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