A Positive Life: Living with HIV as a Pastor, Husband, and Father

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Zondervan, Mar 19, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 217 pages
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“More than anything, I wanted my life to matter …” When Shane Stanford discovered he was HIV positive twenty years ago, he knew he had a choice: he could feel sorry for himself, or he could live as faith-fully and boldly as possible. In A Positive Life, Shane offers nine basic yet powerful lessons for living well, all found within the life and ministry of Jesus. As Shane has discovered, even a difficult road offers glimpses of grace. Choosing how to live out that grace is the key to making life matter—and to being more alive than ever before. “The positive life is not about achieving but about becoming. To understand this is to understand the whole journey.” At the age of sixteen, Shane Stanford contracted HIV from procedures used to treat hemophilia. But through the grace of God, he turned a positive diagnosis into an opportunity for positive living. In this powerful mosaic of story, biblical insight, and spiritual reflections, Shane invites you to a simpler, more contented life as you live, laugh, and love in community as Jesus did—with an appreciation for God’s incredible adventure no matter the circumstances. After all, the key to living with purpose is found not in some distant revelation but in our own story and in the stories of those around us. The daily routine that seems mundane might just hold the answers to greater joy. As Shane writes, “What we are looking for has been within our grasp all along.” So discover how to treasure each day through this hope-filled account of faith, courage, and character. Shane’s hard-won words and unique perspective teach all of us about the simplicity of life’s most beautiful and enduring gifts.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Kay Warren
11
The Day Before
29
Somewhere This Side of Normal
47
T Cells and Thresholds
75
Conversations for Other Places
103
The Cost of What We Cannot Afford
123
Glimpses of a Straight Line So Precious
139
A Matter of the Heart
161
The First Day of the Rest of My Life
175
Afterword by Pokey Stanford
191
Acknowledgments
215
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Shane Stanford is the Senior Pastor of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Shane is the author of six books and travels extensively sharing his story as an HIV positive hemophiliac and Christian minister. Shane is married to his high school sweetheart, Dr. Pokey Stanford, and they are the parents of three daughters. Learn more about Shane and his teaching ministry at www.shanestanford.com

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