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When Is It Right to Die? A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying
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When is it Right to Die? offers an alternative path to assisted suicide, a path filled with hope, compassion, and death with real dignity. Joni Eareckson Tada knows what it means to wrestle with this issue and to wish for a painless solution. For the last 50 years she has been confined to a wheelchair and struggled against her own paralysis.
Whether you have a dying family member, facing moral and medical choices, or struggling with a chronic condition that feels overwhelming, this revised and updated book will help you find practical encouragement and biblical advice to help you make difficult decisions.
Number of Pages: 208
|Publication Date: 2018|
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More and more people who are terminally ill are choosing assisted suicide. When is it Right to Die? offers a different path with alternatives of hope, compassion, and death with real dignity. Joni Eareckson Tada knows what it means to wrestle with this issue and to wish for a painless solution. For the last 50 years she has been confined to a wheelchair and struggled against her own paralysis. And she sat by the bedside of her dying father, thinking, So much suffering, why not end it all quickly, painlessly?
The terminally ill, the elderly, the disabled, the depressed and suicidal, can all be swept up into this movement of self-deliverance. Skip the suffering. Put a quick end to merciless pain and mental anguish. These are tempting enticements to the hurting. Joni doesnt give pat answers. Instead, she gives warm comfort from God and practical help to meet the realities for those facing death.
When Is It Right to Die tells the stories of families who have wrestled with end-of-life questions and found that death with dignity does not necessarily mean three grams of Phenobarbital in the veins. Behind every right-to-die situation is a family. A family like yours. In her warm, personal way, Joni takes the reader into the lives of families and lets them speak about assisted suicide. What they say is surprising.
Whether you have a dying family member, facing moral and medical choices, or struggling with a chronic condition that feels overwhelming, this book will help you find practical encouragement and biblical advice to help you make difficult decisions.
This book is revised and updated to examine the current events, trending issues, and the rising acceptance of assisted suicide in this country.
Joni Eareckson Tada is CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community. Joni and Friends provides practical support and spiritual help to special-needs families worldwide, and equips thousands of churches in developing disability ministry. Joni is the author of numerous bestselling books, including When God Weeps, Diamonds in the Dust, A Step Further, winner of the Gold Medallion Award, and her latest A Spectacle of Glory. Joni and her husband, Ken, have been married for 35 years. For more information on Joni and Friends, visit www.joniandfriends.org
Kendra5 Stars Out Of 5a compelling argument for valuing lifeFebruary 2, 2018KendraQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In this updated version of her book originally published in 1992, Joni Earekson Tada tackles a subject that has become highly political and emotionally charged--When is it Right to Die?
Spending 50 years as a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, surviving cancer and severe depression, and living with chronic pain has given Joni a voice we need to consider as we wrestle with questions of preserving human dignity, quality of life, exorbitant health care costs, and other reasons our culture is using to actively promote abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.
Joni compassionately urges the reader to choose life. She argues that our living matters to others, to ourselves, to the devil, and to God. She also includes a section on how to discern between sustaining life and prolonging death, advance medical directives, and dying well. Each chapter includes questions for further thought, as well as real-life scenarios to work through, encouraging the reader to personalize the issues and establish convictions.
One thing I personally related to was in the section about how our living matters to the devil. She says the devil has a deep hatred for our bodies and will do anything he can to destroy them because our bodies are made in the image of God. "Your heart, mind, hands and feet are stamped with the imprint of the Creator. Little wonder the devil wants you to do your body in!" (pg. 105) She mentions specifically bad-mouthing our bodies (something I'm guilty of at times) as agreeing with the devil's lies. Ouch!
I just happened to read this book in conjunction with Nancy Pearcey's Love Thy Body, which also addresses euthanasia. While Pearcey's book is maybe more technical and Tada's more appealing to the heart, together they make a powerful argument against our culture's devaluing of life and the body.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Zondervan) in exchange for my review.
britluver20021Arnold, CAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An inspiring book to read!January 18, 2018britluver20021Arnold, CAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I just recently read a book called When Is It Right to Die and really enjoyed it. It asked very hard hitting questions about how life and death and how we should handle it. I liked the quote on page 49 that says "Each year more than 44 thousand people die by suicide in the United States. It is estimated that 25 times that number attempt suicide year. And the numbers have steadily risen since 2006." That really shocked me, didn't realize how bad it had become.
