Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: Dear Deb by Margaret Terry

One of my favorite things to do is to share books the work of other authors. I love getting book recommendations, and I love passing them along.   So when Thomas Nelson offered to send me books that might interest me (and you) in exchange for candid reviews, I said, “Sign me up!”

The first book I’m reviewing through this program is Dear Deb:A Woman With Cancer, A Friend With Secrets, and the Letters That Became TheirMiracle by Margaret Terry.  It was not what I expected.  I thought it would be more of a communication between the women, or at least reflections from one side of their relationship considering Deb’s prayer requests and circumstances.  It’s not that.  It’s more of a collection of essays the author shared with Deb in an attempt to build on a friendship and encourage her friend to continue to hope.  I can’t argue with that intent.  The book was just different than what I expected.

In the spirit of celebrating the positive, here is my favorite line from the book:

“Outside church, Deb and I didn’t socialize. We didn’t talk on the phone, meet for coffee, or go to the movies. I’m not sure why this happens in churches. We hug the same people every Sunday for years, we watch their children grow, and we share their trials and joys, yet for some reason we limit our relationship to church friend. Maybe that’s why I decided to join the group to pray for her. She was sick, and I thought she might need a better friend than the one I’d been.”

I appreciate that candor.  And thanks to Thomas Nelson for giving me a chance to review this book.