Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The story found in Days Like These by Kristian and Rachel Anderson is compelling, heartbreaking and inspiring.
It tells the story Kristian's battle with cancer, through a variety of stories, blog posts and even videos.
The book is striking, partly because the outcome is already known. Kristian died in January 2012. But through this book, and his various videos, his faith, life and story continue to live on.
In the world of memoirs, this book stands out because there's no happy ending in the traditional sense. However, Kristian's faith is inspiring. .
On the scale of one to five, this book is a strong three and a half. We can all learn something from the life - and faith - of Kristian and Rachel Anderson.
More About The Book
In Days Like These, Kristian Anderson, shares his valiant fight with cancer. In his own words, Kristian leaves a powerful legacy for his wife Rachel, his two little boys, and the rest of the world, with an inspiring and faith-filled story of hope and the ultimate truth that even in the darkest moments, light can shine through.
More About The Authors
There are love stories and then there's the story of Kristian and Rachel Anderson. When Kristian wanted to show his wife Rachel how much he loved her after learning he was terminally ill, he ended up winning millions of hearts around the world, thanks to the now famous YouTube video he made for her 35th birthday.
Social media is often seen as trivial and self-absorbed, but this heartfelt and moving tribute by a young Australian father of two in the midst of a battle with cancer, drew attention to a much larger story we all wanted to know more about and an ordeal so many families face alone.
Like Oprah, who invited Kristian and Rachel on her show, and Hugh Jackman, who helped make one of Kristian's dreams come true by appearing on the tribute, many of us didn't know him but we were so inspired by him that we felt like we did. He touched lives, gave hope and left behind a precious legacy that will mean a longer and better quality of life for thousands of cancer sufferers.
Kristian’s faith was foundational to him and he openly shared his prayers, his struggles, and the hope he found in his relationship with God. His story, told in his own words from his blog entries, with additions from his beloved Rachel, will inspire others to know that even in the darkest moments, the light can shine through.
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Kristian's birthday video for Rachel, an example of the video resources found within the manuscript.
Rachel's Birthday Video from Kristian Anderson on Vimeo.
Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by BookSneeze, a review division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.