Beyond the Bend

Beyond the Bend

Barry Blackstone


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Journey with a family through six months in "the valley of the shadow of death" as an aggressive lung cancer takes a beloved, firstborn son through the worst battle of his life. A Purple Heart recipient from the Afghan war, Scott's war with cancer will highlight and underline the survival on a distant battlefield only to die on a familiar home front. Share the thoughts and memories of a dad reflecting on the irony of the number forty, and read of his memories of his past that helped him endure one of the greatest tragedies of his life, the death of his son in his fortieth year. Witness the miracles in the midst of the misery as family and friends rally to help this family cope with an incurable disease. Note the sadness that comes when this father's father passes away at the height of his grandson's struggle for survival. Hear the glimmer of hope that comes from looking "beyond" to happier and fairer days coming in the blessed place called heaven. See the faith that sustains through insomnia and illness, heartache and heartbreak. Learn the precepts from the Bible that that will not only help one understand the process but understand the purpose of why someone so young passes away. This book is more about departing than dying; more about heaven than earth; and more about acceptance than bitterness.


Barry Blackstone:
Barry Blackstone is a country pastor from Maine who for nearly forty years has ministered in New England. Barry's wonderful partner and companion for this journey is his dear wife, Coleen. Pastor Blackstone is the author of Though None Go With Me, Though One Go With Me, Rendezvous In Paris, and Scotland Journey, all published Resource Publications.