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Today, we present George’s Journey, a memoir by author Robin Waites. The titular George was her husband, who blogged about his fight with pancreatic cancer. Robin, who also contributed to the blog, compiled the entries into this heartfelt and emotional book after George’s death.
The four-star Clarion review can be read here in its entirety, or you can read an abbreviated version below:
“You’ve got to live by faith, regardless of what is on your plate.” An easy motto when life is easy. George Waites lived this motto in the face of pancreatic cancer. George’s Journey is
a compilation of blog entries he posted during his illness. His wife, Robin Waites, occasionally contributed to that blog, taking over the task as George neared death. She has published the blog entries as a tribute to George and his faith.
In the first quarter of the book, George talks about anger just once, and thereafter, only about the temptation to anger. He most often talks about simple pleasures: the night sky, peanut butter and jelly, okra, and sweet corn, for example. He brags about his children, loves his wife and sports, worries about his parents, and complains about the volume level of movies.
Mostly, he talks about his disease: the hope and disappointment, tests and medications, indignities and pain. George wanted his blog to “…encourage others going through cancer treatment.” What a reader will most remember is George’s unwavering faith in God. He remained prayerful even when his prayers were not answered.
The nearly daily blogs cover the time from diagnosis to George’s death 22 months later. Most entries include references to the Bible. His wife chose not to edit any entry, so topics like the family garden and pets are frequently repeated. A less emotionally attached editor might have created a different but more tightly shaped book. This one gives us George.
George’s Journey is available in the Xlibris Bookstore. Check it out, as well as the many other great memoirs from our writers.
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