I didn’t actually write this book, though I did have the great privilege of helping put it together. When my friend Ben asked for help turning his six years of almost-daily blog posts into a book, I jumped at the chance. After all, how often do you get to help a dying friend take care of something extremely important to him?
You see, my friend Ben was at the end of his battle with a rare kind of cancer called DSRCT (desmoplastic small round cell tumors) and what he wanted was a book that would live on after him. So that’s what we did.
I worked every day for months with Ben’s wife, Lisa, to finish the project. My primary job was to cull through the thousands of blog posts, hand-selecting the ones that told the story Ben wanted to tell, and coordinate the various other volunteers who put the book together.
Sadly, Ben was not able to live to see the book’s publication. Regardless, I’m certain he would be thrilled with how it turned out. It’s a stirring, powerful, important book because it shows an honest portrait of faith in the midst of genuine suffering. He pulls no punches and doesn’t sugarcoat a thing.
My hope is that by posting about it here, the book will gain a wider readership than just Ben’s close friends and family. This book will change you, if you choose to read it.
I know it changed me.