[This article is an updated repost from my previous blog from March 2009]
Many of our readers know that in the summer of 2006, I was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. I spent about a month in the hospital, went through four rounds of chemotherapy, and found out what it means to fight for my life. By God’s grace and the skill of my doctors and nurses I was given the “all clear” three months later. Thankfully, I am alive to tell about it.
Leukemia is a form of cancer that infects the blood. There is no doubt that cancer is a terrible disease. It has caused the death of millions and nearly everyone knows someone that has been impacted by this malady.
Most people struggle with the idea that the loving God of the Bible could or would allow this type of evil and suffering to exist. Those who have been diagnosed or have watched a loved one suffer from cancer find it difficult to find hope.
I wrote God and Cancer: Finding Hope in the Midst of Life’s Trials to focus on those two issues. The first part of the book takes the reader on a journey through the stages of my own battle with leukemia. In these chapters, I provide biblical and practical advice to help the reader find hope and peace in the midst of the despair, worry, doubt, pain, and frustration that often comes with a cancer battle.
In the second part of the book, I deal with what is commonly called the problem of evil or the problem of suffering. Many people have been led to believe that these things show that God does not exist. On the contrary, in this section, I demonstrate that these things actually support the Bible’s message that a God of love exists who cares deeply for each of us. The Bible supplies the only legitimate explanation for the origin of evil and suffering and it also gives us the only solution.
It is my prayer that God will use this book to help those who are struggling to find hope in this life that is so often filled with difficult situations. God and Cancer is now for sale at our online store and from Amazon.com and other online retailers.