Hoping for More:
Having Cancer, Talking Faith, and Accepting Grace

is a story of a young religion professor with a stage IV cancer diagnosis and a lousy prognosis for the future. Amid the grief and the grace of her fractured life, this theologian -- who is also a wife, a mother, daughter, sister and friend -- searches for words adequate to express her faltering faith.

More Anne Lamott meets Harold Kushner than the teller of a pious, God-saved-me-from-cancer tale, Thompson unpacks the messy realities that arise when faith and suffering collide.  

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Deanna A. Thompson

is a Professor of Religion at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the author of Crossing the Divide: Luther, Feminism, and the Cross. She lives with her husband and two daughters in St. Paul.

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From the Foreword by Krista Tippett

"We tend to use words like 'miracle' and 'mystery' in the context of serendipity. In this frank and eloquent account of life transformed by cancer, Deanna Thompson explores these articles of faith as they are also wont to appear -- on the hard edges of hope and the dark side of joy."

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