Ever wonder how some people survive the intricacies of life better than others? The books below tell tales about the power we all have within us to survive, to use that resilient urge to take one foot and place it in front of the other, and to take pride in beating the odds.

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Ill Will


Penney Divan is at the height of her career in education when she learns she has cancer. She looks deep into her spirit to overcome her mounting terror and build a tenacity that can get her through biopsies, surgery treatment, and most importantly her work and her daily life. Penney emerges with a stronger sense than ever of who and what she is all about.

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Beauty Full


Penney Divan continues her journey stronger and wiser than ever. In this sequel to Ill Will, Penney's cancer recurs as she cautiously rebuilds her life. Now, she discovers that her own passions and resources are the keys to the ultimate source of the beauty that was always within her.

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Winning Wishes
(a 2017 Book Excellence Awards Finalist)


Don't ever doubt that bad things "come in threes!" In this emotional meditation on survival, Penney along with her husband Jack Divan, find ways to keep their heads above water while seeking out alternative routes for healing and realizing their deepest, heartfelt wishes.

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Beyond the Moon and the Heartache Too

(a 2019 Book Excellence Awards Finalist)


Innate resilience triumphs in the face of perverse and pervasive adversity. Travel with Sidnei Jewel as she uncovers deep, dark family secrets.