Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”

This expresses my heart, and I believe the hearts of the other women who generously opened up their lives within these pages. Although we may not know you yet, I think if all of us could sit down (perhaps for a cup of hot mint tea or even a bowl of soup), we would find that our battles are very similar. I’m convinced we would quickly become endeared to each other. Read more...

Chapter 1

I paused at the front door and took a deep breath. The usually quiet stretch of street in front of the small brick home I grew up in was filled with cars. I pushed open the front door and walked into a living room full of people both young and old. Upon my entrance, everyone seemed to simultaneously breathe in, looking at me solemnly. Some I knew; others were complete strangers to me. The whole scene seemed surreal, like time was playing some sort of cruel trick on me. My mother came rushing over. She flung her arms around my neck and started sobbing into my shoulder as everyone looked on. Read more...

Pages 290-297

Little did I know in dealing with Terri’s death that God was preparing me for a personal crisis still ahead. Not even a full year after her death, I received the phone call from my sister inVirginia that Mom had been diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer. Through my mother’s short-lived battle with cancer, I learned firsthand about God’s unending love in the face of death. Read more...

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