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Unique book tells of confronting tragedy from perspective of family
"Phil Noble bravely and generously allows us into the immense tragedy
of the loss of
his precious son, Scott. While Getting Beyond Tragedy does not answer
the question of
w y tragedy happens-because it cannot-it reminds us that in the depths
anguish we cannot rely on our own understanding, but we must trust
in the Lord with
all our hearts." - Kristin Connor, Attorney and Senior VP, CureSearch
On Christmas day, 1966, Reverend James Phillips Noble's son Scott fainted,
symptoms of his eventual diagnosis with leukemia. The family lived
at that time in
Anniston, Alabama. Scott would fight bravely before passing away on
1968, the day before Easter. Throughout that year-and-a-half and beyond,
recorded his thoughts and emotions in poetry, presented for the first
time in his new
book, Getting Beyond Tragedy.
Getting Beyond Tragedy, however, is more than just one father's reflections.
a number of essays written both by Noble and his wife, Betty Pope Scott,
children Betty and Phil Jr., Getting Beyond Tragedy is a work that
speaks to all members
of families coping with tragedy, in hopes that the stories within will
fellowship, and support.
Noble wrote the book to help families touched by the tragedy of children's
the author's proceeds will go toward research to help find a cure.
Yet, the messages of
faith and understanding in the book will be of significance to any
family facing loss.
Especially notable is Noble's heartfelt, thoughtful essay, "Tragedy
and the Will of God,"
which examines those unanswerable questions that come with tragedy.
Tragedy, already hailed by clergy and cancer organizations alike, is
both a moving
reflection and an important tool for those dealing with grief.
The Reverend J. Phillips Noble grew up in Learned, Mississippi. From
was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Anniston, Alabama, where
occurred which are described in his book, Beyond the Burning Bus: The
Revolution in a Southern Town. Over his career, he also served pastorates
in Georgia and
South Carolina, the last of which was Charleston's historic First (Scots)
Church. Noble was also Co-President of the Board of Pensions of the
Church, USA. Noble is married to Betty Pope Scott. They have three
Phil, Jr., and Scott) and two grandchildren. He is retired and living
in Decatur, Georgia.
Getting Beyond Tragedy is available through bookstores, online retailers,
MBF Press, toll free 866-639-7688, or www.mbfpress.com/gbt. ISBN: 0-9785311-0-8.
Trade paper, 164 pages, $14.95.