I received my recent purchase from Eighth Day Books in the mail the other day:

The Theology of Illness, by Jean-Claude Larchet

The same day I found out that my very good friend’s sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer just after her 38th birthday in September. She and her husband have 3 small children and her husband was laid-off from his job a few months ago. He has been looking for work, but so far nothing has materialized. She had a double mastectomy and the doctors found cancer in her lymph nodes, requiring additional surgery. She is now undergoing chemotherapy. Lord, have mercy.