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Sometimes the right words make all the difference

A few months ago he was a high school football coach. Now Charlie Cristo is a cancer patient, battling not only an aggressive disease but also years of bitterness and disappointment. Then anonymous letters start arriving from a source known only as The Sender. Lift your spirits. Work the process. Help one another. The short,
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Worthy Inspired
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Maddie Brumley
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let me just say I LOVED this book. Vision > Circumstance. Very inspirational book and easy read.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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CANCER - it is never easy to talk about it, especially when you have been through it. My family has, and even though it has been 10 years since it was all over, and my Dad is all healthy and full of energy it just stigmatises you and changes you for life.

Every once in a while a pick up a book that deals with the matter, just to make sure I don't forget how precious life is and that there are still people in the world
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Worthy Publishing and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Sender, in exchange for an honest review.

Coach Charlie Cristo is a football coach, getting by day after day, until he is diagnosed with cancer. Charlie is at the darkest point in his life when a ray of hope appears. Through a series of anonymous letters, Charlie learns some important lessons about his life and reflects upon how he has acted in the past.

The Sender is a fictional book, but it includes the real notes that sp
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story is a combination of the real letters sent to former Indianapolis Colts coach Pagano while he fought cancer and a fictional story about a high school coach facing chemo. While it might be a tad religious for some readers, I think the inspirational message of how to be a positive support to those around you and how to accept the same from them is wonderfully presented and applicable regardless of your situation. The Sender was a refreshing story, not all rainbows and unicorns, but a qui ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book.

It had been recommended to me and I hadn't realized it was a fictional account of a real event. While I think the letters are encouraging, though very Christian as the book is essentially about devotions, it feels a bit out there and not sure I love the message that it sends. (view spoiler)
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sender is food for the soul

I started reading this in a hard cover book and realized I wanted to highlight many areas, so switched to a Kindle book. The story pulled me immediately. My mother had breast cancer but did not have chemotherapy,so it was a learning situation. I can see why support is so important for many major illnesses, especially cancer. One needs a pep club who can encourage you during treatment.
The letters incorporated the book were sent by Kevin Elmo to a personal friend who
Ian yarington
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cancer sucks so hard. I've had two close cousins die from brain and colon cancer and I've seen first hand the despair and pensive thoughts that inevitably come to those that are suffering. It's horrible to watch but sprinkled within those feelings are the times they fight through it and don't let their spirits die. I'm a huge football fan and realizing this was based on the life of Chuck Pagano warmed my heart. I followed Chuck's situation intently and having that context made this book worth so ...more
Josh Merkel
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal. Loved it. Finished in 4 days. Would recommend to anyone fingering for their health. Love the writing style. Inspiring in a way that makes you want to tell and write better stories that can be a blessing to others. Other messages include better not bitter...lessons get tested....hart and Vito story...right message right it now and stop fixin to....fight weary....I’m strong if you’re strong. Are you strong?
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved this book. Although it was mainly written about about a man dealing with cancer, I think everyone could benefit from reading this book. It was such an uplifting positive book. It really makes you think and regroup. I feel like I will read this one again and again.
Stacey Lasorsa
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I heard the author of this book speak at a corporate event. The book consists of a compulation of motivational letters that a cancer patient received each day from the sender. While sad at times, great advise was always found in the letters.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such an inspirational book. The true meaning of the right words at the right time. Positive thinking. Be where your feet are. God has a plan for me. Just a few of the lines that will be remembered
Jamie Brown
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and full of simple reminders anbout living life.
Lynne Bradham
Preachy. Thoughtful. Not realistic medically.
Pam Lyle
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this while a friend was going thru cancer! Very good!
Karen White
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible book!!!!
Sheryl Gent
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting find. The storyline isn't new or fancy. But the golden nuggets of truth and life lessons are huge. This is a book I will reference often for those nuggets. ...more
Dee Tighe
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Motivating and inspiring. Emotional.
Lisa Booth
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Awesome story! Very inspiring
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sender: A Story About When the Right Words Make All the Difference by Kevin Elko & Bill Beausay is a well-blended mixture of fiction and reality. It is a fictionalized account of a high school football coach who has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. Charlie was about at his lowest point before the diagnosis; career in a downward spiral, marriage at its end, non-existent relationships with his daughters, he is not a happy man. And then comes cancer! Anonymous letters sen ...more
Hillary LaRose
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Sender is full Of very kind of depressing things but also very hopeful things. Most of the book has a setting at a hospital. Charley is the main character in this book and he is a high school football coach. This book will play with your emotions with all of the ups and down it has. There is also A little boy named Max and he is going through the same thing as the coach. In the this book they come together as unfortunate friends to try and get over this disease.
I loved this book. This book j
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Sometimes the right words can make everything better. Charlie used to be the high school football coach, but now he is a cancer patient. Charlie starts receiving anonymous letters from a source known as the sender. These letters will lift your spirits! Now this is all I am going to describe of this story as I really do urge you to read it for yourself.

The Sender is a well written beautiful story for everyone to enjoy. Thanks to Netgalley I got the chance to read this one of a kind amazing story.
Sunny (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
The Sender has been the most impactful story I have read in a long time. I love various genres and while I wouldn’t typically pick a book like this, I found myself enjoying the audiobook so much that I purchased the hard cover for myself. I have loaned my book out and recommended purchase of this book to so many, I have lost count! Whether we are happy with our current circumstances or struggling with an issue, this book will speak to the reader. It sure spoke to me. I will reread this many time ...more
Karla Goforth Abreu
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
If you know someone struggling through a terrible crisis or health issue, and specifically cancer, this is the one book to give them. It will inspire and encourage and help them to hold on and fight so that God's purposes will be fulfilled. The letters are real, sent to a very ill person, but this story is fiction, though based on a true account. The prime character is a football coach and the book is filled with sports stories and so forth. Frankly, I am not interested in sports, for the most p ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I should have finished this book in a day or two. It's an incredibly short read. It n a way, I did not want it to end. The lessons learned in this book are extremely valuable. The story is about a grumpy old football coach who gets cancer. While receiving chemo treatments he receives letters from the sender.

I think most of us are connected or know someone who has had cancer. For me, that was my mom, she beat cancer, kicked its ass. Cancer beat my wife's cousin - and my grandpa who was my best f
Kerstin Daynes
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I always love books that inspire and give perspective, especially in the face of adversity...this book was exactly that. I wish I could package up every phrase of wisdom that I read and keep it forever. This book made me pause and consider where strength and courage comes from, how we can offer so much to others in their depths of trial, and how we can find hope in the midst of struggle. Such an inspiration!
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was hesitant to start this book because I was worried it was going to be heavy Christian based. It is an inspirational Christian non fiction.. However, it was wonderful. It's definitely a book you want to pick up when you need to find your backbone. The only reason that I gave it 4⭐️ and not 5 was because I put it down for a moment because it was slowing down and it never seem to pick back up again ...more
Bret Jarvis
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stunning! Captivating! I loved this book. Won courtesy of giveaways.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! A must read.

Inspiring read. Real, honest and sound advice. It isn't always easy to stay in he fight, but when when choose to do so, it is worth it!
Gay Lynn
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Encouraging. Set locally in Birmingham AL. Includes football, cancer, perseverance, wisdom.
Dec 12, 2016 added it
Interesting!!! Motivational to help define goals as aspirations.
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