Dear Deb ~ Book Review

“‘ What stories could possibly make cancer worth it?” ~This is the question that Margaret Terry had before her as she proceeded to write letters to her friend, Deb, in her final months of living with cancer.

Book description: 

“I want you to know that if my illness inspired you to write these stories, the cancer was worth it.”—Deb

What stories could possibly make cancer worth it?

Stories that represent a miracle—a lifetime of miracles. Stories that changed the writer as she wrote them and stories that will touch the heart of the reader, one by one by one. Stories that are not just stories.

They started out as words of encouragement to a dying woman. They turned into a collection of sparkling and intimate moments, pulled from the past to finally be understood and shared with new meaning.

Story by story, letter by letter, Margaret Terry uncovered powerful pictures in her own life of the one truth that could help carry her friend Deb from this life to the next: God is at work.

Together, Deb and Margaret found renewed hope in all the ways God shows up right to the very end. Which is where they found the miracle they’d been praying for all along. In each other.


Probably one of the most unique books I have ever read.   The premise is simple: letters written from one friend to another while she struggled in the remaining months of her life. Over the course of 6 months, more than 100 letters were written to Deb from Margaret.  Letters that started out as encouragement quickly turned into stories from Margaret’s life and pain as a single mother, estranged from her own dad.

Each chapter is a letter~55 in all. Short stories is what they are. Each one carrying a theme of redemption, grace and hope. Simple stories that we all have but sometimes miss the point. Margaret, through her letters, is showing us all that our stories have merit. There is a purpose.

” I kept writing. She was too sick to eat, but not too sick to read. Deb’s illness gave me the chance to press my face against the window of my life, and what I saw was startling~ I saw miracles that had been waiting for me to give them a voice.”‘ ~ xviii (The Inspiration~Foreword)
” Grace has always been a mystery to me, how it appears when I least expect it. How it sometimes makes me feel unworthy instead of grateful.” ~Page 19

Letters like “When God Shows Up” gave me chills.  Or when Margaret talks about her son’s drug addiction.  Or the one about her dad coming to visit after a 20 year absence.

Stories of hope for everyone.  Touching.  Inspiring. Full of grace. And she has a great sense of humor too.

This book is a gem. It is a great gift book but such an easy read , it is perfect for those days when you just need a lift.



Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson


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