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While Still There Is Light
Writings from a Minister Facing Death
Nancy Shaffer, Edited by Mary McKinnon Ganz
ISBN: 9781558967007
Book (Paperback)
Skinner House Books
6 1/4 x 7
240 pages
April 5, 2013


In 2011, Nancy Shaffer’s life suddenly changed when she was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor.

Here is her heartrending and heartwarming account of her final year as she came to terms with impending death. Part journal, part reflection, and fully honest, Shaffer’s account of her journey through denial to peaceful acceptance will lend inspiration and courage to those in need, and insight to those who give pastoral care.

Nancy Shaffer (1950-2012) was a Unitarian Universalist minister, a poet, and the author of Instructions in Joy: Meditations (Skinner House Books, 2002). She served congregations in Carmel, California; Glen Allen, Virginia; Evanston, Illinois; and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Mary McKinnon Ganz was a dear friend of Nancy Shaffer. She is the co-minister of First Parish of Brewster, Massachusetts, and previously served the UU Church of Arlington, Virginia.
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