Book Review: Hope For The Journey Through Cancer

I’ve just returned from the writers conference (more on that later!) so thought I would post something I already had up my sleeve. I hope and pray this will come at just the right time for someone. Here is a book review I wrote for Hope for the Journey through Cancer by Yvonne Ortega:

“In 2001, I joined the ranks of more than one million people in the United States who were diagnosed with cancer that year. Their lives would never be the same. Neither would mine,” says author Yvonne Ortega in Hope for the Journey through Cancer – Inspiration for Each Day, a sixty-day devotional designed to help cancer patients and their loved ones “look for hope in the midst of cancer.”

Based on her own personal experience with the disease, Ortega builds encouraging devotions around specific events and emotions she encountered along the way. Her easy-to-read style and soothing tone, combined with each day’s brief selection and scripture, make this devotional a breath of fresh air for those who long for a touch of comfort and hope but may not feel well enough to read for more than a few minutes.

Ortega is an award winning writer and a full time certified domestic violence and abuse counselor. But more importantly, she is a cancer survivor. She intimately knows the battles cancer patients must fight as well as the desperately needed joys that pop up at unexpected moments. Her prayer is that “God will wrap His arms of love around [her readers] and give them hope” and that they “will get to know the Lord in a deeper, richer way.”

Any individual or family faced with a diagnosis of cancer would most certainly be blessed by reading Yvonne Ortega’s refreshing devotional (published by Revell and available here). To learn more about Yvonne, check out her website  and her God tube video.

“But as for me, I will always have hope…” Psalm 71:14


  1. Thank you, Cheryl. Tomorrow, we are expecting the results of my dad’s biopsy.

    It was wonderful meeting you at the conference!

  2. Renae, I didn’t know about your dad’s biopsy — I must have missed that news if you mentioned it on your blog. I’ll be praying for a good report!

    I loved meeting you, too! It was definitely one of the highlights of the conference for me!

  3. Cheryl:
    I lost two friends to cancer earlier this year. They were Godly women who wore their faith like a beacon for the rest of us dealing with their grief. I miss them so much and look forward to sharing heaven with them.

    Thanks for sharing your story. I want to hear more about your writer’s conference.


  4. Elaine, thanks for sharing about your friends and the testimony they were to all who knew them. They sound like very special women.

    I think I will be posting some of the highlights of the conference in a couple of days so check back later this week for the scoop :)

  5. Hey Cheryl, I love it when you stop by my blog. I wonder if you would be interested in checking out Christian Momlogic? There are lots of interviews, authors, friendship, and a growing community under the Time Warner umbrella. I’m the blogleader and absolutely love the community of women of faith that is building.

  6. Suzie, I’ve checked out Christian Momlogic once. I’ll try to get back over there again. Too many things to do sometimes!

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