Two Mothers One Prayer is, an instructional self-help book: ‘paving the way for you and your family, mapping out for you to follow on your journey of childhood cancer.’
The two mothers and co-authors, Laura Lane and Laurie Nersten, meet over the internet, brought together by dire circumstances as their daughters, Celeste and Hayley, undergo treatment for pineoblastoma, an aggressive type of brain tumour.
These two women, inspire, help and support each other, and find strength in their shared Christian faith. And Celeste and Hayley become friends, advising each other on how to cope with their gruelling treatment. At the outset, Laura and Laurie decide to write a book about their experience, which is brave, when you consider they don’t know whether the girls will even survive. Theirs is an equal struggle, until the dynamic shifts, then one becomes the mother of a cancer survivor, while the other, is put in the heartbreaking position of outliving her own daughter.
The book is well-written, copy edited and proofread, although it could have done with a line edit to remove the unintentional repetition, where details in Part One are repeated in the email exchanges in Part Two. To round it off, I felt it needed a conclusion from the surviving mother and daughter, as it did state that this was a story of two mothers. Otherwise, the reader is left wondering whether the friendship, when it was put to the test, was strong enough to endure.
My favourite parts of this book are the tender, quieter moments, such as this one: ‘She would fall asleep in my arms, and then I would crawl off into the little daybed on the other side of the tiny room.’ I liked the email exchanges too, when now and again they drop their guard, instead of having to be on message and be Superwoman, they can say what they’re really thinking and feeling. Recommended, particularly for those who embrace Christianity or New Age healing. Four stars.