About the Author - I see this book as part of a life-long search for “what life is all about.” As a boy, growing up in the hills of Kentucky, I seldom received satisfactory answers to my questions about God and life and why bad things happened to seemingly good people. I became convinced I needed to conduct myself as Jesus had if I was going to ever please God. By the time I was seventeen, I felt so guilty for not being able to achieve my near-perfect standard, I gave up trying.
For the next twenty plus years, I used my quick wit and sharp tongue to keep any talk of God at least an arm’s length away from me. About age forty, a growing emptiness that I couldn’t fill convince me to start again searching to “figure life out.” I found no satisfactory answers until I met Reverend Carol Ruth Knox three years later. She helped me realize God was not a white-haired figure in flowing robes who resided in some far-off corner of the Universe, but an everywhere-present, all-knowing, all-powerful presence that lived inside me. She said that if I remained aware, I could see God all around me. For the first time, I heard a message that resonated with the core of my being. I knew this was Truth with a capital “T”.
In 2009, life presented me with the opportunity to fulfill my long-held desire to know God on a more personal level. My precious wife Carol was diagnosed with Stage 3, Level C ovarian cancer. This wasn’t the path I’d expect on my way to God, but this is the path I’ve been given. These past three years have been my “graduate course” in deepening my relationship with the Divine. I have experienced a curious mixture of great pain and great joy. I have seen God in the faces of doctors, nurses, cancer patients and the patients’ families. There has been an abundance of loving kindness from perfect strangers. Finally, I have loved and been loved more deeply than I could ever imagine. I have come to know that God is right here, right now, in the midst of this terrible disease called cancer. But my search isn’t over and I don’t expect it to reach its end until my end. “Wherever I am, God is, and all is well.”