Wisbech singer, song-writer launches third book Standing in the Storm: Living with faith and cancer'
Local singer, song-writer, speaker and author Matt McChlery tells the story of his own personal battle with cancer in his third book out this week.
Published this week and launched at the Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech the book is a memoir of his journey through cancer in 2016.
Matt said: "One in two of us in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives – and all of us who are not will be close to someone who is.
"So when the diagnosis comes, when the storm strikes, where will we go to find strength and comfort?"
That was the question Matt McChlery and his wife, Verity, faced in 2016. Shortly after the loss of an unborn child, they discovered he had life-threatening cancer – Stage Four non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Confronted by such darkness and a brutal treatment programme, Matt found himself wrestling with his faith and a God he thought he knew.
Grounded, honest and vulnerable, 'Standing in the Storm' shares their deeply personal story, and the practical, emotional and spiritual challenges his cancer presented.
Based in part on the blog Matt wrote at the time – which attained a ‘finalist’ position in the Premier Digital Awards in the ‘Most Inspiring Leadership Blog’ category – it tells how his faith came to be the rock that held fast throughout.
Matt said: "I decided to write this book because when I was first diagnosed I really wanted to read something by someone who had faith and yet was also facing cancer.
"I searched and searched, but could not find anything – so I decided to write the book I was looking for myself. Faith can deepen and grow in difficult circumstances, so I wanted to share the hope and comfort it can give to help others.
"If you or someone you know is facing up to cancer, 'Standing in the Storm' will help you find the comfort, hope and inspiration you need to keep going."