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Mrs. Hunter's Happy Death: Lessons on Living from People Preparing to Die Hardcover – February 21, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion; First Edition edition (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385516061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385516068
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,821,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance Praise for Mrs. Hunter’s Happy Death


Mrs. Hunter’s Happy Death deserves, and will delight, a wide readership. Very few authors could pull off such a tour de force where history, theology, spirituality, and pastoral care sit so cozily within the covers of a single book.”

--Leonard Sweet, author of Out of the Question . . . Into the Mystery


“In an era in which death often stalks a patient long before overtaking them, this book serves as a manual as well as an inspiration. Not since the work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross three decades ago has there been such a seminal work in the field.”

--Dr. Robert W. Edgar, National Council of Churches USA


Mrs. Hunter’s Happy Death is more than an engaging and creative treatment of death. It is a ringing affirmation of life lived with faith, love, joy, and hope.”

--Bishop Kenneth L. Carder, Duke University Divinity School


“Happiness in dying is the admixture of joy and contentment, which finds expression in words or gestures of gratitude and praise. It is this final act of faithful living that Fanestil discerns and documents so convincingly from his pastoral experience. Mrs. Hunter’s Happy Death bears witness to happy death as present reality. It testifies not only to a death that has lost its sting, but to a life that is no longer haunted by the prospect of having to die.”

--Wallace M. Alston, director, Center of Theological Inquiry


Mrs. Hunter’s Happy Death plumbs the depths of life’s greatest mystery and offers hope through the experience of a woman who had learned the art of dying well. Truly inspirational: a magnificent immersion in the real substance of life and death.”

--Dr. Paul Wesley Chilcote, author of Changed from Glory into Glory

About the Author

JOHN FANESTIL, a native of San Diego, is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Oxford University—where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar—and the Claremont School of Theology. Since 1992 he has worked as a pastor at United Methodist churches in Southern California.

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What a delightful, sensitive, poignant book!
Marya Vinton
It is much like a love letter God has tucked sweetly in between the lines and among the words the author has so carefully selected.
C. Shea
He explains how the lessons he has learned can be applied now to help us live better lives.
Clara Kay

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DeeJay on April 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Hunter's Happy Death. Not only did the author present a history of Mrs. Hunter's "happy death," he also included specific examples of individuals from his ministry who prepared for death in this manner. I particularly enjoyed Part 2 of the book which presented spiritual lessons on living (using concrete examples) such as the exercise of prayer, recognizing the presence of God at critical moments in ones life and living in the present. Kudos to Mr. Fanestil!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lois M. Knowlton on March 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Although most Christians believe in life after death, John Fanestil's experience with members of his family and faith community inspire us to live our lives as people knowing that life on earth is just one stage of our existence. He has selected a broad range of stories from Mrs. Hunter in the early 1800s as the foundation and then illustrating how that same faith has continued in the lives of those he has known in very recent years. His stories are touching, sometimes amusing, but always deep, heartfelt descriptions of lives of faith and how their final days were lived with the joy of knowing they would experience the blessing of God in life eternal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marya Vinton on March 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Who would have thought that a book about such a topic would be a "page turner"? What a delightful, sensitive, poignant book! Appreciated Rev. Fanestil's honesty and self-disclosure as well as his easy writing style. So grateful for the spiritual disciplines identified in the second part. I will recommend this book to many, I am sure.

Santa Monica, CA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clara Kay on March 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mrs. Hunter's Happy Death captivated me. John Fanestil during his time as a Methodist minister met many people who embraced death cheerfully. He relates stories of people experiencing an enlightenment or feelings of devine love though they are ill and close to death. They are able to convey this holy feeling to thier loved ones. Then Fanestil, while reading 19th century methodist magazines learns of a common practice among methodists of the time, the "happy death". In the book he intertwines the story of one woman, Mrs. Hunter, who died in 1801 a happy death, with the stories of people he has ministered to. I found it incredibly comforting at this time when I have elderly and ill family members. He explains how the lessons he has learned can be applied now to help us live better lives. The book touched me deeply.
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