Finishing Well to the Glory of God: Strategies from a Christian Physician

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A physician proposes nine strategies for facing the end of life, contending that dying well is living well, right to the end. This book will prove to be a sensitive and helpful resource for anyone facing end-of-life issues.

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A physician proposes nine strategies for facing the end of life, contending that dying well is living well, right to the end. This book will prove to be a sensitive and helpful resource for anyone facing end-of-life issues.

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“Drawing from his years of experience as a physician who has shepherded countless patients through the ‘valley of the shadow of death,’ John Dunlop provides pastoral wisdom and sound strategies. Finishing Well to the Glory of God is filled with examples from his own life and practice, laced with rich Scriptures and punctuated with thoughtful prayers. Dr. Dunlop gently addresses spiritual, emotional, psychological, financial, and physical needs. This book helps us plan our final decades, months, weeks, and hours with a God-centered attitude toward death and dying.”
Paige Cunningham, Executive Director, The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity

“Don't face your death or that of a loved one unprepared. Finishing Well to the Glory of God is the comprehensive, deeply Christian and readable resource I know of its kind and will prepare you and your loved ones to die well.”
David Stevens, CEO, Christian Medical and Dental Associations

“Anyone who thinks the Bible is archaic will be quickly dissuaded after reading Dr. Dunlop's scriptural insights. To these insights, he adds his professional observations, personal stories, and very practical advice. The strategies he offers are clearly the result of years of experience in caring, deeply caring, for persons in their twilight years. This book will be helpful for patients and families both before death and afterward.”
Robert Orr, MD, Professor of Medical Ethics, Loma Linda University, Center for Christian Bioethics

“This volume by John Dunlop is a brilliant combination of biblical reflection, medical expertise, and godly, warm-hearted wisdom. This book will be of great help to those who are approaching the end of their lives as well as all who want to prepare now to finish well in the future. Friends, family members and other care-givers will benefit from Dunlop’s wisdom. I was especially moved by his discussion of completing the agenda of our lives and of the decision-making process of changing gears from cure to comfort. May God give this book a wide hearing!”
Steven C. Roy, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Here is a practical guide, brimming with the fresh wisdom of medical experience, a pervasive God-centered vision, and a deft pastoral touch reminiscent of the Puritan divines. John Dunlop has done the church a great service in this book, probing very difficult questions that all people, not least Christians, must face as physical death approaches. Christians in the West can be doubly grateful since they, of all believers worldwide, are culturally least equipped on these matters. Just to consume the many stories, lessons learned, and anecdotes laid out in these pages, each one betraying years of keen observation, is a lavish meal and worth the price of the book. Dunlop offers a compelling guide for us all as we prepare to finish well—to die—to the glory of God. Sell your shirt and buy a copy for all your friends and family!”
Hans Madueme, Managing Director, Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Who would not want love, hope, and joy at the end of life? But how does one gain them? What Christian would not welcome letting go, growing through adversity, and resting in Jesus? But how does one experience them? Dr. John Dunlop provides extremely practical and well-tested answers to these and other equally vital questions. Anyone facing death or expecting to do so someday will be wonderfully blessed by this book.”
John F. Kilner, PhD, Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture and Forman Chair of Ethics and Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Dunlop is the doctor we all want: clever, wise, faithful, and motivated by clear Christian values. If you need to think about aging and death—and we all do—you couldn’t do better than this book.”
Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois; author, Journey to Joy: The Psalms of Ascent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433513473
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 643,927
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

John Dunlop (MD, Johns Hopkins University) serves as an adjunct professor at Trinity International University and practices geriatrics in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is affiliated with Yale School of Medicine. Dunlop is the author of Finishing Well to the Glory of God: Strategies from a Christian Physician and Wellness for the Glory of God: Living Well After 40 with Joy and Contentment in All of Life.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Strategy 1 Live Well 21

Strategy 2 Let Go Graciously 35

Strategy 3 Treasure God's Love; Love Him in Return 59

Strategy 4 Grow through Adversity 71

Strategy 5 Embrace a Biblical View of Life and Death 89

Strategy 6 Complete Your Agenda 105

Strategy 7 Make Appropriate Use of Technology 123

Strategy 8 Changing Gears from Cure to Comfort Care 139

Strategy 9 Rest in Jesus 165

Appendix 1 Maintain Your Health 187

Appendix 2 Examples of Technology 191

Appendix 3 Advice for Survivors 201

Recommended Reading 209

Notes 213

Index 219

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Excellent Advice and Easy Reading

    This is a good book to read regarding end-of-life preparation. Easy reading and applicable to whatever stage of life you or your loved one is in. The only annoying drawback it that whoever put it into ebook format was obviously a poor typist who did not make the effort to invoke spell/grammar check before completing the task. Upon comparison with a friend's hard copy, the errors noticed in the ebook are not present in the hard copy.

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