those who need it most. In fact, anyone going through a difficult experience would benefirt from this book. The scripturechoices are relevant. The author, a mom of young children, finds herself diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, despite her healthy lifestyle- which had been a source of pride. In fact, she admits living an easy, happy life up until the cancer diagnosis. She finds herself humbled, angered and shocked by her diagnosis. On a number of occasions, the author illustrates how she took care of her body through diet and excersise- and statistically, should have been "protected" from cancer. This serves to emphasise the point that sometimes things happen that we do not cause. She felt angry and that it was unfair she should take care of her health only to learn she got cancer anyway. She goes through a range of powerful emotions: fear, anger, anxiety, hopelessness and uncertainty. Her entire family is impacted by the diagnosis. Through her journey, she learns to have faith in God, and that just because God is just and fair, it does not mean life always is. Beating and overcomming cancer is not defined by living cancer free for 5 or more years but by how one live's life. Over the course of 50 days, the author shares with the reader short anecdotes and scripture to help cope with the personal, medical, emotional and physical experieces associated with cancer. Each devotional is breif yet spiritually powerful- it gets right to the point. Many of the devotionals are worth while to re-read. The stories featured are positive stories- not grim and gloomy, in order to inspire hope even under the most grim of diagnosises. The end of the book has a brief "reference" area of helpful Psalms and scriptures. During a time when many would find themselevs emotionally and physically drained, this small scale, easy to read book is appropriate, rather than a heavy duty volume. As a blogger for Tyndale publishers I received this book for the purpose of writing a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
This book was given to me to review. It's for cancer patients. I do not have cancer, I hope I never will have cancer, and I hope none of y'all have/ever have it either. On to the review. 2 stars. I wasn't impressed by it, but then again, I don't have/know anyone who has cancer. I feel for people who have cancer, I really do. I wish there was a cure, but there isn't. I recommend this book if you are a cancer patient, or know someone who is. But for those of us who aren't, do not even try. Very short review, huh? Sorry, I'm just not into non-fiction.