Faith theme is prevalent in both book, daily life for author

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

“She’s an amazingly sensitive, spiritual young lady who really does listen — not just asks — but she listens,” Barrus said. “And she follows his promptings. There have been some amazing experiences from this.”

This particular prompting may have saved her life.

“The doctor informed her when she went in that she had a particularly aggressive type of cancer, and that if she would’ve come in just a couple of months later, it might have been a completely different story,” Barrus said.

Bryant continued to pray as she made important decisions about her treatment. She said she felt her burdens lifted through the process, as if she had been carried through the whole thing.

Her father called her a “very powerful girl.”

“She was always positive, always happy, even in the worst when she felt terrible, she would smile and laugh and say, ‘Everything is going to be fine,'” Barrus said. Bryant even hosted a “shaving party” when her hair started to fall out.

As she spoke on the phone with the Deseret News, she was at Disneyland, a place the family frequented during treatments to help keep things fun. The boys were riding rides with Grandma and Grandpa.

A book deal and breast cancer has made for quite the year.

“We have had some of the most difficult emotional struggles of our lives as well as some of the most wonderful blessings and exciting happenings all in this year,” Barrus said. “So 2013 is going down as the best of times and the worst of times.”

And Bryant wouldn't have it any other way.

“You can’t do this without faith,” Bryant said. “You can’t. There’s no amount of self-help books, no amount of group-help sessions that can replace faith. You cannot do this by yourself. You have got to find Heavenly Father in everything, and if you ask, he will be there.”

Although it wasn’t written for a strictly Mormon audience, “The Others” has aspects that will strike a chord with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bryant said. Faith is the overriding theme, and the characters learn that you can’t just rely on evidences. You have to go on faith.

“Trials can either break you or make you unbreakable, and it’s up to you which way it’s going to go,” Bryant said. “I’m in the process of trying to become unbreakable, just like the rest of us.”

To learn more about author Bryant and her book, visit www.kristinbryant.com.

Email: h.a.bowler@gmail.com

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