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The Last Enemy [Kindle Edition]

Michael Wittmer
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Book Description

It can be unsettling to come to grips with the reality that death is the final enemy you will battle in this life. However, Michael Wittmer creatively and honestly brings hope and clarity to the subject as he helps you explore your emotions and reactions, the pain imposed by the enemy, and Jesus’ triumph over sin and death. Discover how you can have peace to focus on what matters most and prepare for everlasting life with God.


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"Though death is a cold subject, there is no need to cringe at the thought of reading this warm book. With The Last Enemy, Dr. Wittmer places a pastoral hand on our shoulders and shows us how with 'shaky knees and sweaty palms, faith swallows hard and clings to God's promise that we will live again.' Here is a book that is accessible to all readers but also theologically sound. And since, until Christ returs, the death rate will be right around 100 percent, we all need to prepare for our final breath with just such a book as this. The Last Enemy is a book that I will regularly recommend and give away."
(Dr. Chris Brauns, author of "Unpacking Forgiveness"; pastor, The Red Brick Churc)

"Need a recipe for a great book? Start with a topic of desperate relevance. We all face death. Add a writer who makes it look easy to write engaging, accessible, sophisticated theology. Who better than Mike Wittmer? The secret, though, to this recipe is the glorious truth that Christ has conquered death. This may sound strange, but as unpleasnat as it may be to think about death, Wittmer's joy in Christ makes this a fun book to read."
(James Hamilton, author of "God's Glory in Salvation through Judgement"; Associat)

"When you are young you feel bulletproof--live is long and death is a distant non-reality. And then you stand by the casket of a friend whose life was extinguished suddenly or you start getting old and can see your mortality quickly approaching on the horizon. There are reminders all around us that death is the ever-present, not-so-far-away enemy that threatans to take all the fun out of living. Someone needs to help us understand this haunting shadow--and not with worn out platitudes! Not to my surprise, Mike Wittmer is the one whose pen flows with honest and transparent reflections on how to get the 'exit ramp from life' into a productive perspective. This is the book that all of us need to read so that we can look forward to the fatal moment with courage, confidence, and eager anticipation!"
(Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, author of "Eternity: Reclaiming a Passion for What Endure)

"Everyone who plans to die should read this honest look at our enemy. Each candid chapter is as plain and unadorned as Mike Wittmer the man can be--and he really can be that. But the logic is also strong with Mike Wittmer the theologian's biblical understanding. And that offers courage without cliches. Plan to readt it!"
(Knute Larson, author of "The Great Human Race"; pastor emeritus, "The Chapel", A)

"Michael Wittmer has done a powerful service to those facing their own death with this helpful book. He replaces the shallow platitudes of pop religion with Holy Scripture's clear teachings about life, death, and eternal life. Michael illustrates in refreshing manner why we can die and still live in Jesus Christ, death's Conqueror. Hope and humor make this book a powerful resource for a tough time. I heartily recommend it!"
(Rev. Robert Deardoff; pastor, "Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, North Platte, N)

From the Back Cover

Although researchers continue to spend time and money looking for ways to prolong life, the reality of the matter remains the same—everyone is going to die. It can be unsettling to come to grips with the fact that death is the final foe you will face in this life. How can you fight and defeat such a terrifying enemy?

 In The Last Enemy Michael E. Wittmer speaks candidly to Christians facing death or troubled by its inevitability. With a style that is creative and honest, he brings clarity and hope to the subject of death and dying. Gain insights from powerful stories and biblical truths as he helps you explore your emotions and reactions, the pain imposed by the enemy, and Jesus’ triumph over sin and death.

 Discover how you can have peace to focus on what matters most and live with confident expectation of victory through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 


Product Details

  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery House Publishers (March 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007O0LNBE
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Lessons to Change Your Life - and Death March 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
I can't imagine writing a book proposal for a book on death. Intended audience? Everyone. Marketing plan? That's the hard part. How do you market a book on death? It's a topic that most of us would rather avoid, and many of us do until it's too late.

But that's exactly why we need a book on death. Particularly, it's why we need a book like The Last Enemy Mike Wittmer. Wittmer faces this challenging subject with a keen mind, a quick wit, and penetrating insight.

The layout of the book is simple. The first half of the book examines death, our last enemy. Wittmer describes death's causes, consequences, and the psychological warfare it inflicts upon every member of the human race. The second half of the book explores Jesus' victory over death. Specifically, it explores how Jesus overcame death in his cross and resurrection, and how this secures heaven and the New Earth -- much better than the disembodied heaven that most seem to imagine. A final few chapters conclude the book with practical advice for those nearing the end of life.

There are a few reasons I love this book.

First, Wittmer has a gift for clearly communicating theology. And from what I hear in funeral homes and even at funerals, we need it. I think I've heard more bad theology preached at funerals than I have almost anywhere else. Not only is it bad, but it's also profoundly unhelpful. Wittmer does a good job of explaining what the Bible says, and he does so in a way that is clear and helpful.

Second, Wittmer writes well. Really well. If you can write a book on death and make it funny and interesting, then you are a good writer indeed. He kept my interest, made me laugh, and moved my emotions. How can you not like paragraphs like this one?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I've been contemplating death a lot, lately. Maybe it's because I just turned 32, and I see my young adult life quickly passing by. Maybe it's because I'm just coming out of "the land between," that murky, vacuous space where you're confused as heck about your purpose in life. Maybe it's because a childhood neighbor friend dropped dead of a heart attack a few months ago at the age of 29 on an afternoon jog in preparation for a police officer certification program--unlike your stereotypical donut-eating cop, he was in tip-top shape.

