James Littleton's new book,
Healed throughCancer, and Other Adversities
Book Description for Back Cover
In this book James Littleton, age fifty-three, happily married father of nineteen children, shares, both pragmatically and spiritually, his fascinating, self-reflective, and inspirational journey with Cancer (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) from diagnosis through numerous courses of chemotherapy and an eventual stem-cell (bone marrow) transplant. Besides the obvious difficulties involved, he writes of the many forms of healing that actually arise out of cancer and other serious adversities. In these pages the reader will find much consolation, encouragement, helpful insights, increased hope, faith, and fortitude, as well as some useful resolutions. This book is intended for all people of any and all religious backgrounds and beliefs. The author points to the Merciful Divine Physician who is the One who heals in diverse and mysterious ways.
Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all. (Luke 6:19)
Transformative, compelling, and filled with hope! Littleton literally pours out his soul to share with others the profound peace that is gained when we join our suffering with Christ’s. Healed through Cancer is a testament that anyone and everyone can experience healing if they avail themselves of His mercy and love!
DeeAnn Smith, Catholic Radio Talk Show Host,Austin,TX
I am privileged to recommend the book Healed through Cancer. The path that the author James Littleton has walked is very inspirational. The fact that he invited God to join him on each step of the journey is a great act of faith. The hand that James was dealt was one that all of us fear. James did not shirk from this hand and instead embraced it through God and scripture. A marvelous journey of success through hope, humor, prayer, family, and faith. A great read for all.
Audrey Zavodsky, PhD, Sports Faith International Hall of Fame Race Driver
Jesus said, “Ask, and you shall receive,” but he didn't say what we'd receive. So many people assume that we receive what we ask for. But our Father knows our needs better than we do, and often He gives us the healing we need rather than the one we want. We're healed through poverty, illness, adversity—even cancer. James Littleton has known such healing and wants us to know it, too. This book will surely arrive as an answer to many people's prayers.
Mike Aquilina, author and EWTN host
Healed through Cancer, and Other Adversities is a profound but deeply personal story of one man's response to serious illness. James Littleton writes of his own story: how a businessman and father of 19 children, struck by cancer in the form of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, responds to the challenges of such a terrible illness, with the help of his family. He writes of being sustained constantly by their prayers, and by their sacrifices as they ease his discomfort and support one another. Each word of this book is emotionally personal and moving, and manifests the true motivation behind Mr. Littleton's ability to persevere: his faith, which is also the cornerstone of his recovery.
The book consists of a series of meditations, interspersed with a chronology of suffering, treatment, and recovery. Anyone who is suffering from a life-threatening illness, or supporting a family member or friend who so suffers, will find sources of support for their own struggles in the examples found in the book. Anyone who has ever wrestled with life's problems will find resonance with Mr. Littleton's words of his own tremendous challenges.
Healed through Cancer, and Other Adversities is certainly a testament to Mr. Littleton's Catholic faith and to the strength and support which this faith offers. The book is, at the same time, eminently accessible and understandable to people of all faiths, or anyone seeking to understand the comforts of faith. Mr. Littleton translates his deeply personal and profound spiritual struggles and thoughts into a style that is pleasing and easy to understand.
Rev. Msgr. Richard Soseman,Vatican City
This book is a catechesis for joyful living, written with the eloquence of one who in his sufferings has intimately experienced the love of the Cross. It is for those who suffer from illness, from impatience, from pride, from sin, from fallen human nature…it is a book for everyone. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
David H. Delaney, PhD, Academic Dean,MexicanAmericanCatholicCollege
Healed through Cancer by James Littleton is a treasure trove of faith, scripture quotes, and brotherly advice, as well as a personal account of one man’s journey through cancer and the fruits of that journey. With depth and understanding,Littleton takes his readers through the physical, spiritual, and emotional “valley of death” as he learns of his Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia cancer diagnosis, decides upon and endures various treatments, and wrestles with the issues of living his faith through this experience.
In Healed through Cancer, the reader will read moving diary posts that contain wit and wisdom, and consider life’s big questions in relationship to suffering, such as the age-old query, “Why ME?” Littleton also addresses the general question that has plagued man from the beginning of time—why is there suffering in the world and what is its use?
