A Call to Faith: The Journey of a Cancer Survivor

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Jay Thomas, May 1, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 186 pages
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May I pray for you?  Five words that would forever change my life.  No, I am neither a priest nor rabbi, but I was the recipient of those words from a doctor several years ago when being told that I was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and had a small chance of survival, and included the phrase as the opening passage in my book, A Call to Faith.  Although surviving cancer is a recurrent theme, it is weaved throughout the text in the genre of inspirational and religious bodies of work, similar in vein to The Shack or 90 Minutes in Heaven.  The struggles are real and give expression to both grief and hope.  The events encountered in the story are true.  The story is my story and expressed from a third person point of view.
 
The story is set in Charleston and finds its characters meandering throughout the Lowcountry.  Young and handsome, beautiful wife and children, and a small fortune before the age of thirty.  He had it all - or did he?  Skip Sibley (main character) never knew his marine aviator father who died in a plane crash when he was young.  Struck with the tragedy of a younger sister who committed suicide in college and who continued to pay apparitional visits to Skip in times of need.  Encounters with God at just the appropriate time when giving up on life was more than a thought.  But his toughest battles may still lie ahead of him; finding his faith in God through cancer and divorce.
 
This faith-based work takes its readers on a tour of the South from churches to hospitals.  Southern flavor is established as the Sibley family seeks help from Gullah native Ms. Janie, who cares for Skip and the children during their time of need.  The story attempts to show resilience in the face of adversity that comes into each of our lives, and that only through finding a relationship with God can we ensure that life will continue beyond death.  It can touch the hearts of those who have lived or visited the Lowcountry, or who have lost loved ones to cancer, suicide or accidental death.
 

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At first I was confused by this story. There was a lot of switching from one time period in the main characters life to another. It felt like when you watch television with someone and they switch ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
Life Cut Short
The Process Begins
The Verdict
An Affair
Making the Rounds
Authors Note
Copyright

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John Patrick (J.) Thomas is a four-time cancer survivor who lives with his family in Charleston, South Carolina. Jay attended Gettysburg College and The American University before embarking on an entrepreneurial career on Wall Street. Jay turned to the teaching profession after his life-threatening bout with bone cancer. Jay has recently written a #1 Amazon Cancer Bestselling book entitled, "A Call to Faith, the Journey of a Cancer Survivor." He has appeared in publications such as BookMasters, BookDaily, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center newsletter, and will be featured in an upcoming new DayStar network series, "Impact with Pastor Dave." He has traveled as a missionary and may be one of the few people that tell you cancer was the best thing to ever happen to him. You'll have to ask him why.

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