I Choose Everything  -     By: Jozanne Moss, Michael Wenham
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I Choose Everything

Monarch Books / 2011 / Paperback

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An uplifting account of God's faithfulness from two terminally ill believers! Introduced through e-mail, Moss, a South African mother of two, and Wenham, a British Anglican priest, share their journey of living with Lou Gehrig's disease and their conviction that all of life---from beginning to end---is a gift from God. Foreword by Desmond Tutu.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 0857210122
ISBN-13: 9780857210128
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

Two terminally ill Christians--one in England, one in South Africa--explore their experience of God's love

Jozanne Moss, in South Africa, and Michael Wenham, in Britain, have only met by email. Both struggle daily with Lou Gehrig's Disease, a progressive and ultimately fatal condition, which destroys the body while leaving the mind fully alert. Both are married to remarkable people who support and care for them.

Through Jozanne's story they address the myth that pain and suffering are sent by dark powers, and that God is only responsible for the good bits. Michael explains: "We receive from God everything, both light and shade, praising him in every circumstance, seeing all of life as his gift from beginning to end."

The book is organized with chapters from Joazanne followed by a response and commentary from Michael, an Anglican minister. This allows him to address big questions such as "Why does a good God, if there is one, allow all this pain in his world?" Michael comments: "God has brought us together with the same illness and the same goal: to encourage and inspire others with the life God has purposed for us . . . We are not victims "

Their story is wonderfully uplifting, made radiant by the faith of the two authors.

Endorsements

"The writers' frank first-hand style tells it as it is...Their faith helps them make sense of the chaos of living. Healthcare professionals should read this." -Baroness Professor Ilora Finlay, patron of the MND Association

"Jozanne and Michael offer a deep, careful and rich engagement with the Bible in the midst of the daily reality of terminal illness. They tackle hugely important issues with honesty and vulnerability." -Rev. Nicky Gumbel, Holy Trinity Brompton

"This book is a triumph. It is important and beautiful and incredible. And for me, personally, a deeply reflective journey." -Louise Halling (who has Muscular Dystrophy) Sydney, Australia

Publisher's Weekly

Before they die, Moss and Wenham have something to say about living. Moss, a teacher in South Africa, and Wenham (My Donkey Body), an Anglican priest in England, suffer from motor neuron disease (known in the U.S. as ALS)--not a diagnosis but a death sentence, declares Moss. The authors met through the Internet, and some of Moss's blog posts about her degeneration are reprinted here. She concentrates on her family as well as her spiritual maturing, whereas Wenham focuses on biblical studies related to sickness-unto-death and/or healing. Some arguments are more focused than others; his exegesis of Job is his soundest. Her weakest essay is on humor; her strongest, on a mother's love. Her concern for her children's welfare exceeds worry about her death, for she knows she is going to heaven. The twain meet in unified messages about living with terminal illness and faith. Both stand firmly against suicide and for pain management. The dominant word is "choice," from "choose" in the title to their thesis: "[we] embrace the whole of life whether we like it or not." (Apr.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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