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I found this book at my public library while looking for another title It is a memoir written 2006 2008 in letters to friends and family It begins with the diagnosis of lung cancer, concludes at a period of remission I read this at the end of 2016 Before I had read two chapters, I had to know Wangerin s fate how comforting to discover he lives He used to be a pastor, then taught writing at Valparaiso University He asks quirky questions Why does cancer have to be a battle How is it her I found this book at my public library while looking for another title It is a memoir written 2006 2008 in letters to friends and family It begins with the diagnosis of lung cancer, concludes at a period of remission I read this at the end of 2016 Before I had read two chapters, I had to know Wangerin s fate how comforting to discover he lives He used to be a pastor, then taught writing at Valparaiso University He asks quirky questions Why does cancer have to be a battle How is it heroic He explains why he doesn t pray for his own healing As a writer, he has to prioritize which projects to complete, which ones to set aside One letter details how he views death He incidentally quotes two writers whose names always remind me I want to learnJaroslav Pelikan and Jeremy Taylor.A quote, so appropriate for those contemplating retirement Ah, but as long as I make commitments to others to teach, to sustain, to befriend, to love as long as I willingly and knowingly schedule new commitments, I have no right to self pity My project, then To get good and old Spiritually to approach my losses with the same craft and talent and devotion which I bring to the writing of a novel, a poem, a sermon.I appreciate this book While I don t agree with some of his assumptions, he challenged my thinking I have a visceral loathing for cremation but an almost equally strong opposition to embalming I found Walter s explanation of how he wanted to be cremated and the ashes buried, not scattered, plausible, which is a first I got the chance to see Wangerin, to literally sit at his feet in a packed room at the 2018 Festival of Faith and Writing He was skeletal, with oxygen, and he read from his powerful recent poetry This book is from the initial experience of cancer,than ten years earlier It is powerful, incredible I ll have to add it to my mental syllabus of books on suffering, death, and dying. Read in two days On my must read before you die list If ever someone is suffering, I m going to give them that book Whether it be cancer or any type of severe suffering, this is now my top book to help people understand God and suffering.1 of my top 4 books of 2013 The others are The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksHammer of GodThe Invisible Wall A Love Story That Broke Barriers Read in two days On my must read before you die list If ever someone is suffering, I m going to give them that book Whether it be cancer or any type of severe suffering, this is now my top book to help people understand God and suffering.1 of my top 4 books of 2013 The others are The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksHammer of GodThe Invisible Wall A Love Story That Broke Barriers I listened to the audio version of this, read by the author It s a collection of letters to friends and family that were written while Wangerin was receiving treatments for lung cancer It was meaningful to me because I have a friend who s dying of cancer right now and unwilling to talk about his impending death, so I looked to Wangerin to have those discussions with me His letters are honest and he faces his death with true courage Wangerin s hope is in Christ s resurrection and he feels n I listened to the audio version of this, read by the author It s a collection of letters to friends and family that were written while Wangerin was receiving treatments for lung cancer It was meaningful to me because I have a friend who s dying of cancer right now and unwilling to talk about his impending death, so I looked to Wangerin to have those discussions with me His letters are honest and he faces his death with true courage Wangerin s hope is in Christ s resurrection and he feels no need to desperately cling to a fewmonths or years on this earth Some would find the letters depressing, but I actually found them encouraging and hopeful.And spoiler alert I just Googled Wangerin and apparently he s still alive at 75 n December 2005, Walter Wangerin Jr.felt a lump above his clavicle by chance when he reached for a can on a grocery shelf It was Stage IIIB Non Small Cell Lung Cancer The cancer had metastacized from his lung to his lymph nodes, but had not yet reached distant organs It was still isolated to the chest area Walter Wangerin Jr is an award winning author of over twenty books His best known stories include The Book of God The Bible as a Novel and The Book of the Dun Cow Wangerin Jr was a sen n December 2005, Walter Wangerin Jr.felt a lump above his clavicle by chance when he reached for a can on a grocery shelf It was Stage IIIB Non Small Cell Lung Cancer The cancer had metastacized from his lung to his lymph nodes, but had not yet reached distant organs It was still isolated to the chest area Walter Wangerin Jr is an award winning author of over twenty books His best known stories include The Book of God The Bible as a Novel and The Book of the Dun Cow Wangerin Jr was a senior writing professor at University of Indiana Valparaiso He also preached at his church After being diagnose with lung cancer, Walt Wangerin Jr wrote a series of letters to his friends This book is a compilation of Walt s letters over 2 years and 4 months He survived beyond the average lung cancer survival of eight months after diagnosis I liked this book because Wengerin Jr s cancer experience reminded me very much of our cancer experience, but stretched over a much longer time period Wengerin Jr describes much of the same pain that Garett experienced but would not discuss Garett never mentioned his increasing pain to me at home, but when we would meet with our oncologist Garett would reveal that he was experiencing advancing pain in new areas of his body I always felt a little hurt that Garett didn t tell me first, but I know that he did everything that he could to minimize people s worry about him There was a stunning lack of anger and bitterness is this book Wengerin Jr had an unshakeable faith He incorporated his shining faith and biblical stories into his cancer story He was at complete peace with his cancer In the prologue, a blunt physician tells Walt Wengerin Jr This kind of cancer doesn t go away It will kill you Sooner or later, this will be the cause of your death As a side bar, Wengerin Jr mentioned that he recently had four molars surgically removed This is relevant because his dental surgeon told him that teeth trouble can be a symptom of cancer As virtuous of a person as Walt Wengerin Jr was, even he admitted to feeling offended that the first thing people said upon learning of his diagnosis was Did you smoke Wengerin Jr acknowledged that he smoked until age 25, but had not smoked in the prior 37 years Early on in treatment, Wengerin Jr explains God does not