Please join me in welcoming Becky Baudouin to the blog today! Her new book is about a topic currently close to my own heart ♥
Becky Baudouin (pronounced Beau-dwen) is a freelance writer and speaker and a former columnist for Chicago’s Daily Herald newspaper. Her three daughters supplied her with enough material for a five-year run with her column, “A Mom’s Point of View.” She has written for the marriage ministry at Willow Creek Community Church where she is an active member, and several of her articles have been published in Focus on the Family’s magazine.
Baudouin loves speaking just as much as writing and speaks at Chicago-area MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups and women’s events on topics such as parenting, marriage and faith. She believes in the power of groups and helps lead marriage and grief workshops, walking alongside those in seasons of difficulty and loss. She loves to cook and works part-time as a personal prep chef. Her favorite place to be is around her dining room table, sharing great food and connecting with family and friends.
She grew up in northern Michigan and now lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Bernie, and their three daughters.
Her book – Cancer, Faith & Unexpected Joy – released September 26, 2017 from Kregel.
A memoir equipping readers to face death from a Christian perspective
“I’ve taught you how to live; now I want to teach you how to die. You don’t have to be afraid.”
When Becky Baudouin’s mother spoke those words to her, they weren’t said lightly. Her mother had just been told she had an inoperable tumor and there was no hope for a longer life. There was, however, assurance of everlasting life to come.
In Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy Baudouin shares her insights on fear, loss, and grief. These honest insights are applicable to everyone’s story, not just her own–and extend real comfort to every reader. Questions for personal reflection or group discussion help both those who are losing a loved one and those who are facing death, and her story reveals that God is the only source for a spirit’s true healing.
For anyone living with the tension of wanting to hold on yet needing to let go, Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy demonstrates a powerful and profound love.
Hi Becky! Welcome to the blog!
Becky: Apples. For the sweet taste and crisp texture, and they are easier to eat 🙂
Carrie: I completely agree!
Becky: Winter (am I the only one?). I love being cozy indoors (cooking, reading, watching T.V.) and freshly fallen snow on the trees takes my breath away every time. Oh, and I hate gardening and yard work.
Carrie: You are NOT the only one… though you and I are in the definite minority in this informal survey of mine.
Becky: Dogs. Actually, I don’t love either, but I love my dog.
Carrie: Well that’s all that matters, really 🙂
Becky: Coffee in the morning, herbal tea at night.
Carrie: Diet coke, no matter the time of day!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Becky: Being able to truly multi-task—and the ability to listen to each of my daughters when they are all talking to me at the same time.
Carrie: I have discovered my ability to multi-task has diminished as I’ve gotten older lol.
Q: Which books are “on your nightstand”?
Becky: The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd; Parenting, Paul David Tripp; Letting Go, Coburn & Treeger; Helping Groups Heal, Jan Paul Hook
Carrie: I love the variety!
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Becky: That I don’t think ahead! I never have the stuff people ask for, like Kleenex, Tylenol, band-aids…
Q: Why write about cancer and joy? Why is that topic important to you?
Becky: What my mom taught me about how to live and how to die—This book is very personal to me, obviously, but it contains lessons for all of us about life and death for that are inspiring and profound. My mom was intentional in life and death, and she approached both with a posture of surrender.
Carrie: ‘a posture of surrender’ – I just saw that lived out in my mother-in-law’s death (4 Mondays after her cancer diagnosis). Even in that short time, Kathy lived intentionally and, yes, even with joy because of her faith and trust in Jesus. It was moving to me. ♥
Q: What is something that surprised you as you wrote this book?
Becky: This is a memoir, and one of the threads in this book is my own grief journey. I was surprised by how healing it was for me to turn my heart inside out and pour out my loss through words. I felt God comfort me and heal me as I wrote the pages of this book.
Carrie: He is so sweet, isn’t He?
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy?
Becky: I want readers to experience that same thing—God healing them as they read my story. There is a lot of take away and points of connection. Some readers may think, “That’s exactly how I feel! She put it into words and it resonates with me.” Others may think, “That’s not exactly what I experienced, but here is what I feel and where I’m at on my journey…” The questions for reflection and/or small group discussion at the end of the book are designed to help readers connect more deeply with my story and journal their own.
Carrie: That’s great!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Becky: Everything that goes along with the book launch, and working on my next book proposal 🙂
What about you? Who has inspired you by living intentionally in spite of pain?