Deep Breathing: Finding Calm Amid Cancer Anxiety


When a scary reality invades our lives, God invites us to meet anxiety with faith. Readers who are experiencing cancer, or know someone who is, will find Deep Breathing: Finding Calm amid Cancer Anxiety, by Mary Holder Naegeli, to be real, uplifting, and reassuring. Mary’s six-month chronicle of her lung cancer odyssey invites us to breathe deeply and receive the gift of God’s tender love.



A cancer diagnosis is upsetting to anyone, but life-threatening illness can be navigated without terror.

When pastor Mary Holder Naegeli was told she had lung cancer, her world shifted into slow motion. Prone to anxiety and worry, she learned how to stay calm, curious, and courageous through her aggressive treatments—by accepting her illness as a test of faith and surrendering to God her life and death. With realism and humor she chronicled her growing discovery of God’s safety and security.

In Deep Breathing: Finding Calm amid Cancer Anxiety, Mary guides those facing dangerous illness toward calming faith in God’s might and mercy. Deep Breathing is structured around the church year and its hopeful rhythms. The author grapples with life’s basic questions of Why me? and What does this mean? through

  • ADVENT—welcoming the waiting room
  • CHRISTMAS—treasuring the gifts we’re given
  • EPIPHANY—opening our eyes to God in action
  • LENT—examining our soul condition to pursue healing
  • EASTER—celebrating resurrection hope


Mary’s style is reflective, grounded, and encouraging. She helps readers embrace faith that survives life’s upheavals. Discover how to slow down, discern right thinking, and loosen anxiety’s grip as you hold fast to the One who holds you. Deep Breathing is also an excellent resource for pastors, caregivers, and medical professionals seeking insight into the patient’s experience.

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Weight 1.142 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 0.78530 × 9 in
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