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The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come Paperback – May 4, 2010
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- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0830837361
- ISBN-13 : 978-0830837366
- Product Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
- Publisher : IVP Books (May 4, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #329,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book took on special meaning for me personally. I knew Rob as he was growing up. I always thought of Rob as one who was not satisfied with the status quo, but was seeking a deeper meaning. His insight in this book underscores this thought. Recently, we received word that Rob has found out first hand what this book means.
In the Lords Providence, Rob is now with the Lord. We don't understand why the Lord took him,and are left with many "whys". The Lord be praised. His ways are past finding out!
I continue to pray every day for the Lord to guide me on my path and help me with my grief and leaning heavily on my Pastor I feel I was progressing.
My wife wrote a lot of letters to friends and family during her last few years, these were to be distributed upon her death. I have no idea what was in any but mine. We had talked many long nights about our deaths and the life ever after.
Our Pastor quoted from this book during a sermon one Sunday. I was interested so I borrowed his copy. After reading this book I was able to put together the events of her last few years and see she tried to prepared herself and our family for her death. The book has helped me accept some things I didn't understand. My family read the book and are better for it. I now have copies I give to friends and family and plan to give one to our local library.
I will close with what she said to our Pastor 12 hrs. before she passed "I am not afraid to die, I don't want too, but I'm not afraid of it". The last lines of her letter to me: I love you, I have always loved you and I always will. But Please, Please, Please do not grieve your life away. Live and try to enjoy what little time you have left, BECAUSE WE WILL MEET AGAIN!
1. Rob Moll uses scriptures and history, especially church history, to supply some things that are missing in our current culture's view of dying, death, and mourning. He believes that the church should lead the way in ministering to these needs.
2. This book helped me clarify my thinking about how much medical intervention I would want at the end of a long life, should the Lord grant me that I reach such an age. It also gave me comfort because my loved one had not wanted heroic medical intervention at that stage of life. and Moll does a good job of explaining why these things might have actually increased, rather than appeased suffering. Likewise, it helped me understand why its important to do the things I need to do and take the time I need to take to mourn.
3. From my own experience, I believe that the church is the best place to find nurturing as loved ones go through the dying process. I also believe that it is the best place to find healing during mourning. And, when i die, I want my church family around me. I have received tremendous comfort from my church community. I also have seen how insensitive we all can be to others if our view of death, dying, and mourning is either uninformed or immature. I know I've been inadvertently hurtful to others, myself. (Here's one reason why receiving and giving grace is so important.) Rob Moll provides a good framework for building a spiritually mature community that can minister in this area. I believe that is greatly needed.
I don't really have any cons to report. There were a few times when I felt that Moll was going back over ground he had already covered, but I might have missed something in my quick reading of it. I will say that I view this book as a starting point, albeit a very heavy and thorough starting point. I hope to flesh it out by learning more about the choices involved in medical interventions, by reading material that is more personal and less topical, etc.