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Lynne Hartke: Author Finds Hope, Beauty, Faith in the Desert as Cancer Threatens Her Life and the Lives of Her Parents

Posted by Brittany Miller, Baker Publishing Group on 2nd May 2017


The hardest places exist in the deserts of life, where questions burn endlessly and leave scars in their wake.

What starts as a shout heavenward of “Why me?” leads to a more important question: “Who are you, God?” That is when hope, beauty, and faith are redefined.

In the setting of the Sonoran Desert, Lynne Hartke is forced to ask herself the hard questions that come with a cancer diagnosis. Once strong and confident, Hartke now watches defenselessly as a thief comes suddenly in the night to take it all. Hair. The contents of her stomach. Her family. Life.

As her days become blurred with appointments, treatments, and surgeries, she wrestles with a tangle of emotions and a shaken faith. Right when she feels she has hit rock bottom, cancer throws in a surprising twist. The thief has now come to not only take her life, but the lives of her parents.

With raw and breath-taking detail, Hartke invites readers into the depths of emotion and healing of the desert.

Along the journey, fellow sojourners will come to understand that even in life’s hardest places, they are not alone in their fear, they are not foolish to hope, and they are never forgotten by the God that has loved them before the beginning of time.

Lynne Hartke is a breast cancer survivor who celebrates the difficult and the beautiful with her husband, Kevin, in Chandler, Arizona where they have pastored a church for over 30 years.

When not out on the desert trails avoiding rattlesnakes, Lynne is blogging, speaking and volunteering with several cancer organizations, and keeping up with their four grown children and three grandchildren.

Lynne is currently training to hike from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to the North Rim (a distance of 23 miles) in one day -- because cancer taught her to grab onto life with both hands.

Under a Desert Sky by Lynne Hartke

ISBN: 9780800727741 | 256 pages | paperback | $14.99 Available May 2017