Can You Hear Me? by Y.Y. Chan
Can good things really come from bad things?
Why does God allow bad things to happen?
Will Daddy still be able to hear me from Heaven?
These are just some of the questions Renee starts thinking about after she finds out that her daddy has cancer. She feels very sad and struggles to understand why this is happening. He hasn’t even been her daddy for that long – there’s still so much they haven’t done yet! All she can think to do is pray and ask God to make her daddy better. But when she realizes he isn’t, she begins to wonder what God’s plan is, and whether God can hear her prayers at all. She documents all the things that are happening in her diary as she watches her daddy go through the stages of cancer. Through this painful experience, she learns about the meaning of faith and how she can stay connected to her beloved father after he is gone.
There are also discussion questions at the end for readers to share in small groups or as a guide for self-reflection and journaling. It can be used for grief support groups for those who have lost someone to cancer or terminal illness.
Can You Hear Me, Daddy? by Y.Y. Chan
Renee keeps a diary after she finds out her daddy is sick with cancer. She even starts praying and asking God to make him better. But what if he doesn’t get any better?
She is worried that she won’t be able to talk to her daddy after he has gone, but her daddy encourages her to keep talking to him, no matter what.
“But how will I know if you can hear me?” she asks.
“Just have faith,” her daddy answers.
Even as he becomes sicker and weaker, she learns about the meaning of faith and sees how we can still have peace and joy during such a difficult time.
It is not easy to talk to your kids about the difficult and uncomfortable topics of death, loss, and grief. Hopefully, with this book, readers can be uplifted and learn about how faith in Christ can bring us peace and comfort, knowing that death is not the end, but the beginning of an eternity with our Father in Heaven.
I have to say I can see why both of Y.Y. Chan’s novels have 5-star reviews on Amazon. Her books are wholehearted and amazing. The pure connection of a father and daughter is so heartfelt I read Can You Hear Me? and Can You Hear Me, Daddy? twice! The illustrations in Can You Hear Me, Daddy? were perfect too. They suited the story and writing style, which isn’t an easy thing to achieve. You can really tell these novels were from the heart, and I am so glad to be reviewing these novels. I definitely recommend getting your copies today!
Y.Y. Chan was born in Hong Kong but grew up in sunny Brisbane, Australia, where she had Christmas during summer. She returned to Hong Kong to teach English after graduating from university. When her father passed away, she took a break from teaching to travel, read, and write. She now tutors English and works freelance for different educational institutes.
Her best writing comes out late at night when everyone else is asleep. ‘Can You Hear Me, Daddy?’ is her debut picture book. When she is not writing or teaching, she is either reading or looking for more books to add to her overflowing bookshelf.
Note: I was provided a copy of this novel.
Message from the Author: ‘If you or know anyone who may be going through a difficult time in their lives, have lost a loved, suffered trauma, need a support system that understands what you are going through, I would like to invite you to join this group which is focused on using creative ways to cope with grief.
Some of the greatest stories, poems, artworks, music are byproducts of grief! I hope to encourage others to use their grief and pain to create something and be able to share openly with others in this safe space.
Feel free to join, share and invite others to walk together on this journey.‘