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Dear Deb

A Woman with Cancer, a Friend with Secrets, and the Letters That Became Their Miracle
Format: Paperback

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Story by story, letter by letter, Margaret Terry uncovered powerful pictures in her own life of the one truth that could help carry her friend Deb from this life to the next. Together they found renewed hope in the ways God shows up right to the very end. Which is where they found the miracle they'd been praying for all along. In each other.

"I want you to know that if my illness inspired you to write these stories, the cancer was worth it."—Deb

What stories could possibly make cancer worth it?

Stories that represent a miracle—a lifetime of miracles. Stories that changed the writer as she wrote them and stories that will touch the heart of the reader, one by one by one. Stories that are not just stories.

They started out as words of encouragement to a dying woman. They turned into a collection of sparkling and intimate moments, pulled from the past to finally be understood and shared with new meaning.

Story by story, letter by letter, Margaret Terry uncovered powerful pictures in her own life of the one truth that could help carry her friend Deb from this life to the next: God is at work.

Together, Deb and Margaret found renewed hope in all the ways God shows up right to the very end. Which is where they found the miracle they'd been praying for all along. In each other.

Contributor(s) Margaret Terry
About the Contributor(s) Margaret Terry

Margaret Terry and her sons live in Ontario, Canada, where she still stops by the side of the road to pick the Queen Anne’s lace. Her favorite thing to do is cook for family and friends and sit around the table telling stories.

ISBN-10 1400204372
ISBN-13 9781400204373
Release Date Oct 9, 2012
Weight (lbs) 0.4400
Height 8.00
Width 5
Length 240
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $16.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by J-Rock
Overall Rating
Cancer, the dreaded C word. For many it is a life sentence. There isn’t a cure, only treatment. It is something we as human beings have trouble facing. Dear Deb is a facinating book of letters written by a friend to another. Margaret shares deep secrets and stories with her friend Deb.

This is not a book that I would have normally picked up at the bookstore, but after reading, it is a book that I have encouraged others to read. It is life changing. Marg starts writing to Deb to provide some encouragement as she battles Cancer. Throughout the exercise of writing, Margaret shares her life journey and grows in faith.

I could not put Dear Deb down. Each chapter is based on of the letters sent to Deb. They are short, and I found myself getting more deeply involved in Deb and Margaret’s life. Having had several family members who have died and beat cancer. Dear Deb struck a cord with me.

Margaret does not treat Deb as a patient or someone sick, instead Margaret offer’s Deb insight into her life, and a way to escape one moment at a time. I hope that you will find the Holy Spirit within the pages as I have. (Posted on 2/21/2013)
Review by Kathy
Overall Rating
Beautiful, heartwarming and heartbreaking stories written to a friend dying of cancer. Terry is a superb storyteller, weaving emotions and vividly recalled details of her life to share and create a miracle for her friend. The details are of the writer's life but the feelings they evoke are universal as are the lessons learned. (Posted on 11/10/2012)
Review by Teri
Overall Rating
The first lines that went straight to my heart in Margaret Terry’s book Dear Deb, a collection of 55 letters written to a friend dying of cancer, came two pages into the book. In the introduction, called The Inspiration, Terry relates that she was surprised to have been asked to pray for Deb, and “believe in my miracle.” Terry admits that she was a church friend to Deb, but they weren’t close. She knew that Deb was a capable and energetic woman, she loved Motown and hockey, but outside church she and Deb didn’t socialize. Terry goes on to say, “I’m not sure why this happens in churches. We hug the same people every Sunday for years, we watch their children grow, and we share their trials and joys, yet for some reason we limit our friendship to church.” “True, so very, very true,” I marveled. “And if Margaret Terry is able to nail down that situation in two sentences, what other treasures are in this book?” Well, there are dozens of treasures in Dear Deb! I have several favorite stories in the book, but I love the story of Crowning Mary, probably because I can recall similar May celebrations from my own days at St John’s Catholic Elementary School in Seattle, Washington. Crowning Mary is a beautiful story full of innocence and faith, and it includes a miracle that will make you smile for days.

The old-fashioned name for a book made up of letters is epistolary. This being the 21st century, Terry’s letters were originally composed as emails, and were sent daily to Deb, who had been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. They were a form of encouragement which Deb asked her friends to send her as support while she endured cancer treatment and waited for her miracle. Over time, as Terry’s letters went beyond platitudes, she found that sharing her moments of failure and fear were, paradoxically, a way of sending strength to Deb, and they also were an avenue for Terry to unburden her own secret past. Through that process of letter writing, Terry shares with us the great truth that God doesn’t abandon us when we and our world break apart, but He comes close, and cares for us through it all.

Here’s is my take away from Dear Deb – maybe the broken pieces of your life aren’t meant to be put back together the way you think. Maybe a jagged piece of your story is meant to heal the brokenness of someone else’s life. But that won’t happen if you don’t share your story and let the Master Potter use it as only He can. I believe that in Dear Deb, a book that touches both your heart and your funny bone, you will see this amazing process at work.

Review of Dear Deb in 140 characters or fewer: “You’ll need Kleenex, you’ll laugh out loud, you’ll be stunned, and you’ll be inspired. Read it!”
(Posted on 10/7/2012)
Review by Robyn
Overall Rating
Dear Deb is the true story of: `A woman with cancer, a friend with secrets, and the letters that became their miracle.' And, I would submit, so much more. The book is a series of 55 of the 102 letters written to a friend. Why 55? To borrow Terry's phrase: "One letter for each year Deb graced this beautiful world with her presence."
The writer, Margaret Terry, a storyteller from a very young age, has a writing style that will have you fully engaged from beginning to end...even wanting more.

The impetus for the letters is in response to Deb's request for encouragement. Deb has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer, and her only request is for encouragement. No food, no chores, rides, etc...just pure and simple encouragement. It seems, though, that Deb was an encouragement; she had an unwavering belief that she would see a miracle. A belief that was contagious and inspiring.

Terry's letters are not a series of motivational phrases that we have all heard. She sets out to go deeper by sharing intimate details from her life. And as you read through these letters, you will discover that she had no intention of ever publishing or even sharing these letters. It was Deb who decided to share the letters as they were written and, in what can only be viewed as a courageous move by Terry, she was not deterred from continuing to share her intensely personal stories and life lessons. Each letter closes with a bible verse that just punctuates the message and encourages.

You will find that Dear Deb is encouraging to you as well. Many of the letters will feel as if they were written specifically for you. What are you waiting for? Run, don'twalk, to purchase this book! (Posted on 10/2/2012)

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