This month I read the following books:
Well that was quite a fascinating book – some good twists and turns. I couldn’t decide if I was disappointed in the ending or not… but I do want to watch the film!
I read this book relatively fast (and it’s now full of sand, as I was on the beach) – and it’s a really interesting mix of insights building upon a conference held in New Zealand the year before. It brings together insights from patients, theologians and medics/scientists. As a person with Stage IV cancer (worried about the impact of COVID19 on my treatment/health) I found it a helpful book to 1) know that a lot of my feelings – I was not the only one 2) thoughts about the theology of where we are – how different churches/theologies help us interpret the whys and wherefores… and how faith can help get through the mental trauma that cancer brings. I’d highly recommend to those who are engaging at the intersection of Christianity and cancer … it’s an academic text, but still very readable (I may have skim-read some of the more sciency bits!).
I’m currently at Vaughan Park in New Zealand, where I believe Marie wrote some of this book. As someone also with secondary cancer, it’s encouraging to hear how she’s survived 25 years with various tumours (although the current COVID19 is playing havoc with people’s cancer treatment options). It’s written in quite a ‘personal’ blog post style, so it’s easy to read small segments at a time (although I read it in one go), and there’s a lot of insights into the whole of life with cancer – spiritual, physical and mental all require some form of balance.
Actually read the paper edition, but anyway.
Like all the others, I just enjoyed reading this – maybe with an extra dimension in the current crisis which is being compared so widely to the Second World War. I’m looking forward to the next one too..
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.