Beyond the Scars: A Giveaway

Back in 2007 when I first started blogging I met some amazing friends in this space. We did Bible studies together and encouraged each other and opened our hearts to one another in ways that made us sisters for life. One of my very favorite sisters is Elaine Olsen, who blogs at Peace for the Journey. Elaine and I have never met in person (though I did stand behind her once at SheSpeaks, too shy to introduce myself), but we’ve spoken on the phone and exchanged stories in a smattering of words over the years. Elaine’s saucy, southern twang has encouraged me through more than one season of doubt.
In 2010, Elaine was diagnosed with breast cancer. You can read her story here but suffice it to say that throughout her treatment—all the lows and, yes, the highs—Elaine shared her journey with courage and transparency. It was her sincere desire to help others walking a similar path. In August of 2012, on the second anniversary of her cancer diagnosis, Elaine releasedBeyond Cancer’s Scars, a devotional book that addressed some specific battles and triumphs she experienced during her treatment and after. The thing is—Elaine found herself steeped in ways of grace during her treatment that spoke a broader message of victory. Her book not only ministered to those walking through cancer, but spoke to others right where they were too.
When a series of unusual circumstances made the future of Beyond Cancer’s Scars uncertain, Elaine took the opportunity to edit the book again and re-release it as Beyond the Scars: Daring to Live Forward.That’s what she’s been doing. Stepping into the future with all that she is—letting the scars speak beauty instead of pain.

I’m pleased to say that Elaine has offered one of my readers the chance to win a copy of Beyond the Scars. Just leave a comment on this post by Friday evening and I’ll announce the winner on Saturday morning. And there’s more good news. When Elaine mails off the winning copy of the new book, she will donate a copy of the original edition to her local cancer center. Everyone wins! If you know a woman who needs this kind of encouragement–the kind it takes to move beyond the scars and step into the future, this book would be a blessing to her. 

And don’t forget to leave a comment on this post for another chance to win the sweet gift of story. Have a beautiful day!


  1. says

    This sounds like a wonderful book of encouragement to share with those experiencing this difficult journey. Would love to share this book.

  2. Jennifer Dougan says

    Hi Laura,

    Nice to meet you. I’ve run across your name on various bloggers’ sites and thought I would stop in. I was reading last week about Elaine’s misadventures with the one publisher, and so I smiled to see your post here today about her reprint. Thanks.

    What year were you at She Speaks? I was there several summers ago, and hope to go again in a year or so.

    Blessings to you,
    Jennifer Dougan

  3. says

    This is so timely an opportunity, as I celebrate today 18 months free of skin cancer and anticipate another collection of scars from arthroscopic shoulder surgery next week. “Letting the scars speak beauty instead of pain”–yes, Lord! This book also reminds me of a pair of breast cancer survivors and a melanoma survivor I know. It sounds like a great resource to go with a meal and a card.

    May the Lord keep Elaine cancer-free and daring to live forward, and keep making all our scars, visible and invisible, into His beauty.

  4. says

    When I reached the end of my cancer treatments, I realized that another battle awaited me … that of soul-surivorship. For months, I buried the emotional wounds that were taking place inside of me. After the physical trauma lessened, the emotional scars more readily surfaced; it was then that I had to make a choice: life on hold or a life lived forward … beyond the scars. I think many patients reach this same point (not all, but most). This book would be a way of helping someone work through the emotional pain and take hold of the hope of Jesus Christ.

  5. Nancy Kourmoulis says

    Thanks for this insight. She has just reached the end of her treatments and I see those emotional wounds rising now that you say that. I can not imagine how difficult this journey is. I pray for her and her sweet family. I pray the Father continues to bless you as you bless others through your gift of empathy.

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