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The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come Paperback – June 4, 2010
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"A welcome call to the Church to recover a reasonable readiness for death." (D. Andrew Jones, Touchstone, November/December 2010)
"This highly readable, brief and concentrated book is a treasure. . . I had to use 14 stick strips to remind me of the very best bits. . . I recommend this book for libraries, to be studied and discussed as an evaluation of congregational unity, caring, and goal setting. It has pricks that cannot be ignored, and points to bring us to purposeful lives." (Rosalee Stent, Lamplighter Reviews, September 2010)
"Moll calls for us to recover the deeply Christian practice of dying through preparing for the event. The Art of Dying has much food for thought." (Baptist Bulletin, July/August 2010)
"The book is thoroughly researched, wide in scope, and a real eye-opener. Readers will find much to absorb and learn. It should be of value to individuals and families confronting death. Pastors, healthcare workers, and other professionals will also find it valuable. Highly recommended." (Neil Bartlett, CBA Retailers & Resources, June 2010)
"It has often been said that medicine is both science and art. So much of a physician's training, however, is devoted to the science part, leaving precious little time for the art. As both a bioethicist and a physician, I fall prey to the same imbalance, teaching the technical and philosophical approaches to end-of-life ethics, but never teaching my patients or my students how to die. Rob Moll's book wonderfully accomplishes this task, with clarity, compassion and hope. This volume should be on the shelf of every pastor, nursing-home volunteer, layleader, and anyone caring for a dying friend or relative. It is all about living with eternity in mind." (Dennis M. Sullivan, M.D., M.A., director, Center for Bioethics, Cedarville University)
"The Art of Dying takes the fear out of dying and replaces it with rich models of dying well. Drawn from a broad spectrum of historical, theological, bioethical, social and practical resources, interlaced with captivating narrative, The Art of Dying paints a vision of what dying and grieving with the Christian community has looked like--and once again should look like. While it is particularly relevant for every Christian who will die, other mortals will benefit from reading over our shoulders." (Paige Comstock Cunningham, J.D., executive director, The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity)
"We, the church, need to recover the art of dying. . . . I hope that people will read this book--and talk about it, and take inspiration from it. I hope we will let Rob Moll's insights help us become communities where people can reckon with, rather than dodge, death." (from the foreword by Lauren Winner, assistant professor of Christian spirituality, Duke Divinity School, author, Girl Meets God)
"Dying has for many today, like sex in the nineteenth century, become the great unmentionable. But this brave, realistic, well-researched and well-digested book restores the 'good death,' as the climax of faithful discipleship, to the Christian radar screen. On going home to God, and helping others on the same journey, what is said here is excellent from every point of view." (J. I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College, author, Knowing God)
"This book is urgently needed by many churches and individuals who don't help their members or loved ones to die well. Rob Moll reminds Christians not to be afraid of their own deaths. His numerous ideas also teach us how to accompany other people to their deaths. I pray this book will enable many congregations to develop new practices and programs for the elderly and their caretakers." (Marva J. Dawn, author of Being Well When We're Ill, My Soul Waits and In the Beginning, GOD)
"Every seminarian and parish minister should read this book. Rob Moll recovers the Christian tradition's lost teaching on preparing for death. He then offers theologically sound guidance for families and clergy as they serve the dying and then honor their legacy. Indispensable." (David Neff, editor-in-chief and vice president, Christianity Today Media Group)
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This book tackles the most difficult and avoided of subjects - death and dying. But this is a vital book to read. Moll challenges us to think about the art of dying - an art which has been lost of the last century and a half. For Christians, we must be preparing for death in the midst of our life. Running the race, glorifying God, deep spirituality is a LIFE LONG process - not just in terms of every part of our lives, but in terms of length. Scripture says we need to persevere to the end; finish the race. Dying well is a part of our Christian walk and spiritual journey.
Too many people do not die well. They pursue anything which will give them more life, even if that is a few weeks more. Medical intervention and medical science has created a culture by which there can ALWAYS be something more to be done, another machine, another tube to keep you alive. However Moll challenges us to think about when we should say "No - no more intervention - no more drastic treatment, it's time to go home, speak with my family and prepare for death."
Death and dying is one of the most intense spiritual experiences. We must learn to prepare for it. This book is filled with wonderful pastoral insight and wisdom as well as stories and illustrations from the medical and hospice worlds.
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Moll takes what could have been a morbid subject and transforms it into a deeply spiritual journey. Death is a "spiritual event" that requires preparation, and as Christians, we are to prepare for death in ways that witness to the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether we are struggling with our own mortality, or caring for a sick or an elderly person, this book will help us to be better prepared for the journey ahead.
The first part of the book opens with a brief sketch of history about how we've lost the ancient spiritual discipline of ars moriendi (the art of dying) and how we no longer understand what it means to die as believers. This historical perspective helps us see how vital it is to recover the lost discipline of ars moriendi.
The middle part of the book is filled with practical wisdom on various aspects of dying, such as caring for the dying, having conversations with caregivers, planning for the funeral, and the process of grieving and mourning. Moll weaves stories from his personal experiences and interviews with the dying and those caring for the dying, always pointing us to the transcendent light that never goes out. There is so much wisdom to be gleaned here.Read more ›
It has not always been thus. The author takes a discerning look at church history and finds something that was once called "the good death" in action. Christians used to know how to help each other through the process of death, thereby proclaiming their hope in Christ's life.
You will be challenged and encouraged to resurrect this approach to the end of life with yourself, your family, and your church, thanks to The Art of Dying. And we all need this information. Taxes may sometimes be avoidable, but death never is.
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I was disappointed. Not what I expected. Having been recommended to us, we gave the title to a friend who has cancer and now regret it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Stewart
My mom read this book when my dad was on hospice. My sister and I read it when my mom was on hospice. I gave a copy to some friends in the same situation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by suziree
Must-read for anyone, whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, caring for a loved one who is dying or has dementia, are approaching death due to illness or old age, or... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a nurse working in a acute care hospital, this is a discussion that needs to be had tactfully and respectfully with patients and their families. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kelly
Not an easy one to read because of the topic, but necessary. Great reflection on the inevitable process we all we journey to and through.Published 13 months ago by Jacob Coldwell
The dying process should be every bit as important as the living process. We need to get back to talking about it, planning for it and especially helping others through it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michigander