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Notes From the Valley

Andy Mcquitty
Notes From the Valley
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Notes From the Valley

Andy Mcquitty

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Andy McQuitty officially entered the Valley of the Shadow of Death at 2:58 PM on July 14, 2009, with these post-colonoscopy words from his doctor. "Andy, you have a massive tumor that has broken through the wall of your colon. It's cancer. It's serious. Get in here now."

More than a warning of mortal danger, for Andy and the roughly 1,665,540 new cancer patients diagnosed in America this year, that pronouncement was an emotional and spiritual change of address to the land that David calls the "valley of the shadow of death" in the twenty-third psalm.

Yet the serendipity Andy discovered in that Valley mirrors that of King David, whose experience of God's presence was magnified, not diminished, by the shadow of death. He found that the joy of his walk in faith with Jesus Christ actually increased with the difficulty of the terrain. He found that, though the Valley presents new difficulties, it also teams with deep blessings. And in the grateful discovery of God's faithfulness to His children in the Valley, he found that he had a compelling desire to encourage the many travelers who would soon follow him there.

And so, in the persona of a travel writer sending notes back from the desert valley of the shadow of death, this stage-four cancer survivor writes to those who want gut level answers to questions like:

"Is God as big after I get sick as when I was well?"
"Why did God let me get cancer?"
"Is it God's will to heal me and how on earth do I pray about that?"
"How can I endure this suffering?"
"Can any good thing come of all this wretched waiting and uncertainty?"
"If this Valley is indeed the beginning of the end, how can I face that?"
"What are the most important things for me to see and do in this Valley of the Shadow of Death?"

Notes from the Valley was written for anyone on their cancer journey who is craving words of God's wisdom for their journey that are simultaneously pastoral, evangelistic, theological, and, most of all, authentic.



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Andy McQuitty officially entered the Valley of the Shadow of Death at 2:58 PM on July 14, 2009, with these post-colonoscopy words from his doctor. "Andy, you have a massive tumor that has broken through the wall of your colon. It's cancer. It's serious. Get in here now."

More than a warning of mortal danger, for Andy and the roughly 1,665,540 new cancer patients diagnosed in America this year, that pronouncement was an emotional and spiritual change of address to the land that David calls the "valley of the shadow of death" in the twenty-third psalm.

Yet the serendipity Andy discovered in that Valley mirrors that of King David, whose experience of God's presence was magnified, not diminished, by the shadow of death. He found that the joy of his walk in faith with Jesus Christ actually increased with the difficulty of the terrain. He found that, though the Valley presents new difficulties, it also teams with deep blessings. And in the grateful discovery of God's faithfulness to His children in the Valley, he found that he had a compelling desire to encourage the many travelers who would soon follow him there.

And so, in the persona of a travel writer sending notes back from the desert valley of the shadow of death, this stage-four cancer survivor writes to those who want gut level answers to questions like:

"Is God as big after I get sick as when I was well?"
"Why did God let me get cancer?"
"Is it God's will to heal me and how on earth do I pray about that?"
"How can I endure this suffering?"
"Can any good thing come of all this wretched waiting and uncertainty?"
"If this Valley is indeed the beginning of the end, how can I face that?"
"What are the most important things for me to see and do in this Valley of the Shadow of Death?"

Notes from the Valley was written for anyone on their cancer journey who is craving words of God's wisdom for their journey that are simultaneously pastoral, evangelistic, theological, and, most of all, authentic.


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Meet the Author

Andy Mcquitty

John Merritt is the founding pastor on staff at CrossWinds Church, an influential institution in San Francisco's East Bay. He serves as a consultant, coach, and speaker for a network of San Francisco Bay-area pastors and their churches. John has been called "a pastor trapped in an adventurer's body" because when he's not behind a pulpit, you'll find him lobster diving, helicopter skiing, hauling in yellow fin tuna, or rocketing over whitewater in the Grand Canyon.

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    table Of Contents:

    foreword By Matt Chandler
    introduction: Travel Tips For The Valley
    chapter One: Story
    chapter Two: Immanuel
    chapter Three: Believe
    chapter Four: Stars, Stars, Stars
    chapter Five: Crossing Over
    chapter Six: Hope
    chapter Seven: Value
    chapter Eight: Love
    chapter Nine: Wait
    chapter Ten: Live
    epilogue

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