Recommended Reading

 Book List for cancer survivors and supporters, families & friends. Excellent Children’s Books!




Help Me Live: 20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know! ~by Lori Hope

This book gives great insight into how your attitude and the way you communicate can have a positive effect on your loved one’s cancer experience.

Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do ~by Greg Anderson

This straightforward book provides the single best summing up of a healthy approach to a cancer diagnosis that I’ve seen.  It covers the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of a return to health, and sums up wisdom gained from those who have recovered against the odds. It also includes some helpful information on nutritional supplements.

Tickles Tabitha’s Cancer-tankerous Mommy ~Amelia Frahm

This unique children’s book is a poignant, humorous story about a family who love one another, minus the sap. This book is a must have for the kids of the cancer fighter in your life!

What is Cancer Anyway? Explaining Cancer to Children of All Ages ~Karen L Karney

This hopeful book allows children to be hopeful and also shows them how the family member can promise to be honest with them if they are getting better or worse through characters in the book. The cuddly characters can be ordered by calling or emailing with the information provided in the book.

When Someone You Love Has Cancer: A Guide to Help Kids Cope ~by Alaric Lewis

Are young children involved? This book will help you explain how they might feel when someone in their family has cancer -– and how to cope with those feelings.

Past Caring: The Beginning Not the End~by Audrey Jenkinson

Whether you’re a current or past caregiver, you can find a lot of insight in these pages. Many caregivers describe their experiences and challenges, and the author offers advice and insight on how to overcome those challenges.

Cancer For Two: An Inspiring True Story and Guide for Cancer Patients and Their Partners ~by David Balch

This memoir of a husband’s experience of supporting his wife through breast cancer is interwoven with chapters giving skills for coping. I found it to have sound principals throughout.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book: 101 Stories of Courage, Support & Love

~Jack Canfield (Author), Mark Victor Hansen (Author), David Tabatsky (Author)

A support group you can hold in your hand, this loving and inspirational collection of intimate stories,by cancer patients and their loved ones, medical professionals, clergy and friends, is a must-read for anyone affected by cancer.

Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips~Kris Carr

Carr gathers the lessons learned and advice offered from Carr’s own journey, as well as the experiences of her cancer posse. Full-color photos accompany personal stories and candid revelations in this scrapbook of advice, warnings, and resources for the cancer patient.

The Chemotherapy Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Get Through Treatment

~by Tamera Schacher, Judith McKay

If chemotherapy is part of your treatment, it helps to understand the mechanism so that you can visualize the benefits.This book will also help you to understand the possible side effects and how to avoid or alleviate them.

A Gentle Dying: The Simple Guide to Achieving a Peaceful Death ~by Felicity Warner

If someone in your family is approaching the end of their life, they may want to explore what this means to them. This book will help family members find the courage to do this with them and to create the kind of peaceful death we would all want. A comforting companion for facing the greatest challenge we can imagine, this book covers the spiritual aspects and therapies of a cancer battle covered in depth.

 The Shack~ by William P. Young

Opinion is divided on this book, which is a fictional account exploring how God can allow suffering. I found it a very enlightening read. Cancer is not directly addressed in the book, but it could give insight to anyone who is questioning their faith as a result of illness in the family.

When God & Cancer Meet~Lynn Eib

A book of powerful stories about cancer patients and their families who have been touched by God in miraculous ways—some in their bodies, others in their minds, all in their spirits—offers inspiring testimony that, when God and cancer meet, cancer is conquered. The author, herself a cancer survivor, gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of 18 personal encounters with God.