I also liked the quote on page 55 which says "No decent human being would allow an animal to suffer without putting it out of its misery. It is only to human beings that human beings are so cruel as to allow them to live on in pain, in hopelessness, in living death, without moving a muscle to help them." That is so honest and true.
I liked the quote on page 73 which says " When prescribing doctors fill out a final report after an assisted suicide, the top four reasons given for the request for assisted suicide are, 1-decreasing ability to participate in activities that made life enjoyable, 2-loss of autonomy,3- loss of dignity,4- a sense of being a burden. The quote on page 95 is great as well. " If we cannot be torn in pieces by the roaring lion, we may be hugged to death by the bear. The devil cares very little which it is, as long as he destroys our love for Christ and our confidence in Him." In a related quote on page 97 which says " Little wonder that Jesus not only recognized the existence of a devil, but nailed him with the name tempter."
I like the quote on page 102 that says " The apostle Paul got depressed. We are pressed on every side by trouble, but not crushed or broken. We are perplexed because we don't know why things happen as they do, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandon's us. " The quote on page 106 goes with this last quote which reads " The devil is a fallen angel. He is a deceiver. He is doomed for destruction."
On page 119 it says " Life is more fleeting than we realize. We need the perspective of David, who wrote these words in Psalm 39:6-4 " Show me, Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years are nothing before you..." The quote on page 168 says " Followers of Christ are supposed to give, even when it hurts. We serve, even when-and especially when-we're worry or discouraged. Christ calls us to look out for others' interests before our own."
Disclosure of Material Connection. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, part 255. "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
wheelsmsChicopee, MAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Living and Dying with DignityJanuary 18, 2018wheelsmsChicopee, MAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5No thinking person chooses suffering. But we can choose our attitude in the midst of suffering. This is one of the many truths presented in Joni Eareckson Tadas latest book, When is it Right to Die? A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying. It could also serve as perhaps the theme of the book. Joni wants to change how the disabled view their suffering. Rather than choosing the easier way out through euthanasia or assisted suicide, Joni presents the reasons why we should choose life.
The book is divided into three sections. Part 1 focus on A Time to Live? She acknowledges the truth that pain is real. She also addresses some of the common reasons given for suicide. Part 2 looks at A Time to Choose. Through four chapters, Joni explains why our choices on this subject matterto others, to you, to the enemy, and to God. After spending two-thirds of the book arguing for choosing life, Part 3 finally addresses the issue of A Time to Die. It includes a helpful chapter on the difference between sustaining life versus not prolonging death. Joni also argues for the importance of each person having a health care directive where we wrestle with important issues before they are ever needed.
The book was originally written and published twenty-five years ago. Time and culture have changed as well as the author has much more life experience of living as a quadriplegic, dealing with chronic pain, and surviving cancer. With new perspective, Joni rewrote and updated the book. It provides a biblical and practical look at one of the important topics of the day.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Kozlof5 Stars Out Of 5A very insightful view of a troubling conversationJanuary 13, 2018KozlofQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With the conversation around right to life (right to die) legislation this book (update and rerelease) from Joni Eareckson Tada is an important piece to consider.
Being a person with sever disability (quadriplegic) Joni brings the reader into her world by recounting her tragic paralysis and all the emotions wrapped up in this event. The book has been updated to help guide readers as they possibly encounter the conversation of assisted suicide or quality of life when a loved one (or self) approach death.
When is it right to die presents view points from those who have faced end of life decisions and each chapter allows the reader to invest in the conversation as questions are asked around scenarios those around us may one day face. There are some incredible insights and directives presented including the need for believers to pray for the wisdom needed in their specific situation.
I greatly enjoyed this book and recommend it for anyone. I mean literally anyone as this conversation is only going to get more serious as days go by. But if you are in ministry or health care this should be considered a must read. You are on the front lines of this discussion.
*I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. These are my personal thoughts.