An outstanding look at a vital but neglected issue

Here’s my review of Rob Moll’s excellent book, The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come.

Rob Moll has done the church a tremendous service. How does our faith in the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life affect how we think about the end of life? Unfortunately, Moll reports, Christians often join the larger culture in skirting the issue. For whatever reason, we who should be the last people to fear death indeed do tremble at the Grim Reaper.

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.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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