"Every health-care provider and all family members should read this book. It is a gift and a treasure." -- Bernie Siegel, M. D.
"This is a beautiful book about life and death in which children are our teachers. It is full of joy..." -- Henri J. M. Nouwen
Dr. Komp is the first person I've met who found personal faith while treating such dying children. -- Philip Yancey
From the Back Cover
"To love a child who will die soon is to expose one's self to the pain of dying," writes veteran surgeon and missionary doctor Paul Brand about Dr. Diane Komp's work with children. In this richly detailed memoir, Dr. Komp describes her journey to a vibrant faith in God. Schooled by medical mentors who told her to set aside her personal feelings as she treated young cancer patients, Dr. Komp's faith slipped away until she could no longer believe. "If I were to believe," she writes, "it would require the testimony of reliable witnesses . . ." Her "reliable witnesses" appeared in the suffering lives of the children she treated: Children like Anna, who mustered enough energy to sit up in her hospital bed and say, "Mommy, can you see them (angels)? Do you hear their singing?" Or young Donny, a boy with Down's syndrome and leukemia, who entertained his doctor with a mythical feast shortly before he died. Parents, too, bore witness to a God who restores life even in the face of death: the pain of divorce healed at the death of a son; a grieving mom and dad of twins who died within three months of each other: "Soon, Jordan, you will go to see Jesus and Nathan in heaven." Even parents angry enough to "hate" God but who never lost belief. "My own vision of God is more informed by these 'parental theologians,'" writes Dr. Komp. Written with remarkable honesty, A Window to Heaven captures the essence of what it means to believe in God when life's tragedies seem to undermine our faith. It is the story of an unbeliever's journey to a faith guided by her patients, the littlest of God's giants.