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.
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.
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!