In Healed through Cancer,Littleton:
-shares the four greatest gifts parents can give their children
-offers concrete suggestions for those plagued with worry
-suggests how the role of the sacraments, particularly the sacrament of Confession, aids in total healing
-explains the potent power of prayer using an analogy of donating blood
Imagery is rich and examples are many in this chronicle of faith and fortitude. The author includes an appendix with an examination of conscience and passages of scripture that address healing.Littletonstresses that nothing happens without God’s permitting it, and that suffering, when united to Christ’s on the Cross, can be redemptive. His story of faith and hope will encourage the cancer stricken, buoy their families, and give faith and light to a suffering world.
Theresa Thomas, Today’s Catholic News columnist, author of Stories for the Homeschool Heart, cancer survivor, and blessed wife and mother of nine
I am honored to recommend the book Healed through Cancer. I was very moved by the author’s story depicting his plight in dealing with such an unexpected illness. Having been diagnosed with CLL myself last year, I found the book to be very inspirational for me personally. I truly admire the author for his inner strength, his spirituality, faith, determination, and success in confronting what God has put before him. I urge everyone to read this very inspirational and touching story.
Maria E. Feldman
In his book, Healed through Cancer, and Other Adversities, Jim Littleton provides an example of what it means to be a true follower of Christ. When asked by Jesus to “deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23), he did just that…and continues to do so. As a Catholic lay evangelist, I constantly stress that our faith involves more than learning facts. Once learned, those facts must also be lived. Here is the story of a man who is doing so in an inspirational and heroic way. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who, like me, tends to lapse into the bad habit of complaining about daily annoyances and who needs a reminder that “God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13)!
Gary Zimak, Catholic lay evangelist and radio host
When my wife Kathy and I saw James and Kathleen Littleton on EWTN Live telling the story of Better by the Dozen, Plus Two, about their wonderful family of nineteen children (fourteen living), we were impressed. When, a couple of years later, I received an invitation to review James Littleton’s Healed through Cancer: and Other Adversities, I was delighted. Now that I’ve finished reading it, I am very much honored and grateful as well.
Healed through Cancer, and Other Adversities is a powerful, moving, loving, and very important book. In sharing the story of how he and his family have been impacted by his diagnosis with a particularly aggressive form of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, James Littleton has crafted a book full of joyful, charitable lessons for us all. Far from a sorrowful tome, this book pulls no punches in recounting suffering, but explains with care, wisdom, and humor how it is all worthwhile.
Healed through Cancer, and Other Adversities is also a paean of gratitude to God for marriage, parenthood, family life, and all of our abundant blessings. It is a courageous testimony to all human life. You will read, for example, how the author, due to his unyielding respect and love of life, refused to participate in two experimental treatment methods that would have required the use of artificial birth control methods.
Healed through Cancer, and Other Adversities is a bountiful resource for those who would understand the meaning of suffering and illness as explained in the scriptures and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Note well the through in the title. James shows how God can use even cancer as a means of spiritual healing. Far from embracing victimhood,Littleton provides hope for the ill and encourages the afflicted themselves to continue to be “pourers,” pouring out their love and encouragement to others. I recommend this book without reservation to anyone suffering from cancer or any serious illness or trial, to their family and friends, and to any reader who would care to profit from the heartfelt wisdom and joy of a man who has been blessed with so many good things, and with difficult things as well.
Kevin Vost, PsyD, author of Memorize the Faith! and Three Irish Saints
I thoroughly enjoyed and loved reading this book. It will prove to be a source of inspiration to each and every reader. It doesn’t matter whether that person has been in the same situation as James Littleton or not. It doesn’t matter what the form of sickness, but the truth is this book will provide a wonderful healing spiritually, and also provide a good frame of positive mental attitude, which I believe is so important when one is suffering from ill health.
What is or has been the length of your mountain range in carrying your cross during your crisis? Be mentored in mind and heart Jim's sacred journey in his love for God and scriptures, and receive miracles of hope! Heaven Offering Perpetual Exhilaration!
Karen Fulte, Executive Director, Bishop Fulton Sheen Spiritual Centre's IllinoisMuseum
Jim and his wife, Kathleen also authored Better by the Dozen, Plus Two, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen
God has blessed our family with the gift of nineteen children--fourteen living and five in heaven.We have twelve daughters and two sons living, ranging in age from twenty three to three. This book shares the story of how we came to be such a large family and the truths God taught us along the way.
