ACU graduate publishes book about dealing with loss


For Immediate Release
Nov. 8, 1999

Dr. Virgil M. Fry, Abilene Christian University graduate and chaplain at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, has released a book entitled Disrupted: Finding God in Illness and Loss.

The hardback giftbook contains reflections (poems, prayers, articles and quotes) about dealing with serious illness or less, and is directed towards medical professionals and spiritual caregivers as well as patients and family members.

Dr. Fry has drawn on experiences of 15 years at M.D. Anderson to write the book. It is presented in a journey motif, with each article purposely brief in order to be sensitive to those dealing with difficult times.

Glenn and Mary Stinchcomb of Oklahoma City said of the book, "We knew disruptions firsthand-a strange cite, an unfamiliar hospital, a son newly diagnosed with leukemia. It was in this nightmare that we came to know (Chaplain) Virgil Fry...and his insight, faith and compassion."

Though their 23-year-old son lost his battle with leukemia, the Stinchcombs were grateful for the continuum of comfort provided by Dr. Fry, whom they asked to conduct the funeral service when Clay died. The book is also endorsed by Keith Miller, author of the best seller The Taste of New Wine and Houston writer Sue Bairer (Bed Number 10 ).

Dr. Fry earned bachelor's and master's degrees from ACU, then received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1993. He also completed four units of Clinical Pastoral education at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Since 1985, he has been director of Lifeline Chaplaincy, representing the churches of Christ, at M.D. Anderson.

He is also an adjunct professor at ACU and Pepperdine University and a frequent lecturer at conferences and churches throughout the country. Dr. Fry has written brochures and magazine articles about dealing with serious illness and lost.

Fry and his wife Caryl, a teacher, live in Missouri City. They have two children: Kyle, age 20, and Kacie, age 17.

Disrupted: Finding God in illness and loss is available at the ACU Campus Store or from 21st Century Christian.

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