John R. Hanson Announces Publication of Debut Book

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‘Elyse and Me’ tells the story about a nine-year-old girl who has cancer

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The new book, “Elyse and Me: Conversations between a Child and God about Dying” (published by Balboa Press), by John R. Hanson deals with issues that surround children discovering they have a life-threatening illness. Hanson was inspired by his volunteer work in hospices and work as a hospice chaplain.

“Elyse and Me” follows a nine-year-old girl named Elyse on her journey coming to terms with her cancer diagnosis. She is frightened and angry because of the unknown aspect of the afterlife. But, when God appears to her, they become friends and she no longer fears dying.

Hanson hopes that this story will be relatable for children with terminal illnesses because not only does it deal with the fear and anger associated with the cancer diagnoses, but because his story ultimately contains a hopeful message for those children about the afterlife.

An excerpt from “Elyse and Me”:
"Sweetie," said Mom, "the doctor told us that the chemo's not working anymore, and there's no other kind of chemo to give you." [Her mom and dad were crying.] It was hard for Elyse to see her parents so sad. She felt bad for them. She also knew that all the things that Me had told her about his world were true. She could even feel Me in her heart at that moment. It felt good and peaceful. Elyse was no longer afraid to die.

“Elyse and Me”
By John R. Hanson
Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781504365666
E-Book | 28 pages | ISBN 9781504365673
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
John R. Hanson retired from the Washington State Department of Health in 2013. During his career, he worked as a hospital administrator and CEO of a home health and hospice agency. Hanson has been a hospice volunteer for nearly 15 years with Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice in Olympia, Washington, where he lives. He is a graduate of the Metta Institute's End-of-Life Practitioner Program in Sausalito, California, and holds a master’s degree in transpersonal studies from Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Hanson has three adult children and three grandchildren. This is his first book.

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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