Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, and God by Michael Kelley was one of the best books I read last year. It would have made my annual Top Ten list, but it hadn’t been released yet. On March 1, the book launches, and I hope it finds a wide audience.

Michael’s book chronicles his son Josh’s battle with cancer. The book weaves together stories and theological reflection, and the result is a raw, honest look at faith in the middle of trying circumstances. The big questions about human sickness, God’s sovereignty, the supremacy of Christ, and the need for faith – all of these are displayed against the backdrop of the family’s journey through a time of intense suffering.

When you come across books about children and cancer, you may think that the target audience is predominantly female and that the tone of the book will be sentimental in nature. Not so with Wednesdays Were Pretty NormalThis is not a sappy book, and though it ends happily, one senses the weight of the experience and the change it brought about in the lives of Michael and his wife.

After reading an early manuscript, I sent in an endorsement:

Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal is about personal faith forged through the fire of suffering, and the all-encompassing grace of a God who won’t fit into the boxes we try to construct around him. This is not a sentimental memoir or another theoretical look at suffering. Instead, Michael leads us to the intersection of faith and life, of God’s love and our pain, of God’s plan and our questions.”

Take a look at the trailer for the book, and then do yourself a favor and pre-order it now.