How Will I Face Death? From September 11, 2001 to the war in Iraq, from hurricanes to firestorms, death has become a televised and troubling reality for Americans in the 20th and 21st centuries. In our families, we see death on a more personal scale. It can be a struggle to find hope and healing when someone you love dies. Take Away The Stone leads the reader on a journey to grasp the enormous power of the life Jesus brings. It explores the life Jesus promises to all who trust in him. We can face death with peace, hope, and even joy Alan Sommer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, in 1986 and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1990. He has served as a parish pastor for over 17 years, and has been a companion to many families and individuals who have experienced the pain that death brings. He currently pastors at Light of the Hills Lutheran Church in Cameron Park, California, where he lives with his wife Beth and their two children.