How John Denver’s Music Helped One Woman Suffering from Cancer

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Dr. Kay Johnson-Gentile tells all in new memoir, ‘My Walk of Faith, Hope, and Love.’

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My Walk of Faith, Hope, and Love” (published by Balboa Press) tells the story of one woman’s personal transformation from breast cancer, and how the music of John Denver served as a springboard to help extricate her from severe depression brought on by the disease and its radical treatment.

“My book demonstrates the importance and the POWER of music – which is a powerful therapy for healing; even Plato and Aristotle talked about music’s power,” says author Dr. Kay Johnson-Gentile. “I discuss how music can be used with kids suffering with cancer. Bottom line – my book demonstrates my own personal transformation from a dependent woman to an independent one!”

Taking things full circle, Johnson-Gentile also released an album of original songs, “Faith, Hope, and Love, This is What I Sell” which she hopes will help others who are suffering the way Denver’s music inspired her to push through the pain.

An excerpt from “My Walk of Faith, Hope, and Love”:
Knowing my true love for music, Dad and Bill connected our home intercom system to our living room stereo. They began piping music into my upstairs bedroom -- hoping it would be a catalyst to get me more motivated and focused on living.
“How dare they play this music without asking me? Do they really think this will take my pain away? They do not know how terrible I feel,” I said to myself. I was not happy with Dad’s plan.
But within a few days, the music began to have an effect on me. I became a captive, especially to John Denver’s beautiful songs.

“My Walk of Faith, Hope, and Love”
By Dr. Kay Johnson-Gentile
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 96 pages | ISBN 9781504356909
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 96 pages | ISBN 9781504356886
E-Book | 96 pages | ISBN 9781504356893
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Kay Johnson-Gentile is a retired college professor and musician. Because a spinal disability required more bed time, she began a whole new career at 70 – writing her memoir. Published in magazines like Mysterious Ways and Woman Alive, her stories are also in the “Chicken Soup” series. More information is available at

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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