We are parents in the process of raising fourteen living children. Our book unmasks many of the fundamental errors of our time, offering a concrete hierarchy of values or priorities to live by in the midst of a seriously disordered modern dominant culture. We hope it is an interesting read for anyone and everyone designed to move the reader to serious reflection on the state of his or her life, and to hopefully come away with some helpful resolutions of a spiritual and/or practical nature. BETTER BY THE DOZEN, PLUS TWO includes anecdotes and a philosophy of life from a family of sixteen providing insights into the meaning and purpose of life, with the goal of helping the reader to
achieve true happiness and fulfillment.
Recommendations - Better by the Dozen, Plus Two, subtitled
Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen:
“Here’s a family you won’t forget. And reading about them will brighten your day and deepen your faith. I was blessed in meeting them because their three oldest girls attended or attend Ave Maria University—and we’re hoping the 11 younger
siblings will follow in their footsteps! You’ll find 16 reasons for being joyfully counter-cultural.”
Fr. Joseph D. Fessio, S.J.
Editor, Ignatius Press and Theologian in Residence, Ave Maria University
“In Better by the Dozen, Plus Two James and Kathleen Littleton have written a truly profound book that may change your family forever. Through Scripture, Catechism, family anecdotes, and simple “how to” practical advice, this work will challenge and inspire all families both large and small. Throughout the book one thing is clear; the Littleton family perseveres and thrives because of God’s Sacramental Grace. Read this book and be encouraged. Read this book and be awed. Read this book and learn how you, too, can raise a family firmly rooted in Faith and Love for Christ and His Church.”
Mark and Elizabeth Matthews
Authors of Precious Treasure, the Story of Patrick and A Place for Me
“For those looking to invite God not just to their wedding, but also into their marriage, this is a must read. The Littleton’s personal journey in striving to be open to God’s will, and then to live his will, offers the inspiration and tools to accomplish this in our own lives.”
Co-founder, Virtue in Action and Our Faith in Action
Superb! Superb! Superb! March 28, 2011I read this book at least once a year. I am now in my fourth reading since purchasing it. You will fall in love with this large, Irish Catholic family, as I have. Jim and Kathleen Littleton are devout Catholics who have not been afraid to make radical choices when it comes to living a Christ-centered life or raising a family in such a way that goes completely against the grain of the dominant culture. They have been such an inspiration to me. In fact, after my husband read this book, he decided to become a Catholic! The Littletons have 14 living children. In this book, they will share with you what they are convinced are God's Hierarchy of Values, namely, God, Spouse, Children, Work, and then Service Work/Apostolate. They also discuss Marriage, Motherhood, Openness to Life, Formation of Children, Service, Cross-Carrying, and the necessity of possessing a sense of humor.Whenever I become discouraged as a parent, I know that it's time to take this book off of the shelf and read it again. It is the only Catholic book on parenting and devotion that I continue to read over and over again. I eagerly await their next book, and hope that one day, there will be one. 5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Superb! Superb!, March 28, 2011 By Tara (Alamogordo, NM)
Jim and Kathleen are a beautiful example of understanding, living, and teaching the Catholic faith. I felt like I wanted to be adopted by them! 5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating, October 12, 2007 By Suzanne Earl St. Joseph, pray for us! (Illinois)
This book is proof that current cultural wisdom is wrong and that the Catholic teaching on openness to life is right. Who knows better, you or God? The Littletons are an excellent example of the generosity God is asking for.One important lesson pointed out by James and Kathleen Littleton is that the world looks at children as a burden which actually belittles the contribution that children bring. They are not just empty stomachs and brains demanding to be fed and sent to college. They are persons who contribute to the family from the day they are brought into it--and more and more as they mature.This book was like a pleasant stroll through a different world in which values were properly prioritized. I only wish there were more anecdotes about the children's interaction with each other and the hostile world. I loved the one about two older kids saving 10 seats in a theater during the previews while the younger ones waited in the lobby so they didn't have to look at all the junk in the previews.A good gift for your teenaged sons and daughters. A mandatory gift for Pre-Cana classes. Good idea for Engaged- and Marriage Encounter Weekend attendees. Five Stars Countercultural May 21, 2012 By Jeffery R. King