Perhaps it comes with age and perhaps it comes with greater life experiences, but I'm more aware of my own mortality and the mortality of those closest to me than ever before. Which is why I am really thankful for a new book by my friend and mentor, Mike Wittmer. For about a year now he's affectionally referred to his latest writing project as his "death book," and that's what it is, a book on death called The Last Enemy: Preparing to Win the Fight of Your Life.

Here's how this book launches into the biggest elephant in our collective rooms:

"You are going to die. Take a moment to let that sink in. You are going to die. One morning the sun will rise and you won't see it. Birds will greet the dawn and you won't hear them. Friends and family will gather to celebrate your life, and after you're buried they'll return to the church for ham and scalloped potatoes. Soon your job and favorite chair and spot on the team will be filled by someone else. The rest of the world may pause to remember--it will give you a moment of silence if you were rich or well known--but then it will carry on as it did before you arrived.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preparing All for the Final Chapter of Our Lives April 21, 2012
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Being a student of bioethics I have read much about death and dying. This brief book is the best I have read in 25 years of studying the topic. For my 87 year-old Mom this is a wonderful reminder of the promises we have in Christ while at the same time being a realistic look at the grief and suffering associated with death.

For the 63 year-old me, in addition to the reminder of promises made by God, it renews and stirs my faith in the resurrection of Christ and gives me a refreshing hope in the future both here and in eternity.

For my children and grandchildren, it provides a realistic look at the one inevitable experience all humans share, but also offers the promises of God to all.

A wonderful book and well worth reading, and rereading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read It! January 2, 2013
Format:Paperback
When he was still just a young man, Jonathan Edwards wrote out a series of resolutions and among them he included these words: "Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death." Edwards saw value in thinking about death, and not just death in the abstract, but his own death and the circumstances which might surround it. Martin Luther would have agreed that this was a good idea. He wrote, "We should familiarize ourselves with death during our lifetime, inviting death into our presence when it is still at a distance and on the move."

I guess this may sound morbid to some and especially so in a culture in which we flee from death and live in denial of its power and inevitability, but I have to throw in my lot with those giants of the faith. I try to make books on death a regular part of my reading diet and find that they always challenge me.

Death is the subject of Mike Wittmer's little gem of a book The Last Enemy. This is a realistic, powerful and hopeful book. He gets right to the point and begins like this:

You are going to die. Take a moment to let that sink in. You are going to die. One morning the sun will rise and you won't see it. Birds will greet the dawn and you won't hear them. Friends and family will gather to celebrate your life, and after you're buried they'll return to the church for ham and scalloped potatoes. Soon your job and favorite chair and spot on the team will be filled by someone else. The rest of the world may pause to remember--it will give you a moment of silence if you were rich or well known--but then it will carry on as it did before you arrived.

Death will, indeed, take us all. The world will move on and we will be gone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with the Ultimate Enemy
This book is hard hitting in a very penetrating and smooth way. Many of us avoid looking at both life on earth and the afterlife in heaven and hell when we die. Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Boden
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL BOOK FULL OF TRUTH AND HOPE
A WONDERFUL BOOK FULL OF TRUTH AND HOPE , WAS MEAT FOR THE SPIRIT , NOT MILK TO TICKLE THE EARS .
Published 5 months ago by LOIS JOHANNES
5.0 out of 5 stars In life, in death, preparation is everything!
I highly recommend this book for those who are Christian believers or those who are not sure. Whenever I find out that I may have a limited time in this physical life, I want to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Banana70
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this..
I chose this book after I heard a pastor recommend it on noco90 a podcast on ITunes. It is very well written and inspirational. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cathy Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars The Last Enemy. Wrongly bought
I bought this book by mistake. I though it was about the Battle of Britain. Which is what I wanted.
This book is about death!
Published 18 months ago by twincojim
5.0 out of 5 stars Death our last enemy
It is something that we do not usually think about unless faced with it. Death is our last enemy. This book is for those that have been given the gift of knowing that they are... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jeanie S
5.0 out of 5 stars A bestseller on death?
If anyone can make a book on death a bestseller, it's Mike Wittmer. A lively, original, concise writer who combines solid biblical orthodoxy with a rare ability to communicate... Read more
Published 22 months ago by David Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Enemy
Finally , an accurate description of what death really is.  The total absence of God.  Jesus did defeat this terrible enemy    allowing us feeble humans to know that salvation and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ferdinand Lachance
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Enemy
I really enjoyed this book, It was very Insightful and Informative.
It starts out by dealing with the shock of you finding out that everyone will die and that is a curse from... Read more
Published on November 5, 2012 by Shelley Walling
5.0 out of 5 stars death the last enemy
this is a very good e book i purchased from amazon e reader it will make you think if you are living wrong the devil will be waiting for you. Read more
Published on April 30, 2012 by Thomas Adams
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I teach theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and I enjoy writing books on important theological topics that can be read by any interested person. Many scholars write for other scholars. While it's important to write books that don't oversimplify and are credible with other scholars, my ministry is to write books for the church.

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