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“This book is a gentle companion for all who face death, whether one’s own or that of a loved one. Christians can have confidence that because death is not the end, preparing to die helps us truly live.”
– from The Art of Dying, by Rob Moll
Dear Hank: Believers around the world need occasional reminders that we are not alone in our spiritual pilgrimage. In fact, heaven’s boundaries overlap our own, and some have “entertained angels unaware.” To continue encouraging Christians to be mindful that we do not labor with our strength alone, for my gift, please send me the following:
How now shall we die?
Death will come to us all, but most of us live our lives as if death does not exist. People are living longer than ever, and medicine has made dying more complicated, more drawn out and more removed from the experience of most people. Death is partitioned off to hospital rooms, separated from our daily lives. Most of us find ourselves at a loss when death approaches. We don’t know how to die well.
Rob Moll recovers the deeply Christian practice of dying well. For centuries Christians have prepared for the “good death” with particular rituals and spiritual disciplines that have directed the actions of both the living and the dying. In this well-researched and pastorally sensitive book, Moll provides insight into death and dying issues with in-person reporting and interviews with hospice workers, doctors, nurses, bioethicists, family members and spiritual caregivers. He weighs in on bioethical and medical issues and gives guidance for those who care for the dying as well as for those who grieve.
This book is a gentle companion for all who face death, whether one’s own or that of a loved one. Christians can have confidence that because death is not the end, preparing to die helps us truly live.
The Art Of Dying