Author: Vanessa A. Jackson Austi

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 978-1-4497-3956-0

In the Bible, it states in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” In Vanessa A. Jackson Austin’s short book, Cries in the Wind – God’s Answer, she explores her own path in life dealing with cancer and coming to the realization that God is truly in control and has a reason for her life history.

This one hundred and five page paperback book has a photograph depicting flowers being blown in the wind on the front cover. Besides her story inside, there are seven pages each of topics on her gracious acknowledgements to her caregivers, other cancer survivors’ stories, and additional website resources along with a healing Scripture section, five ways to “stay alive” and information of her other books. Her own heartfelt poetry about God and His love is spread throughout each chapter. This book is ideal to aid and encourage anyone going through the agonizing process of hearing he or she has cancer or any debilitating health issue and yearns for God’s help and peace.

The author writes her own feelings and thoughts during a few years where she was diagnosed and had surgery for breast cancer, had a melanoma scare on her foot and dealt with frozen shoulder and osteoporosis to name a few. Throughout each step in her physical health process, she gives God the glory and relies on Him for her direction, comfort, peace and encouragement. The book has a mirage of Bible verse after Bible verse to remind herself and the reader to constantly consider God’s ways, not our ways as we go through our trials. It is as if she is writing reminder notes on sporadic topics to herself to not concentrate on why she has the disease or health issue, but how to remember and honor the Lord through it on a daily basis.

Austin does a good job focusing on God through each of her trials as she recalls Romans 10:31 that states “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Like so many others with cancer or any other sickness, she was indeed placed on this earth to go through the horrible test of such an illness to be a living testimony to glorify God and be called according to His purpose to be used through her writings and poetry.

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