Originally published in 2012. Updated in February, 2018
A Book Dream based on an Eagle
One day, several years later, I knew the Lord wanted me to write a book based on my experiences in the Cancer Valley. As I prayed about the possibility, a working title sprang to mind, based on that Scripture verse from Isaiah: Rise and Soar with Over the Cancer Valley as a sub-title. A publisher would likely change it, but for that time the title covered my dream for this book. I prayed that many would one day read it and learn to rise like an eagle above the rigors of cancer. My prayers was that as they spent time reading the book and the corresponding Scriptures, their strength would be renewed.They who wait upon the Lord, even during cancer treatment, shall renew their strength. Click To Tweet
Throughout the next months, I continued to pray for Rise and Soar. I prayed for ideas for the meditations and started to draft them out as I thought of them. Some of the original ideas even got published in devotional markets, using the publications’ own formats. As I prayed about the upcoming book, I grew more and more excited. What would the Lord do to complete the dream? Somehow I knew I would hear from the Lord when the time was right.
I had no idea how I would find a publisher, especially as I live in South Africa, and there were no publishers here that would be interested in that sort of book. However, when I sensed the time had come, I started work in earnest. I began to write the meditations and submit them to my critique group.
Thanks to a series of amazing miracles, I ended up at the Florida Christian Writers Conference in America, where editor Vicki Crumpton of Revell Publishers liked my book, Rise and Soar above the Valley of Cancer.
Revell purchased the book, and over the next two years Vicki helped me format and polish the book. Rise and Soar gained a beautiful cover and went on to become Strength Renewed, Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer. It was published in 2012 and was available in bookstores across the world.
Just last week, I had a Skype call from a nephew living in London, England. He wanted to tell me of a friend who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. “I went straight to Amazon.uk” he said, “and I bought your book. It arrived the next day!” How good to know I was able to encourage this young lady half way across the world to me!
You can still get your copy (in print or e-book) from Amazon.com or any of the other online bookstores.
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