Golden Thread

Golden Thread : A Quiet Revolution in Holistic Cancer Care

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Pat Pilkington was co-founder of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, the first charity to offer a truly holistic approach to cancer care. In this memoir, completed when she knew she was approaching death, Pat tells her story; starting with her childhood, through the early days of the Centre to its growth into Penny Brohn Cancer Care, the globally influential institution it is today. Above all, she shares her own spiritual journey, her deep exploration of faith, love, and what lies at the core of each human life and each human death. She speaks to life, not just to cancer, and shows how the restoration of the human spirit is an essential part of holistic healing. The Golden Thread of the title is the transcendent nature of love that runs though everything, awakening the potential to uplift, inspire, overcome and create anew, even in the face of severe adversity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 155 x 233 x 15.24mm | 272.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785921738
  • 9781785921735

Table of contents

Foreword by Caroline Myss. Introduction by Penny Brohn Cancer Care 1. Where do we come from? 2. The Early Years. 3. A Developing Spirituality. 4. Tuning into Love 5. Heavy Burdens. 6. The Birth of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre. 7. Spiritual Work with Clients. 8. Love and Fear. 9. Love and Death. 10. Dark Clouds Gather. 11. A Sense of Connection. 12. The Storm Breaks. 13. Preparing for Death. 14. Going Home. 15. The Move to Ham Green House. 16. The Golden Thread. A final word from Pat, August 2013.
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Review quote

The Golden Thread is a companion to life and a talisman against fear. It is such an important book. Don't just read it, learn it, -- Maureen Lipman, actress and author How faith and love move mountains to cooperate with human effort. -- From the foreword by Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts Inspiring and exciting, this is a wonderful story of hope, courage and healing. If you have any interest in wellbeing and health, you must read this inside account by a crucial pioneer who helped transform our understanding of how to treat cancer, put compassion into action and celebrate the human spirit. -- William Bloom, author of The Power of Modern Spirituality Pat understood that, to reach towards spiritual wholeness, we need to embrace our unique journey and our unique being. -- Timothy Freke, author of The Jesus Mysteries The spiritual journey that the author describes, in a book written shortly before her death, tells of her reconciliation of Christian teaching and Anglican tradition with New Age ideas. She sees no contradiction in her understanding of the love of Christ with much New Age mysticism. -- Review in Church Times, December 2015
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About Pat Pilkington

Pat Pilkington MBE was co-founder, in 1980, of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, along with her friend Penny Brohn and her husband, Canon Christopher Pilkington. She was a true pioneer who helped to transform our understanding of how to treat cancer. She continued to support people with cancer until her death in 2013.
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