Hoping For More: Having Cancer, Talking Faith, and Accepting Grace
is a story of a young religion professor -- who is also a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend -- searching for words adequate to express her faltering faith amid the grief and grace of the newly fractured life.
More Anne Lamott meets Harold Kushner then the teller of a pious, God-saved-me-from-cancer tale, Thompson unpacks the messy realities that arise when faith and suffering collide. Told in shimmering pros hoping for more takes readers on unsentimental journey through the valley of the shadow of cancer beyond the predictable parameters of prayer, the church, even believe in life after death. What emerges is a novel approach to talking faith and accepting grace when hope is all you've got.
Readers with questions about suffering, illness, and faith, as well as pastors, clergy, and theologians looking for an empathetic guide through the confusing world of caner and medicine will find Hoping for More to be an invaluable resource.