My Forthcoming Book

I’ve received the okay to announce that I’m writing a book for Crossway on end-of-life care through a Christian lens. It’s intended for laypeople, and Lord willing will be on shelves sometime in 2019.  The tentative title is Neither Life nor Death: A Practical Guide for Christians on End-of-Life Critical Care.

The literally hundreds of heartbreaking meetings I’ve held with patients and their families to discuss tragedies in the ICU inspired the book concept. Over the years I became progressively discouraged by the whirlwind of medical technology and jargon I would discuss in these meetings, while the spiritual facets of life and death remained unvoiced. I pray it comforts those struggling in the maelstrom of end-of-life decisions.

If I’m a bit scarce on the blog, I’m likely panicking about cranking out a book while my kids clamber all over me!

Blessings to all.

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  1. Katie,
    I am grateful to hear about this book. There is a need for the medical side to be heard and understood but also a need for the Christian community to look at the realities of life in this bodies and do some thinking about these issues before we are standing next to a loved one in the ICU. So many issues. May God bless your work.

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement, and for your prayers. They help to ground me, and to affirm for me the need to write the book! Blessings to you and yours.

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  2. I am so glad, and relieved, that a biblical and God glorifying book is being written on obedient palliative care. My Mother died recently and asked not to be resuscitated. Thankfully, the Lord ended her life before such a decision needed to be made. My Father has dementia and refuses to discuss his end-of-life care. My brother is a hard atheist who believes in euthanasia!! I live alone and am concerned that my end-of-life care may not adhere to God’s will. I have agreed with my Pastor that he be my next of kin so that he can make biblical decisions on my behalf when the time comes. I am also aware that God is sovereign over all things, and so I am safe in his omnipotent gracious hands.

    I would love to read your book when it is published as I would like to ensure I am well informed and can therefore ensure all legal arrangements have been made to reduce any potential conflict or concerns (for medical staff & family)when the time comes.

    Thank you for addressing this often unspoken issue.

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    1. C, I’m so saddened to hear about your mother’s passing, and also about the anxieties and sense of isolation you seem to be facing in these issues. I thank the Lord that you have a trusting relationship with your pastor. I’ve seen far too many people struggle with questions in the ICU that cut to the core of their Biblical values, but which no one addresses openly. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your story. Your words are encouragement to me, and offer me inspiration and focus to pursue this project, through God’s grace, in a way that honors Him.

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