Touching The Shadows
by Bruce Nygren
This book has sat on my shelf for a very long time…I think almost 2 years. There were several times I wanted to pick it up and read it, but each time I always placed it back on my shelf. Then came Valentine’s month, February, and I thought it would be fun to do a Valentine’s giveaway on my blog. I searched the many titles I have to see which ones would fit the “Valentine’s” feel, and this book lured me to it. As I read the inside flap, I was again intrigued by the story. I thought, “Hmmm, maybe I should read it first before I give it away…”. I read it, and now I am happy to write my review of it. Unfortunately my Valentine’s giveaway never happened, but because of that idea I was rewarded with a good book about faithful love!
Touching the Shadows has been accurately described by its byline, “A Love Tested and Renewed”. The story follows Racinda’s journey through the life of Bruce who has just received the most terrible news he could ever imagine. His wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Their marriage was not picture perfect to begin with, and although they had grown apart through the years, this news crushed Bruce. Through the many trials associated with cancer, Bruce and Racinda’s love was reignited as they began to lean on one another as they faced cancer together. Their marriage became stronger with each battle, and although cancer is known as a disease that destroys, it was the battle with cancer that enabled them to mend their marriage and bring new life to their love for one another.
Bruce wrote a very touching story. One that I was pulled into from page one, and kept me intrigued throughout the telling until I finished the last page. It was a story full of emotion which Bruce articulately captured as he shared his and Racinda’s story with the reader. He was open, truthful, and because of this I shared their story…anticipating the outcome, and hoping the story’s ending would be a happy one.
Yes, I was encouraged by the story. I was educated too. The author, Bruce Nygren, brought the statistics of cancer to the reader in a way that enhanced the struggle him and his wife were going through. As I have never experienced breast cancer, or known of someone who has, this information was very helpful in understand certain aspects of cancer and of its affects.
This is a book about love too. Real love, the kind that goes beyond the physical. It’s a book you’ll want to share with the younger reader, between 16 – 20 years, because it showcases a love of commitment, not just of convenience. Bruce is a great example of a man who loves his wife for who she is (flaws and all), and not for what she can do for him, or how she looks, although he is attracted to her as well. It’s the same with Racinda too. They both discovered a deeper love of one another. This is a wonderful message to share with the younger generation!
I would recommend this book to any person who is going through or knows of someone who is going through the battle with cancer. By sharing Touching the Shadows with them, they will not only receive encouragement but also information that will help them walk the road ahead of them. This book is also for those who are struggling with marital difficulties. In reading the Nygren’s journey, you will find hope in the midst of your struggles. And if you’re like me, unmarried and not battling cancer, you’ll still want to read this book because no matter where you are in life, there are obstacles to face; trials that seem to overwhelm us, and I believe this book can be of encouragement to you during those trying times.
By now I hope you are wondering what happened to Bruce and Racinda, well…you’ll just have to pick up the book to find out! 🙂