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REVIEW OF "DEPARTING IN PEACE" (END OF LIFE DECISION MAKING)

06/25/2018

REVIEW OF DEPARTING IN PEACE
(Biblical Decision-Making at the End of Life);
P & R; 2017

Bill Davis is a trained philosopher and professor, pastor and Christian. He knows we are all going to die. How will we die? How will our loved ones die? What decisions must we make in light of the tremendous advances in medical science and technology? Will we cause premature death? Will we unwittingly prolong the agony of dying? How can we tell? How can we
ask good questions of the doctors? Dr. Davis has put us in his debt by writing a comprehen- sive overview of dying and the kinds of decisions facing Christians in the 21st century.

CHAPTERS

1. Introduction

2. Foundational Considerations

3. End of Life Treatment Decisions: Challenges

4. Putting Biblical Principles into Practice: True Stories

5. Advance Directives

6. Money and End of Life Decisions

7. Hospital Realities: Making the Most of Them

8. Things to Do Now

Appendix A: Principles Identified, Defended and Applied

Appendix B: Sketch of the Lesson Plans for “Ask the Doctors”

Appendix C: Sketch of the Lesson Plans for “Leaving Instructions”

Glossary (of Medical and Theological Terms)

If most of us are honest, we don’t plan to die. We know in the back of our minds that we will die sometime. But under what conditions if we are incapacitated or in hospital, we don’t much think about. And we wait until the end to think about our responsibilities with our loved ones too. This book will prevent unexamined and thoughtless decisions and help the reader navigate the oft confusing waters at the end of life and spare many a heartache. Every pastor and every church library should have a copy of this book to loan out or give out.

Steve Martin (31 years a pastor in Atlanta)
Dean of Students; IRBS Theological Seminary in Texas

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