by Kristian and Rachel Anderson
There are love stories, and then there’s the story of Kristian and Rachel Anderson. Kristian ended up winning millions of hearts around the world with a YouTube video he made for his wife’s 35th birthday, after learning that he was terminally ill. Oprah Winfrey invited Kristian and Rachel on her show, drawing attention to Kristian’s brave battle with cancer and the ordeal faced by families going through such a tragic experience. During his last months on earth, Kristian worked hard on a book to leave behind for Rachel and their two sons, drawing from his blog posts and photos. After his passing, Rachel added her own passages to their story, and the joint effort became Days Like These (Zondervan), a close-up and sometimes gritty look at the horror of cancer, balanced by the couple’s strong faith in God and belief that light shines through even the darkest moments.