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Stripped

Stripped

At the Intersection of Cancer, Culture, and Christ

by Heather King

"Painful, funny, compassionate, and unforgettable." ~Michael Leach, author of "Why Stay Catholic? Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question"

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Stripped is a heartfelt expression of profound Catholic faith in the face of a cancer diagnosis.

Author Q&A: Heather King

Author Q&A: Heather King

Heather King

"I didn’t see my cancer a blessing—please!—but I did see it as a mystery. To consent to live in mystery, not to know all the answers, is another kind of poverty. The world sees any kind of poverty as cause for ridicule. 'Loser!'"

Read an Excerpt From

Read an Excerpt From "Stripped": Chapter 6

"I had faith, but faith did not relieve me of the terrible, terrible anxiety known by anyone who has ever waited for the results of a cancer biopsy."

Read an Excerpt From

Read an Excerpt From "Stripped": Chapter 9

"I gazed south toward the Art Deco tower of the Wiltern Theater and thought, Well, one part's over. I will never have to go through the first day after finding out I have cancer again."

Read an Excerpt From

Read an Excerpt From "Stripped": Chapter 11

"My prayer was never for things to go a certain way but rather a surrender, an opening up, a simple sitting (or standing, or walking, or lying down) and being."

Cancer, Culture and Christ: 15 Years Later

Cancer, Culture and Christ: 15 Years Later

Heather King

"Fifteen years after the events described in my book Stripped, I’m fifteen years closer—I could be a lot closer than that!—to my own death. And I ponder the questions I raised there more deeply than ever."

Heather King's Website and Blog

Heather King's Website and Blog

"This blog is the place where I open my veins every few days and share my very eventful life."

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

A Daring Choice in the Face of Cancer

A Daring Choice in the Face of Cancer

Sr. Theresa Noble

Heather King addresses the deepest questions of life through the process of discernment, pain, and prayer.

Stripped: An #Amazing New #Catholic Memoir

Stripped: An #Amazing New #Catholic Memoir

Lisa Mladinich

Heather King writes about her own callings and crosses so vividly and truthfully that I can't help feeling a deep spiritual friendship with this total stranger.

A Cancer Memoir that (Mostly) Gets It Right

A Cancer Memoir that (Mostly) Gets It Right

Ellen Painter Dollar

I love that King refuses to call herself a "survivor" because that's "too plucky and gung ho"—which is exactly how I feel about the term, having been treated for my own bout of breast cancer four years ago.

Finding Spirituality in Suffering

Finding Spirituality in Suffering

Bruce G. Epperly

Heather King’s new memoir on faith in the midst of a cancer diagnosis reminded me of words from Viktor Frankl: “There is one thing I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.”

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