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. 

I have known Deanna Thompson since we were both studying at Yale Divinity School in the early 1990s. She was a few years younger and headed for a career in academia. I was struck by the purity of her intelligence and joy. Then, we met again in Minnesota, where we both landed. I remember musing to myself at the good fortune of her students at Hamline University, where she became a professor. “Getting paid to talk about God is a pretty sweet deal,” she writes, as this book opens. Her delight in the work of theology and the art of teaching was always evident and infectious.

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"Thompson strikes a skillful balance in revealing her physical suffering; sharing the effect her cancer diagnosis has on her family members, colleagues, students, and friends and their responses; and communicating the reflections that living with cancer and a poor prognosis provoke in her concerning long held beliefs."

Excerpt from a review in Metro Lutheran 

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"Deanna Thompson writes with strong faith, with empathy for all who suffer and with hope that comforts and heals. While the focus is on the patient and the disease, the patient’s relationship to God and what and who God means takes the center stage all through this journey of painful cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery process. Deanna’s language is very personal and simple and her faith is so strong that it would easily resonate with all the Indian patients."

Excerpt from a review by Swarma Thirumalai and M. S. Thirumalai from "Language in India: Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow"

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What people are saying about the book

"Thompson stands in her cancer with rare, radical awakeness to its bracing truth. . . and gives us a moving, life-lived testimony to the graciousness of grace."

Serene Jones
President of Union Theological Seminary

"I learned so much from reading this book, as a pastor, friend and mother. Thompson's insights are for everyone who has ever struggled with serious illness or loved someone who has, which means that this book is ultimately for everyone. If you have ever wondered, 'What do I say?' or 'What do I do?' this book offers wise counsel, with humor, intellect, and most of all, grace. In Hoping for More, you get to eavesdrop on the intimate thoughts of someone worth listening to. In the end, Thompson's deepest theological insights are not about cancer but about life itself."

Lillian Daniel,
Senior Minister, First Congregational Church UCC, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Author of This Odd and Wondrous Calling (2009) and Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony (2006) 

"Deanna Thompson's honest and faithful book shows how healing happens in community, and how blessing is found amid doubt and pain. This is a book of grace." 

Sara Miles
author of Take This Bread (2007) and Jesus Freak (2010)


"In Hoping for More, Deanna Thompson presents her extraordinary journey of diagnosis and treatment of stage IV breast cancer. Thanks to her strong personal voice, reading this book is like listening to a friend tell you about part of her life over a cup of tea. Of the many miracles in this book is Deanna's ability to reflect on her faith, illness, and loved ones at the same time. She quietly offers a systematic theology enriched by living with cancer—making this book a valuable resource for those interested in the intersection of medicine and faith."

Monica A. Coleman
Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions, Claremont School of Theology
Author of Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression  (2012)

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