cause human misery, nor does he desire the death of any person on earth But he can and does participate in the complexities of human life He takes, therefore, advantage of our weaknesses to love our spirits and to prop up our weary bones I winced when Walt described a familiar sounding racheting cough the one that could not suck in enough Oxygen to allow a good lungfull of air He questions what can be done when the irritant isn t something foreign in the lungs, but the lungs themselves This journal of the metastatic lung cancer dying process emanates grace Very raw and transparent letters of someone facing possible death from cancer It was quite hard to read at parts and the ending was very quick with no resolution. This is a small and moving book In a series of letters to friends and family Wangerin reflects on cancer, its treatment, its pain, and the selfishness it looses in him He also revels in the family and community that support him Rodney Reeves in his book on Paul s spirituality reflects on the general American Christian avoidance of death, Just once I d like to hear someone boast of the miracle of God s grace for the one who died Her courage as she celebrated life in the middle of dying Wan This is a small and moving book In a series of letters to friends and family Wangerin reflects on cancer, its treatment, its pain, and the selfishness it looses in him He also revels in the family and community that support him Rodney Reeves in his book on Paul s spirituality reflects on the general American Christian avoidance of death, Just once I d like to hear someone boast of the miracle of God s grace for the one who died Her courage as she celebrated life in the middle of dying Wangerin approaches that celebration not with sentimentality, but with a realism that acknowledges his own limits and the power of grace Death is not something he fears, but somethings he accepts because he has faith in the one who knows him by name Letters 18 and 19 are especially powerful In 18 he questions the use of battle metaphor when discussing life with cancer I suggest that the true opponent isn t this condition, but that for which it stands mortality Now he might have gotteninto I Cor 15 and the Orthodox understanding of death as the first enemy overcome in Christ s resurrection, but I understand his point in an American culture that believes we can control everything In fighting against mortality we do fight against God and any limits Letter 19 is a private conversation with a student who asked how he handled things He answered, Life or death Either one is a gift for me I don t yearn for one over the other And he describes a peace that has come because he knows and trusts that Jesus knows his name see one of the other reviews for a long selection from that section Personal and beautiful, and very Wangerin in its delivery In Letters from the Land of Cancer, award winning writer Walter Wangerin Jr offers his profound insights into the greatest challenge we face confronting our own mortality Shortly after the cancer had been diagnosed I began writing letters to the members of my immediate family, to relatives and to lifelong friends The following book will consist mostly of those letters They will invite you into my most intimate dancing with the cancer, even as that partner and I have over the last two years swung each other around the tiled floors of ballrooms and bathrooms Dizzy still, and day by day, I sat and wrote This is what I m feeling right now This is what I think From afternoon to afternoon of radiation, Wangerin wrote about confronting his mortality, about living with the messiness of undone tasks and bodily weakness He wrote about the medical procedures he endured, the wild mood swings that unbalanced his days, and the fragilities and strengths of the relationships that surrounded him Letters from the Land of Cancer is made up of these writings Cadenced within the letters are Wangerin s eloquent meditations derived from his pastoral experiences with the faithful passage of death to life Seldom has the great adventure of life and death been as beautifully presented as it is in this testimony to faith, love, and the shocking reality of hope This is a beautifully written and honest collection of letters and reflections from a prolific author on his experience with the cancer that will one day kill him Wangerin is a Lutheran pastor and professor at Valparaiso University His writing weaves together faith and frailty, detailed accounts both of the decline of his body and the acuity of his spiritual journey throughout.The bulk of the writing is group letters sent to family and friends A few letters never sent are included, as well as This is a beautifully written and honest collection of letters and reflections from a prolific author on his experience with the cancer that will one day kill him Wangerin is a Lutheran pastor and professor at Valparaiso University His writing weaves together faith and frailty, detailed accounts both of the decline of his body and the acuity of his spiritual journey throughout.The bulk of the writing is group letters sent to family and friends A few letters never sent are included, as well as half a dozen interlude reflections.The first thing I noticed was that the letters began in December 2006, but the book cover mentions Wangerin as living this was just published So, the effect is that of reading someone who is wrestling with their approaching death while all along knowing that he will survive at least fouryears.There are many profound thoughts along the way Just to give one example, Wangerin wonders why we limit the experience of living with and often dying from cancer by resorting to battle language fight, battled, lost, victorious, etc Likewise, his poetic pondering on how resurrection takes shape is stunning.As a future pastor, I found myself marking several places in this book where powerful sermon material may be drawn I read this book at the time that my friend Carl found himself diagnosed with stage 4 cancer There are many similarities with Walt Wangerin s life so it was easy to enter into the world of someone who suddenly sees everything through the eyes of someone with a cancer diagnosis.As a man of faith, I could also relate to Wangerin s thoughts on another level.I enjoyed how Wangerin described near the end of the book the change in the nature of time usually we think in terms of moving quickly I read this book at the time that my friend Carl found himself diagnosed with stage 4 cancer There are many similarities with Walt Wangerin s life so it was easy to enter into the world of someone who suddenly sees everything through the eyes of someone with a cancer diagnosis.As a man of faith, I could also relate to Wangerin s thoughts on another level.I enjoyed how Wangerin described near the end of the book the change in the nature of time usually we think in terms of moving quickly or passing slowly, but he used illustrations of how time broadens out and is full, comparing touching his grand daughter s finger as a full experience, satisfying as living to see her wedding day.I wish I could give the book higher praise, but I didn t feel the book had the cohesion or power of other memoirs in this genre