The greatest gift one can leave behind is the inspiration of a life well-lived. A Life Worth Living contains the thoughts and insights of one Mimi Deeths – a special woman given a disturbing prognosis due to cancer – two weeks to two months to live. Writing to those who loved her most, her family and friends, Mimi’s sense of purpose, her humor, her faith, and her indomitable spirit prevails on every page. This book serves as encouragement that expresses God’s love in personal language and heartwarming antidotes that make a lasting difference in the lives of others. Mimi’s loved ones were blessed because Mimi lived several years beyond her grim prognosis and this book is a realistic look at her struggle with the terminal disease; the good days, bad days; the highs and the lows. Mimi’s daughter, Elizabeth makes this collection of her mother’s writing available as a celebration of a life well-lived: Come celebrate Mimi’s refreshingly unique perspective on priorities, love, and relationships. The overall theme—God is good! A Life Worth Living is a book well worth the reading.
“An enormous smile, a happy lilt to her voice and always trying to bring comfort and hope to others. The stories Mimi wrote during her nine year battle with cancer are some of the most beautiful and inspirational I’ve ever read. I miss her.” —Peg Connelly, Author and friend.
“For believers, Mimi was proof; for non-believers she was a gentle reminder that love and faith will always find a way. A remarkable woman.” —Herb Benham, Columnist for Bakersfield Californian
Mimi Deeths was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1949, married in 1970 and raised four children whom she always made feel special and loved. She nurtured their creativity and curiosity, attended every sports event, every scout meeting, every school party, and taught in the classroom and by example. She remained active in the community even while battling cancer. Mimi didn’t just survive cancer for ten years, she thrived. Her life was an inspiration to everyone privileged to know her. Mimi went to be with her Lord on February 6, 2004, leaving behind a tremendous legacy of faith, courage and hope.
Elizabeth Deeths, Mimi’s youngest daughter, has a degree in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wa, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Psychology. As a marriage and family therapist, she is hoping the experiences during her mother‘s terminal illness, as well as these writings, will be a blessing to others. What started as a family project to collect her mother’s writings was determined too valuable to keep to themselves. Liz sums up her feelings as follows: “If you define a hero as someone who changes your life for the better, has a lasting impact on the world around them, and someone you want to grow to be, then my mother was my hero.”