Monday, April 16, 2012

What is a Counterpoint?

I'm glad you asked. Crystal Linn, best-selling co-author of Amish Forever, can give you the answer in Story Eight of the One series.

A portion of the author’s proceeds will be donated to World Concern, a Christian global relief and development organization. World Concern’s efforts reach deep into the most remote corners of the planet, where climate and geography, societal instability and scarce infrastructure create incredible challenges to the people living there, including disaster response, clean water, education, food security, child protection, microfinance and health. Visit for more information. The series creators and publisher are in no other way affiliated with this organization.
Mark Miller’s One is a spiritual anthology examining True-Life experiences of Authors and their Faith. As the series evolves expect to discover what it means to have faith, no matter what that faith is and no matter where they live. Remember that we are all part of this One World.
In Story Eight, another award-winning poet, Crystal Linn, shares her moving experience with a rare form of cancer. The author’s husband was diagnosed with cancer and Crystal tells how they came through it with faith. This story is an inspiration to anyone facing life’s difficult challenges.

I think it took a lot of courage for Crystal to share this story. She presents us with a harrowing, detailed account of a challenge she faced with her husband. I have never heard of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, but it is a rare form of cancer.
Crystal tells of the ordeal in a matter-of-fact way, accounting for each visit to the doctor. In between these medical insights, she reveals her miracles. Each time something worse happened, Crystal explained how it worked out for her.
Crystal calls these unexplainable events by the musical term counterpoints. I am no musician, but I understand the concept and see exactly what she means. She compared their journey to Handel’s Amen Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. I searched for the piece on YouTube and found it to be beautiful and inspiring, much like Crystal’s story.
The one thing I notice is how she removes herself from the writing. She does mention she went through a dark period. However, she humbly approaches the entire story and does not spotlight herself at all. I want to point out how amazing she is and how she bravely stood by her husband through pain and adversity. To me, that is its own miracle to see her faith working in her.
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