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Recommendations

 

A page to post some of the things I have found to be helpful. Will update periodically.

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The Art of dying

This is an excellent book exploring the history of and current cultural beliefs surrounding death and dying.

It shows clearly how beliefs and expectations have changed in a relatively short time and why we find ourselves so conflicted by some of what we feels and experience as Christians.I thoroughly recommend this book, it has significantly challenged my thinking. Rob is an author living in Seattle. His website is robmoll.com.

“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.”

Nearing Home

A book from Billy Graham that has a lot to say about how to live fruitfully and positively in to the later years of our lives.  Somewhat counter cultural these days, unfortunately. This is not as he goes on to explain the biblical blue print nor is it the way God intended it to be. It is great to hear words of wisdom from one who has gone before us in years, now 93.

Room 217 therapeutic music resources.

“have been specifically designed to create a pathway of soothing comfort through life’s transitions. They may provide support to those with complex care needs, life challenging illness, those facing stressful times in their lives, and those who are looking for calm and relaxation in the midst of their life journey.” – Bev Foster

Really interesting helpful and hopeful book by NT Wright. Theologian and Anglican Bishop of Durham (UK) This was a real challenge and an encouragement to me.

“For years Christians have been asking, “If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?” It turns out that many believers have been giving the wrong answer”