Rev. Richard Anton Bolland is a Lutheran author I’ve blogged about before. His latest release especially pulls on my heartstrings. As he says in the Amazon description, he’s been diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer, and he’s written a book about what the experience has been like in an effort to help others, both finding comfort and handling preparations. Hence When a Christian Faces Death: Finding Comfort with a Terminal Illness.
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Today’s post is a guest review of a book quickly becoming beloved by many of my dearest friends, Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart. Rev. Gaven Mize, who you know as the Lutheran children’s author of My little ABC Liturgy Book and God Loves Me Such: That He Would Give, has taken time to weigh in and review Kloria’s latest as an answer when death questions come up with your child.
It’s been a weekend of ideas for me and I’m happy to share. I’d be really interested in reading more deathbed scenes written by Lutherans. In particular, it struck me that unbelievers, or even irregular attenders, may have no idea how wrenching it can be for a believer to watch death approach a loved one.
Something sad has happened in our congregation and it has me thinking of darker, sadder things. It wasn’t anything grand or thrilling. It wasn’t anything that someone would jump to write about. There wasn’t even the thrill we sometimes wickedly seek in sin or seeing a sinner’s downfall. It is real life in this fallen, death-ridden world. It is loss and pain and uncertainly and the trauma of life support for a beloved young man.
While our days go on in the midst of myriad vulnerabilities, I thought about how novels sometimes are mimicking life in part to emotionally prepare us for the unknowns ahead. Guiding us toward answers and lessons we finally learn when we experience the grief or pain first hand. At the same time . . .