Char's Gift: A Remarkable Story of Hope through the Storms of Life by Steve Harryman is a gripping story that carries across a powerful message: Happiness and freedom are bound up with the quest for purpose and meaning in the context of service and self-giving. The story begins with their encounter when Char worked as a waitress. Captivated by her green eyes, Steve makes contact that eventually put their lives together in a wonderful experience of love. But when Char Harryman’s life is knocked down on Easter morning by brain cancer their life takes an unexpected turn. In this spellbinding memoir, the author shares their journey through the struggles and lifts the veil to show Char’s gift and the source of her inner strength. This is a story in which tragedy is transformed through the power of faith and a victim of cancer becomes the source of hope and strength for many like her — and that is for more than two decades.
This book is so wonderfully written and so beautiful that one lacks words to convey what they feel about the characters. The prose flows with grace and the dialogues are terrifically written. The reader is left with no doubt that the author writes from a sacred space in his life. The love between Steve and Char is an inspiration and from the moment they first meet at the restaurant, the reader immediately develops a liking for them. Steve is a great storyteller who allows the experiences of characters like his wife and Arlene to take a prominent place in the heart of readers. It is hard to read this memoir without wanting to meet Char; her faith, her resilience, her devotion to the service of others, and the way she communicates hope to those in situations similar to hers are astounding traits that will inspire readers and ignite hope in their hearts. Char's Gift: A Remarkable Story of Hope through the Storms of Life conjures a powerful sense of purpose while celebrating the faith of an unforgettable heroine. It features beautiful prose and well-wrought characters. This book is the perfect gift for anyone who struggles with a terminal illness and those who know such persons. It is, indeed, a magnificent testament of love that is brilliantly written.