Deborah Good was living in Philadelphia,when her life was hit suddenly with terrible news. CT scans showed multiple spots of cancer. Deborah moved back in with her parents, Betty and Nelson Good, in Washington, D.C., and as Nelson approached death, spent hours sitting with him while he reflected back on the interlocking pieces of his unconventional job life. Nelson was neither a saint nor a celebrity and, by many measures, was a rather ordinary person, yet he lived with a humble integrity and a commitment to others that touched many. From his spot on a padded green recliner, Nelson told the stories of seven projects, communities, and organizations he had cared about: a neighborhood community center, an experiential education program for college students (Washington Community Scholars Center of Eastern Mennonite University), an alternative day school for foster children, a retreat center, a house church, a historic building restoration, and a unique house renovation. After Deborah listened, took notes, and tape-recorded their conversations, she added her own reflections. The resulting memoir is a unique intertwining of a father's history-telling with a daughter's personal journey of remembrance, loss, and grief.
Here a father's history-telling combines with a daughter's personal journey of remembrance, loss, and grief. The voice of Nelson Good intertwines with that of his young adult daughter, Deborah Good, as he fights the cancer that will kill him while telling her the stories of seven projects, communities, and organizations he had cared about --Provided by publisher.
- Religion + Beliefs, Family + Relationships, Medical, History, Health + Wellness, Biography + Autobiography, Social Science
- General, Sociology / General, Nursing / Nurse + Patient, Physician + Patient, Oncology, Personal Memoirs, Christianity / Denominations, Diseases / Cancer, Parenting / Fatherhood, Christianity / Mennonite
- February 28, 2009
- February 28, 2009
- Deborah Good, Nelson Good