You are going to be hearing a lot about a new book called Days Like These over the coming days. I received a short note about the book from Shona Martyn from Harper Collins Publishers which I think deserves to be shared. Here it is…
Amazing news. This morning Oprah Winfrey has sent us a statement we can use to promote the most special book – DAYS LIKE THESE by Kristian Anderson (with Rachel Anderson).
“Kristian was an inspiration to us all, the way he handled cancer with fierce grace. I was so moved after meeting him and seeing how much he appreciated his family, and every precious moment. He taught us how to LIVE with cancer. The Light he left on earth will not be dimmed by his passing.”
One of Kristian’s last wishes was that his writings be turned into a book – a lasting legacy for his wee sons Cody, 5, and Jakob, 2. Rachel has also contributed to the book and gives the perspective a young mum facing the illness and loss of the man she loves.
Please help support this family by spreading the word about this book (released April 2). HarperCollins is also making a donation for every copy sold to Rachel’s preferred charity Bear Cottage, a hospice that helps families cope with the impossible – to care for a child who has a life-limiting illness.
It has been a privilege to publish this book.
SHONA MARTYN | PUBLISHING DIRECTOR | HarperCollinsPublishers Australia
Days Like These : If you missed the moving interviews with Rachel on Today Tonight and Sunrise, please see the links below:
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When Kristian wanted to show his wife Rachel how much he loved her after learning he was terminally ill, he ended up winning a million hearts around the world, thanks to the now famous YouTube video he made for her 35th birthday.
Social media is often condemned as trivial but this heartfelt and moving tribute by a young Australian father of two and his battle with cancer drew attention to a much larger story we all wanted to know and of an ordeal so many families face alone.
Like Oprah, who invited Kristian and Rachel on her show, and Hugh Jackman, who helped make one of Kristian’s dreams come true by appearing on the tribute, many of us didn’t know him but we were so inspired by him that we felt like we did.
He touched lives, gave hope and left behind a precious legacy that will mean a longer and better quality of life for thousands of cancer sufferers.
His story, told in his own words from his blog entries, with additions from his beloved Rachel, will inspire others to know that even in the darkest moments, the light can shine through.