Many of you will remember Jim Beaver, who used to contribute regularly to
this group. I don't know if he's still on the list, but I do know that he
has a book coming out in a few days. The Amazon description is below.
*Life’s That Way* is a modern-day Book of Job. In August 2003, Jim Beaver, a
character actor whom many know from the popular HBO series Deadwood, and his
wife Cecily learned what they thought was the worst news possible— their
daughter Maddie was autistic. Then six weeks later the roof fell in—Cecily
was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer.
Jim immediately began writing a nightly e-mail as a way to keep more than
one hundred family and friends up to date about Cecily’s condition. Soon
four thousand people a day, from all around the world, were receiving them.
Initially a cathartic exercise for Jim, the prose turned into an
unforgettable journey for his readers.
Cecily died four months after being diagnosed, but Jim continued the e-mails
for a year after her diagnosis, revealing how he and Maddie coped with
Cecily’s death and how they managed to move forward. *Life’s That Way* is a
compilation of those nightly e-mails. Jim’s experience is universal for
anybody who has lost a loved one. But *Life’s That Way* is not solely about
loss. It is an immediate, day-by-day account of living through a nightmare
but also of discovering the joy of a child, of being on the receiving end of
unthinkable kindness, and of learning to navigate life anew. As Jim says,
these are hard-won blessings. But then again, life’s that way.
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