Longwood, Florida (PressExposure) April 13, 2007 -- When a father is diagnosed with terminal cancer, his son's desire to record a few thoughts about the experience soon becomes an obsession to capture each precious moment. Rich with meaning and emotion, For as Long as I Can: A Son's Memoir of His Father's Dying Request ($17.99, 1-597816-51-5) by Roland Cavanaugh is a true story whose formation came about under a once-in-a-lifetime scenario: the reconciliation that took place in the last eight weeks of a largely absent father's life with his son.
A fresh portrait of grace and hope, For as Long as I Can offers a message so critical in a world filled with broken relationships, especially relationships damaged by divorce. From the shock of learning of his father's cancer to the struggle with being asked to conduct his funeral, this is ultimately a story of the triumph of the human spirit. But more than that, it is a story of the triumph of God's grace as evidenced in the life of the author, his father, and his family.
Within the pages readers will find help with such critical issues as divorce (especially from a grown child's perspective), the effects of alcoholism on families, Alzheimer's disease and how families deal with it, and end-of-life issues, to name a few. Written as a journal, perhaps the book's most powerful "takeaway" is how a family can come together in the midst of very trying circumstances, no matter what they are.