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Only When It's Dark Can We See the Stars (Van Popta)

SKU 9798885261081


A Father's Journal As His Son Battles Cancer


Four Long Years: That’s the time from 12-year-old Julian’s diagnosis of leukemia until the van Popta family reaches the other side. All the while, dad kept a log chronicling in detail the arduous ordeal. Is there hope in the pitch-dark Valley of Baca? With his journal, you can travel with these pilgrims on their journey.


Since John is sharing his entries with extended family, friends and church members, you hear him reporting and reflecting as a pastor. He had encountered similar situations before, but such experience counts for little compared to facing cancer of a loved one firsthand. So you also sense how a father’s heart aches as his son suffers. And how he wrestles with wounded faith.


“When I held my son in my arms tonight, I wept.”


  • Author: John Van Popta
  • Pages: 193
  • Paperback
  • Published in 2022


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Product Details:

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 193 pages
  • Published:  2022
  • ISBN: ‎ 9798885261081
  • Author:  John Van Popta


  • John van Popta (B.A., M.Div.) pastored three congregations in the Canadian Reformed Churches before taking an early retirement due to Parkinson’s disease. Keeping an eye on the stars, he and his wife, Bonita, have six children and 25 grandchildren.
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