Strength Renewed: Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer

Self-Help and Personal Development, Religion & Spirituality, Health, Mind & Body

By Shirley Corder

Publisher : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing House

ABOUT Shirley Corder

Shirley Corder
I am an author, registered nurse and cancer survivor (1997). I am also a pastor's wife. I live in the beautiful Eastern Cape of South Africa with Rob, my husband of well over 40 years, a lively Jack Russell terrior who answers to the name of Zoё, and a hyperactive budgie named Sparkie. < More...


Nothing can sap a person's strength and hope quite like a cancer diagnosis--unless it is the energy-stealing chemotherapy and surgeries faced in the fight against cancer. But one can find hope and strength in the pages of Scripture and in the experience of someone who has been there.

Strength Renewed is an encouraging daily devotional for those living in the valley of cancer. Meditations combine Scripture and stories from the author's own experience and can be read in sequential order to move the reader through a typical cancer journey from diagnosis through treatment. Each devotion also stands on its own, so readers can go directly to the entry that speaks to their need. Each meditation concludes with a short prayer and a Scripture verse for encouragement.

In 1997, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer with spread - and a poor prognosis. As a Christian, a registered nurse, and an avid reader, I searched in vain for a book that would build me up spiritually as well as give me some understanding of what was happening to my body. I kept a journal, and in 2010 I started writing the book I had looked for. I live in South Africa, but I knew the only chance of it getting published was to get it into the hands of an American publisher. But how? Out of the blue, I received miraculous sponsorship that covered all the necessary expenses to get me to the Florida Christian Writers Conference. There I met the acquisition editor for Revell/Baker. Two years later, the book was published. This is God's book!

"In this book, you will find Shirley Corder to be transparent and humble as she struggles through each phase of cancer treatment. Her faith and strength in the midst of her circumstances will help the reader be renewed as she was."  Yvonne Ortega (Speaker, Licensed Professional Counselor and Author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer)


Every pithy and compassionate meditation contains both encouragement and empathy that is sure to minister strength to those walking the rocky road of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Shirley Corder has walked that road and emerged changed but stronger. She knows whereof she speaks from both the medical side and the patient side. If you or someone you love is fighting the cancer battle, get them this book! I believe the gift will prove to be among the greatest acts of kindness you can do for them. I intend to obtain multiple copies and pass them out, not only to those dealing with breast cancer, but any kind of cancer. Jill Elizabeth Nelson  . . . Stolen art. Guarded hearts. A lethal combination . . . To Catch a Thief Series


"I just finished reading Shirley Corder's new book: Strength Renewed, Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer. I found it to be spiritually deep and a delight to read. Each devotion covers two pages and gives practical suggestions to the reader, as well as a lovely prayer and scripture verse. This book will minister to everyone that reads it, not just to those that suffer from physical ailments or cancer. It was a delight to read and learn from. Thank you Shirley for this extraordinary book! I pray that it will touch lives for Christ around the globe."
Denise George - Author of I Am My Sister's Keeper.