Images of Grace

Overview

Pediatrician Diane Komp paints unforgettable portraits of faith, hope, and love in places you'd least expect to find them. Tenderly, poignantly, Images of Grace takes you into the hearts and lives of Dr. Di's patients and their families. Celebrate undreamed-of depths of life, joy, peace, and healing in this beautifully written book by a Yale professor who came back to faith through her patients.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (29) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $50.00   
  • Used (27) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$50.00
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(241)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$58.77
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(215)

Condition: New

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Pediatrician Diane Komp paints unforgettable portraits of faith, hope, and love in places you'd least expect to find them. Tenderly, poignantly, Images of Grace takes you into the hearts and lives of Dr. Di's patients and their families. Celebrate undreamed-of depths of life, joy, peace, and healing in this beautifully written book by a Yale professor who came back to faith through her patients.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310206996
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Read an Excerpt

Images of Grace

A Pediatrician's Triology of Faith, Hope, and Love
By Diane M. Komp

Zondervan

Copyright © 1996 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-20699-5


Chapter One

A Choir of Angels

* * *

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands. Psalm 91:11-12 (KJV)

My strategy of remaining emotionally detached from my patients simply did not work. Taking care of children is quite different from treating adults. Internists and surgeons may get away with keeping their distance, but for a pediatrician treating children with chronic diseases it is not a viable option. Whether atheists, agnostics, or firm believers, pediatricians must learn to listen to our young patients if we would gain their cooperation and practice something more communicative than veterinary medicine.

One of the bittersweet privileges of caring for children with cancer is that you grow to love them and bask in that love returned. We rarely see this form of love returned on this earth. It is unconditional. Part of that love entails, on occasion, the sharing of the road toward death.

As a young "post-Christian" doctor, I did not pretend to have any handy theological solutions to people's existential dilemmas, but I could be a friend on the way. Many times I listened politely to parents who groped for God in their most painful hour. I respected them all for their journeys, but I heard no convincing evidence in their revelations that challenged my way of thinking. I always assumed that if I were to believe, it would take the testimony of reliable witnesses. I mistrusted anyone who might have culturally determined expectations about death or an I-can't-afford-not-to-believe view of the hereafter.

* * *

In the early years of the 1970s, brave parents helped me implement a home death program in a rural area of the South. As a cancer specialist for children at the time, I visited my patients at home. Sometimes they had physical pain but rarely did they seem afraid. In their homes, I was the guest and they were clearly the hosts. Children accurately reported their medical condition in this environment, since they felt in control. With encouragement and support, many families found they could manage pain and other dreaded complications of terminal cancer. If the children did need hospitalization for comfort, they themselves felt free to suggest it. If they preferred to die at home, we made it possible long before hospice services were more generally available.

In their homes, children would ceremoniously wipe the dust from my black doctor's bag and swear that they would not report me to the AMA for making house calls. My young patients and I would discuss what type of examination was appropriate, what tests might be useful, and they themselves determined the limits. I rarely used the syringes, needles, and blood test tubes in my bag. Tea in the kitchen with the rest of the family followed the visit to the patient's room, for the brothers and sisters-those who would live on-needed special attention as well.

Most children who die in this situation do not pass from this life without prior warning. Often parents of children at home or nursing staff of hospitalized patients could alert me in time to be at the bedside for that moment. The first time I sat by a child dying of cancer, I sat at her bed from a sense of duty rather than in anticipation of joy.

* * *

Today many children with leukemia are cured, but this was not the case when Anna first became sick. There were periods of time that she was disease-free over the five years she received treatment, but she faced the end of her life at the age of seven. Before she died, Anna mustered the final energy to sit up in her hospital bed and say: "The angels-they're so beautiful! Mommy, can you see them? Do you hear their singing? I've never heard such beautiful singing!" Then she lay back on her pillow and died.

Her parents reacted as if they had received the most precious gift in the world. The hospital chaplain in attendance was more comfortable with the psychological than with the spiritual. He beat a hasty retreat to leave the existentialist doctor alone with the grieving family. Together we contemplated a spiritual mystery that transcended our combined understanding and experience. For weeks to follow, this thought stuck in my head: Have I found a reliable witness?

Everytime I hear the angel prologue to Boito's opera Mephistopheles, I think of Anna and the other "angels" who brought their oncologist back to the life of faith. My encounter with these children changed my life. Other stalled journeys of faith have been resumed. I write these stories as a witness to these children and their parents, just as they have been faithful witnesses to me.

* * *

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to tell the story of Anna's vision of angels at a church conference. One participant was particularly overcome by the story and ran out of the room in tears. His reaction seemed to be a very personal one rather than generalized sadness about death in children. Later in the day, he returned and explained to the group why he had been so profoundly affected by Anna's story.

Twenty years before, Walter had personally witnessed a tragic accident. A driver parked a beer truck on an incline adjacent to a local pub while he made his delivery. The brakes of the truck were somehow faulty. Just as Walter walked out the barroom door and reached the street, the truck began to move unattended. It accelerated down a steep hill toward a mother and young child.

Walter anticipated what would happen to the child if the truck did not stop. He tried to catch it in time to put on the emergency brake but his efforts failed, in part, because the large amount of alcohol in his system impeded his reflexes. In fact, he was at that time an established alcoholic.

His worst fears were realized, and the child was fatally pinned against the wall. In his alcoholic stupor, he thought he saw the child's head surrounded by light and heard her last words to her mother: "Don't worry, Mommy. I'll be okay."

The shock and guilt he felt precipitated a two-week drinking binge, but his sense of a supernatural presence at the moment of her death led him to seek effective help for his alcoholism.

Can there be anything good about the death of a child? As Walter told his story, I remembered a comment that

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Images of Grace by Diane M. Komp Copyright © 1996 by Zondervan. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)