When Cynthia Johnson learned she had contracted cancer for the third time, it would have been easy to give in to the weight of the world pushing down on her shoulders. Is there anything more terrifying, more complicated or lonelier than confronting one’s own mortality? “Should I even try?” she asked herself many times, almost too afraid to look at her own face in the mirror out of the fear of not what, but who, would be staring back at her.
Little by little, piece by tiny piece, Cynthia Johnson found the answers she needed to confront not only her cancer, but her innermost fears, her demons, her worries and what-ifs that nagged loudest when the lights were out and she felt most alone.
But for Cynthia Johnson, her most powerful discovery was that she never was alone. Always a spiritual soul, always deeply awed by the spectacle that is God’s love and grace, Cynthia immersed herself as much into understanding her relationship with The Lord as she dedicated herself to defeating cancer.
As she studied, learned and reflected more on the Fourth Commandment, on God’s true Sabbath, she discovered a liberation that accompanied her readings. The more she believed, the more free she became, until she reach a point where her connection with God was greater than it ever had been before. “Through His grace, through his continuous blessing, we become as He has created us to be,” she says, only now realizing the deeper meaning of words she had only before repeated without truly understanding.
To read and understand Johnson’s memoir is to offer yourself up to follow in her footsteps, to join her in her quest to become a true keeper of the Sabbath, and in so doing, to both know and revere God.
“More than a beautiful story about one woman’s battle with cancer, or even one woman’s spiritual question to understand her Creator, this is a frank and honest love story, not with a man, but with life itself,” said Kathie McGuire, director of Brighton Publishing. “Cynthia Johnson’s plainspoken narrative cuts like a knife, attempting to excise the cancers of society if only her words were enough. And that’s what makes this journey—hers together with her readers—so beautiful.”
Cynthia Johnson grew up in Queens, New York, enjoying a life of joy and excitement. In her teens, she moved with her family to Los Angeles where she remained until graduating high school. Back in Manhattan, working in world’s center of business and commerce, Johnson began to hone her writing skills. In 2003, when first diagnosed with cancer, she began keeping journals of her path back to health. His Grace Is Sufficient is her first traditionally published work.
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