Book Review

Getting Beyond Tragedy
by James Phillips Noble

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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 of our
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 National
On Christmas day, 1966, Reverend James Phillips Noble's son Scott fainted, the first
symptoms of his eventual diagnosis with leukemia. The family lived at that time in
Anniston, Alabama. Scott would fight bravely before passing away on Black Sunday,
1968, the day before Easter. Throughout that year-and-a-half and beyond, Phil Noble
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. In including
a number of essays written both by Noble and his wife, Betty Pope Scott, and their
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 offer comfort,
fellowship, and support.

Noble wrote the book to help families touched by the tragedy of children's cancer, and
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. Getting Beyond
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 1956-1971, Noble
was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Anniston, Alabama, where the events
occurred which are described in his book, Beyond the Burning Bus: The Civil Rights
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) Presbyterian
Church. Noble was also Co-President of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian
Church, USA. Noble is married to Betty Pope Scott. They have three children (Betty,
Phil, Jr., and Scott) and two grandchildren. He is retired and living in Decatur, Georgia.

Getting Beyond Tragedy is available through bookstores, online retailers, or from
MBF Press, toll free 866-639-7688, or ISBN: 0-9785311-0-8.
Trade paper, 164 pages, $14.95.

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