Five Top-Rated, Bestselling Inspirational Books for Cancer Patients and Families

Five Inspirational Books for Cancer Patients and Families
This page was originally published February 1, 2018 and updated June 1, 2024.

We’ve included five critically acclaimed and award-winning books in this post that offer support, inspiration and a dose of humor for cancer patients and families dealing with this disease. Each provides a poignant, memorable look at the cancer journey from someone who’s been there, and we think any one of these would make a thoughtful gift for anyone on the same path. ❤️

Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

Dying to Be Me My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True HealingA bestselling story of hope and inspiration by award-winning author Anita Moorjani. NYT Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, “I have been deeply and profoundly touched by the contents of this book.” This award-winning book has over 5600 five-star reviews on Amazon.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book

101 memorable, uplifting stories filled with advice and wisdom compiled by forty-time NYT bestselling author Jack Canfield. Library Journal review: “Though each patient and diagnosis is unique, hearing from others who have endured the disease is vital to the well-being of those going through it. For all patient health collections.” Over 2000 five-star reviews on Goodreads.

Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears

A top-rated and unforgettable memoir by bestselling author Margaret Feinberg. NYT bestselling Author Mark Batterson “Each page of this book abounds with surprise and delight as well as inspiring strategies for overcoming the everyday battles of life. Fight Back With Joy is a gift-one you can’t afford to miss.”

Everybody’s Got Something

An honest and uplifting memoir by bestselling, multiple award-winning author Robin Roberts. Booklist review: “With the infectious personality for which she’s known, Roberts details the support of family and friends and the people she’s met in her life and career who’ve inspired her by overcoming their own challenges with the “something” that everybody inevitably faces.”

Cancer Vixen: A True Story

A heartfelt, funny memoir by NYT Bestselling Author Marisa Acocella Marchetto. A medical book of the year. “Funny, eye-opening, moving.” —Time A top-rated, multiple award winner!

We hope you find some comfort and encouragement between the pages of these books. If you know of another that should be included here, please get in touch and let us know.

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  1. These make such perfect gifts! My aunt is in remission and I never know what to get as a gift, but these are such gems!
    Thank you!

  2. You always find books that are seeking to pass on their optimism and courage on but my daughter has too many of that already, I am getting her Cancer Vixen; looks like something a teenage girl would enjoy!
    Thank you! Remember her in your prayers!

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