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W Publishing celebrates “Praying Through Cancer” surpassing 100K sales milestone, releases newly designed edition

(Nashville, Tenn.) — W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, today announced Praying Through Cancer: A 90-Day Devotional for Women, by Susan Sorensen and the late Laura Geist, has sold more than 100,000 copies in print and digital formats. On August 10, the book—which debuted in 2006—will release again, honoring the memory of Geist who passed in 2012, and introducing the time-honored content to a new generation of readers. The renewed edition is beautifully packaged with a foil-embossed cover.

Praying Through Cancer is written specifically for cancer patients by cancer patients with insight, wisdom, and clarity found only through personal trial. Along with the authors’ stories of their own journeys through cancer, the book includes the experiences of women who faced cancer and with triumphant spirits, found comfort and sometimes even joy in the midst of it. Contributors include Kay Warren, Pat Palau, Barbara Johnson, Joyce Wright, and many more.

A mix of Scripture verses and prayers, inspirational stories, and tips of the day, the devotional has become a mainstay for both those who are enduring cancer as well as their loving support systems.

Through the years, we have been so grateful that God has used His truths throughout the devotionals and prayers in Praying Through Cancer to set hearts free from fear in this difficult journey of cancer,” said Sorensen. “We are delighted to see our little pink book get a new beautiful cover that we hope and pray will encourage even more women in the years to come!”

“Laura would be so gratified to see how this little book has blessed so many lives,” said Gordon Geist, husband of the late Geist. “She felt that she had received a direct message from the Lord and that she should write it with Susan. He seems to have confirmed her vision.”

“When this devotional was originally released, many readers who were newly diagnosed or undergoing cancer treatments expressed their gratefulness to have this tool as a sort of ‘companion’ to strengthen their faith,” said Damon Reiss, v-p and publisher, W Publishing Group. “That this this book continues to provide comfort 15 years later is such a testament to the authors and the brave women who shared their stories in this book. We are honored to present this beautified new edition and pray it continues to uplift those coping with cancer.”

Susan Sorensen journeyed through thyroid cancer at age nineteen and breast cancer at forty-one. A speaker and author of books and Bible studies, she continues to point others on the cancer journey to a God who can set hearts free from fear. Susan serves on the staff of her church overseeing women’s ministry and leading the adult ministry team. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband of thirty-three years. They are the parents of two adult sons.

Laura Geist was diagnosed with breast cancer at forty and courageously battled it for ten years before going to be with the Lord in 2012. With a master’s degree in journalism, she was a freelance writer for many publications including Automotive News, the Chicago Tribune, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Based in Michigan with her husband and two adult children, Laura spoke often to women’s groups about finding hope in Jesus amidst the pain of cancer.

Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.

Contact: Allison Carter, Director of Publicity, W Publishing, Allison.Carter@harpercollins.com