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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.
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Discovery House
Publication Date: 2012
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Researchers continue to spend time and money looking for ways to prolong life. However, the reality of the matter remains the samewe are all going to die at some point in time. Written with creativity and honesty, The Last Enemy speaks to Christians facing death or troubled by its inevitability. It brings clarity and hope to the subject of death and dying by exploring our emotions and reactions, the pain imposed by the enemy, and Jesus triumph over sin and death. The Last Enemy encourages readers to focus on what matters most and prepare for ultimate victory.
Michael E. Wittmer is Professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Center for Christian Worldview at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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!"
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CLydeDenver COAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good for small group study.January 31, 2013CLydeDenver COAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We are using this book in small group. It stimulates excellent discussion on a topic we often avoid.
DoctorHays KansasAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great BookSeptember 6, 2012DoctorHays KansasAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Good review of how a Christian should look at death. We do not grieve like the pagans, but we should still grieve.
IreneUnited States4 Stars Out Of 5I found some of this book very encouraging.March 15, 2012IreneUnited StatesQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book, The Last Enemy: Preparing to Win the Fight of Your Life, is about death but don't let that scare you away from reading it. We may not like to think about it but death will come. This book, written by Michael Wittmer, is about learning to focus your attention on living right now for the Lord instead of living in fear of death. The author teaches that Jesus has triumphed over death and sin by dying and rising again. He stresses that if we sit and worry about the inevitable we are wasting the time the Lord has given us to spread the word of His salvation.
I found some of the book very encouraging and uplifting. Other parts of the book were confusing to me. I did like the style of the writing but got lost in some of the details. If you have been struggling with the death of a loved one or have gotten news that you have some terminal medical issue, you will find helpful information in this book. I did take one lesson away from that book and that is to be more in the moment and enjoy the time I do have left to serve the Lord.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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