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ss triple helix - summer 2014,  God – I’ve got cancer

God – I’ve got cancer

A message of hope for anyone who becomes seriously ill
Dr Richard Scott
TerraNova Publications, 2013, £9.00, Pb 192pp, ISBN 9780957047365
Reviewed by Liz Croton, a GP from Birmingham

The back story underpinning this book is Dr Scott's own experience of being diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2011 and his subsequent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This book is written for cancer patients and their families, both believers and non-believers. It offers a powerful message of hope that there is something bigger which we can turn to and rely on if the 'Big C' strikes.

To echo one of the reviews on the back cover, Dr Scott is writing from a unique position as someone who has professional and personal knowledge of cancer coupled with a saving faith. There is a rigorous literature review of the many benefits of faith in facing illness and the chapters mirror some of the tumult of emotions that one must go through when diagnosed with cancer ('It can't be true'; 'Who will pray for me?'). The difficult question of healing is raised – why does God heal some when others do not survive?

This is a buoyant, encouraging read backed up by expository Bible teaching and personal testimony, which ultimately glorifies God, who is the creator and sustainer of all things.

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