Broken Beauty
252 Pages
English

Broken Beauty

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What does God wish to accomplish through suffering?
Does He answer prayers for healing?
Drawing on personal experience, the author addresses what a life-changing cancer diagnosis looks like and provides hard-wrought assistance to those walking its path and those supporting them.
Broken Beauty explores God's goal in refining His children and uncovers the rich provisions He bestows along the way. In the process we discover restorative beauty amidst this broken world--beauty that originates from finding the glorious treasure of all we are and are becoming in Christ.

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Published 16 September 2020
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EAN13 9781725266612
Language English
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Broken B E A U T Y reflections of a soul refined by cancer The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
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BROKEN BEAUTY Reflections of a Soul Refined by Cancer Copyright © 2020 Helena Bolhuis. All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in critical publications or reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced in any manner without prior written permission from the publisher. Write: Permissions, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 199 th W. 8 Ave., Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401. Wipf & Stock An Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers th 199 W. 8 Ave., Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 www.wipfandstock.com Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV® TM Copyright© 1973 1978 1984 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-1-7252-6659-9 HARDCOVER ISBN: 978-1-7252-6660-5 EBOOK ISBN: 978-1-7252-6661-2 This title is also available in an audio edition. Manufactured in the U.S.A.
for You, Father, for Your glory
Preface
PART ONE: Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7
PART TWO: Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12
PART THREE: Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17
Contents
THE JOURNEY ....................................... 11
The Diagnosis ................................................. 13 The Waiting Game ......................................... 23 The Tests and Operations .............................. 33 The Circle........................................................ 45 The Chemotherapy ........................................ 57 The Radiation ................................................. 73 The Transition ................................................ 81
THE PROVISIONS ................................ 89
The Relational................................................. 95 The Mental.................................................... 131 The Emotional .............................................. 145 The Physical.................................................. 155 The Spiritual ................................................. 165
THE DESTINATION ........................... 187
The Preparation ............................................ 189 The Suffering ................................................ 197 The Re-entry ................................................. 221 The Weaving................................................. 227 The Arrival ................................................... 237
The Comforter Oh! Thou who dry'st the mourner's tear, How dark this world would be, If, when deceived and wounded here, We could not fly to Thee! The friends who in our sunshine live, When winter comes are flown; And he who has but tears to give, Must weep those tears alone; But Thou wilt heal that broken heart, Which, like the plants that throw Their fragrance from the wounded part, Breathes sweetness out of woe. When joy no longer soothes or cheers, And even the hope that threw A moment's sparkle o'er our tears, Is dimm'd and vanish'd too; Oh who would bear life's stormy doom, Did not Thy wing of love Come brightly wafting through the gloom, Our peace-branch from above. Then sorrow, touch'd by Thee, grows bright With more than rapture's ray; As darkness shows us worlds of light We never saw by day.
Thomas Moore
Preface
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
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Before you begin to read this book, I wish to clarify my intentions. The objective of my writing is not to place cancer on the highest pedestal of suffering, as if it represents the epitome of all affliction. Everyone suffers in one way or another as we live our lives East of Eden. We’re in a world that’s broken, after all.And so, although I certainly had cancer patients and their families in mind while writing this book, I pray it may also bring some comfort and encouragement to those suffering other ailments or situations, whether they be of a mental, physical, or spiritual nature.
No two journeys are alike. No two people are alike. Reactions and needs will always vary, but I hope that the pages ofBroken Beautywill help those of you who are suffering and those of you who are providing love and support to them.
To the diagnosed pilgrims: I pray that this book helps you to be strong and of good courage and that, through your brokenness, the beauty of the glory of God may shine.
To those who have never stopped to ponder what refining is all about: Do use this book as a reminder to prepare yourself for the
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day you will be refined. And make no mistake. You, too, will in God’s perfect time and in God’s perfect way walk through the fire. It happens to all those whom the Father loves.
A final consideration before you begin reading: all cancer patients suffer, some much more than others. My journey was relatively eI’ve met them. Spoken to them.asy compared to many. I know. Held their hands. Prayed for them. So,let’s not waste time or energy weighing suffering on a scale to see whose is the greatest. Rather, let’s use the scale to measure the weight of glorythe on other side. Our troubles are then weighed in the right balance.
With love in Christ, Helena Bolhuis Perth, Western Australia, 2020
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