When I organized the Cancer & Theology guest blog series in the spring of 2012, I had a very clear idea of what I hoped to get out of it. In the original introductory post, I wrote that I wanted to be “stretched in new and imaginative ways in how to think theologically about cancer (and, by extension, other illnesses) and those who have it.” I was much less confident, however, about whether the essays would be helpful for others.
As the series progressed, responses poured in both online and in-person, and it became undeniably clear that Cancer & Theology met a felt need. The responses were overwhelmingly positive: Readers not only expressed gratitude for the opportunity to reflect theologically on illness and death but also deep respect for the contributors’ honesty and faith. Even today, the essays continue to generate comments, emails, etc. from thankful readers.
In order to expand the reach of these marvelous essays, Im thrilled to announce that the Cancer & Theology collection is now available as an e-book.
Edited, designed, and published by Elbow Co.—an indie church resourcing venture operated by myself and Erik Ullestad—the e-book has several exclusives that distinguish it from the online series.1 In addition to the original thirteen essays, it features:
- Three new essays from Adam J. Copeland, Joshua Longbrake, and Greg Syler
- A brand-new introduction from yours truly
- Beautiful, hand-coded layout and design
Cancer & Theology is just $5.99 and is available today exclusively as an Amazon Kindle e-book.2 The design, which features a striking cover and gorgeous typography,3 renders beautifully on Kindle readers as well as iPhones, iPads, Mac and PC computers, and many other devices equipped with a free Kindle app.4 Additionally, 20% of all proceeds from sales of the e-book will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Many thanks to the sixteen authors who contributed to this important collection. When you read Cancer & Theologys diverse assortment of essays, I believe youll be deeply appreciative of their depth, utility, and candor. So go ahead and buy a copy for yourself or for a friend as a gift (and when youre finished, consider leaving a review on the Amazon page).
|Cancer Theology [Kindle Edition]Edited by Jake Bouma Erik Ullestad
$5.99 Kindle Purchase
Purchase at Amazon
- All of the essays from the original series will remain available for free on my blog in perpetuity. 
- It will eventually be available for Apples iBooks (for sure) and Barnes & Nobles nook (hopefully), but is exclusive to Kindle for the time being. A print version is in the works as well. 
- For the curious, the main body text is set in Iowan Old Style, and the essay headings, blockquotes, etc. are set in Avenir Next. These fonts are actually embedded in the e-book file itself—taking advantage of them requires the selection of Publisher Font in Kindles View Options preferences. 
- After countless hours of coding and testing for the various Kindle devices and apps, I have a new and abiding respect for well-designed e-books.