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Healing Scriptures and Spiritual Books For Cancer Patients


These healing scriptures for cancer patients from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim texts, as well as books of spiritual messages and guidance, can offer encouragement and strength during difficult times.

The best healing scriptures for cancer

Here are some of our favorite healing scriptures for cancer to inspire strength, comfort, and resilience.

  • “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1)
  • “Fear not, for I am with you, Be not frightened, for I am your God; I strengthen you and I help you, I uphold you with My victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
  • “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
  • “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
  • “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, ‘Rejoyce.’ Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
  • “And He alone cures me when I am sick.” (Quran 26:80)
  • “And God shall heal the best of the believers.” (Quran 9:14)

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Faith-based and spiritual books for someone diagnosed with cancer

Here are five Mend Together picks for healing reads to support your spiritual journey and relationship with God.

1. Jesus Calling® by Sarah Young

Jesus Calling® is a daily devotional which provides space to spend a few minutes reflecting on religious thought and perspective each day. Each devotion is followed by journaling space, which can be therapeutic. Jesus Calling®: Young Readers Edition  is also available for children and teens.

“This book was recommended to me by one of my dearest friends, Darcy Piché. Sarah Young has a wonderful way of interpreting scripture that makes you feel like God is talking to you personally.”  – Lisa Lefebvre, Mend Together Founder and 2x cancer “endure-er”

2. Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron

Comfortable with Uncertainty draws inspiration from Buddhist tradition and wisdom in this collection of short daily readings for compassion and awareness. Not just for Buddhists, Comfortable with Uncertainty helps us face an uncertain future and explores love, kindness, meditation, letting go, working with fear, and other related topics.

3. The Gift of Change by Marianne Williamson

The Gift of Change is deeply rooted in spiritual connection and an approach that centers God as a way to live life without fear or worry. This book outlines 10 basic changes each person can make as they learn to view the world through a different lens.

4. Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright

Why Buddhism Is True, is really a book about meditation and how meditation can help us reorient and center ourselves in uncertain times. is book advocates for meditation as a way to build a spiritual practice and lifestyle. 

5. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

The Purpose Driven Life offers guidelines that will focus your energy, simplify your decisions and give your life meaning. 

Seeking support from your community

Mend Together’s resources are available at no cost and make it easy to rally around someone going through cancer all on one, private platform.  Friends and family can step in and coordinate offers of help through our Volunteer Calendar

  • Home or hospital visitations
  • Gifts of time like rides to appointments
  • Meal delivery signup
  • Meals in the hospital that adhere to dietary needs, like kosher or halal
  • Prayer chains or recitation of prayers on someone’s behalf
  • Lending spiritual or religious books
  • Childcare and homework help
  • Sending encouraging or spiritual messages 
  • Sending a healing gift or offering financial assistance

“After each of my diagnoses, cancer caused me to think a lot more about a foreshortened future. I found that to be very disconcerting in the short term, but in the long term, I found it very helpful because it caused me to live my life now instead of constantly planning to do things in the future. Also, I found it helpful to re-evaluate who I was and what I wanted out of life and I turned to many sources of inspiration to help guide me in my thinking. I hope you find some of these resources helpful as well.” – LL

Incorporating spirituality into healing

Prayer, study, and reflection rooted in religious tradition can provide strength and meaning when grappling with illness. Whether reflecting on healing scripture for cancer brings strength or a helpful book provides guidance, seeking out faith or spirituality can be a valuable tool while navigating cancer. You can share these inspirations widely with anyone whose life has been touched by cancer. To find more inspiration and resources click here to learn more about the Mend Together Community for people living with cancer. 

Stella Morrison is an award-winning journalist who partners with mission-driven companies to share their stories. She is based in New York City

Information provided here is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your healthcare team for advice tailored to your personal diagnosis and treatment.