“Days Like These” by Kristian and Rachel Anderson, book review. Even in the Darkest Moments, Light can Shine Through
This book chronicles Kristian’s battle against cancer. It is really a series of blog posts and a journal that he wrote during his treatment and fight. There are also some entries written by Rachel, his wife, where she explains in more detail what he has written or just shares her view of the situation. These entries are brutally honest and often quite painful to read, because he was dealing with something that was literally sucking the life out of him.
This was a difficult book to read, just because I knew that Kristian dies at the end. But he was not without hope. He knew that to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord and he held to that hope. He shares honestly and deeply about all aspects of the diagnosis and treatments. His two young sons were a comfort and a challenge at the same time because they were just too little to understand why their dad was ill.
For anyone who is dealing with cancer or a terminal illness, this book would be a good one to read. Kristian will encourage those who are walking a similar road. Thankfully, cancer has not touched our family in this way, but has taken the lives of dear friends, so I am a bit more educated. I am not sure who to recommend this book to, but if you have a friend dealing with cancer, this might help you understand a little of what they are going though.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Zondervan publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.