I Choose Everything: Embracing Life in the Face of Terminal Illness

I Choose Everything: Embracing Life in the Face of Terminal Illness

by Jozanne Moss, Michael Wenham
     
 

Jozanne Moss, in South Africa, and Michael Wenham, in Britain, have only met by email. Both struggle daily with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a progressive and ultimately fatal condition, which destroys the body while leaving the mind fully alert. Both are married to remarkable people who support and care for them.

Through Jozanne’s story they address the myth

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Overview

Jozanne Moss, in South Africa, and Michael Wenham, in Britain, have only met by email. Both struggle daily with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a progressive and ultimately fatal condition, which destroys the body while leaving the mind fully alert. Both are married to remarkable people who support and care for them.

Through Jozanne’s story they address the myth that pain and suffering are sent by dark powers, and that God is only responsible for the good bits. Michael explains: “We receive from God everything, both light and shade, praising him in every circumstance, seeing all of life as his gift from beginning to end.”

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Before they die, Moss and Wenham have something to say about living. Moss, a teacher in South Africa, and Wenham (My Donkey Body), an Anglican priest in England, suffer from motor neuron disease (known in the U.S. as ALS)—not a diagnosis but a death sentence, declares Moss. The authors met through the Internet, and some of Moss's blog posts about her degeneration are reprinted here. She concentrates on her family as well as her spiritual maturing, whereas Wenham focuses on biblical studies related to sickness-unto-death and/or healing. Some arguments are more focused than others; his exegesis of Job is his soundest. Her weakest essay is on humor; her strongest, on a mother's love. Her concern for her children's welfare exceeds worry about her death, for she knows she is going to heaven. The twain meet in unified messages about living with terminal illness and faith. Both stand firmly against suicide and for pain management. The dominant word is "choice," from "choose" in the title to their thesis: " embrace the whole of life whether we like it or not." (Apr.)
Desmond Tutu
"A story of two ordinary Christians in extraordinary circumstances. I am sure that you will be moved and inspired by their testimony. This book was written in order to encourage other people who are in the shadow of death and in the desert of loneliness. It says, ‘You are not alone, whatever it feels like--because Christ has been there already, and he is there now.’ Amen!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857210128
Publisher:
Kregel Publications
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.63(d)

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Desmond Tutu
A story of two ordinary Christians in extraordinary circumstances. I am sure that you will be moved and inspired by their testimony. This book was written in order to encourage other people who are in the shadow of death and in the desert of loneliness. It says, 'You are not alone, whatever it feels like—because Christ has been there already, and he is there now.' Amen!

Meet the Author

Jozanne Moss is the wift of Dave and the mother of Luke and Nicole. They live near Cape Town, South Africa.

Michael Wenham trained as a teacher before hearing a call to full-time Christian ministry. For many years he has been vicar of three village churches in the Vale of the White Horse, near Oxford, UK.

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