When Is It Right to Die?: A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying

When Is It Right to Die?: A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying

by Joni Eareckson Tada

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When Is It Right to Die?: A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying by Joni Eareckson Tada

More and more people who are terminally ill are choosing assisted suicide. When is it Right to Die? offers a different path with alternatives of hope, compassion, and death with real dignity. Joni Eareckson Tada knows what it means to wrestle with this issue and to wish for a painless solution. For the last 50 years she has been confined to a wheelchair and struggled against her own paralysis. And she sat by the bedside of her dying father, thinking, So much suffering, why not end it all quickly, painlessly?

The terminally ill, the elderly, the disabled, the depressed and suicidal, can all be swept up into this movement of self-deliverance. Skip the suffering. Put a quick end to merciless pain and mental anguish. These are tempting enticements to the hurting. Joni doesn’t give pat answers. Instead, she gives warm comfort from God and practical help to meet the realities for those facing death.

When Is It Right to Die tells the stories of families who have wrestled with end-of-life questions and found that death with dignity does not necessarily mean three grams of Phenobarbital in the veins. Behind every right-to-die situation is a family. A family like yours. In her warm, personal way, Joni takes the reader into the lives of families and lets them speak about assisted suicide. What they say is surprising.

Whether you have a dying family member, facing moral and medical choices, or struggling with a chronic condition that feels overwhelming, this book will help you find practical encouragement and biblical advice to help you make difficult decisions.

This book is revised and updated to examine the current events, trending issues, and the rising acceptance of assisted suicide in this country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310349945
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 225,460
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joni Eareckson Tada is CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community. Joni and Friends provides practical support and spiritual help to special-needs families worldwide, and equips thousands of churches in developing disability ministry. Joni is the author of numerous bestselling books, including When God Weeps, Diamonds in the Dust, A Step Further, winner of the Gold Medallion Award, and her latest award-winning devotional A Spectacle of Glory. Joni and her husband, Ken, have been married for 35 years. For more information on Joni and Friends, visit www.joniandfriends.org

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Special Thanks 15

Part 1 A Time to Live?

Introduction: Let's Begin Here 19

1 Painful Words 23

2 The Pain Is Real 37

3 Why Not Die? 49

Part 2 A Time to Choose

4 Your Decision Matters to Others 67

5 Your Decision Matters to You 83

6 Your Decision Matters to the Enemy 95

7 Your Decision Matters to God 109

Part 3 A Time to Die

8 Sustaining Life, but Not Prolonging Death 129

9 Knowing the Difference Isn't Easy 155

10 Life Worth Living 173

Epilogue 185

Appendix: A Classic Perspective on the Hippocratic Oath (C. Everett Koop) 189

Notes 193

Resources 203

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When Is It Right to Die?: A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BPenceofCoramDeotheBlog More than 1 year ago
There are few people I respect more than Joni Eareckson Tada. She has had tremendous influence since a diving accident left her in a wheelchair fifty years ago. I’ve read many of her books and seen her speak at conferences. This is a revised edition of a book that she wrote 25 years ago. Much has changed during that time. When the book was first written, some of what is covered in this helpful new edition was only theoretical. The book goes beyond the theoretical to the practical. Joni helps us make the moral judgments we will all be faced with. She brings what she and her family have learned from going through the dying process with her father. She writes about her own periods of depression, suicidal thoughts, severe pain and also breast cancer. She writes about physician assisted suicide, which is now legal in five states in the U.S. She recalls the case of Terri Schiavo case, who was deemed to be in a “persistent vegetative state”, and other stories from the headlines, but indicates that most of these stories never make the headlines. She shares heart-breaking letters that have been sent to her. Joni tells us that 44,000 people commit suicide in the U.S. each year, and many, many more attempt it, in addition to those who take advantage of states that provide physician’s assisted suicide. Why the increase in those taking their own life? Joni states that it is often due to pain and no hope for relief. This much and no more. She shares several answers that people give as to when it is right to die (when it’s too expensive to live, mercy, pain, etc.). She writes that unfortunately 38% of evangelicals support in certain cases “mercy killing”. She defines the various terms in the conversation (euthanasia, physician’s assisted suicide, etc.). Scripture says that death is the final enemy. Joni writes that you have the right to live. She writes how your decision for life matters to others, to yourself and to the enemy, and to God. She shows from the Bible that God is opposed to mercy killing, but that it is acceptable to let dying people die. The act of dying does not need to be prolonged. End of life decisions are difficult. She recommends an Advanced Care Directive, as opposed to a Living Will. She recommends that you assist your loved ones by documenting your wishes and revisit them often. Ask God to give you wisdom on these important decisions. This practical book contains real-life stories throughout. She tells us that a life worth living is found in Christ. One day believers will have the most perfect “final exit”. This is an excellent book to read with others in a book club setting. Helpful questions for discussion and reflection are included at the end of each chapter.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This was incredible story writing book with compelling to read full of spirit with also encouraging. This book will help and challenges to all us to find the answer or the reason that making life worth living before all decisions coming up in our head and this is why we have to read this because after all, we are still suffering in many way of life of the pain or the hurts that we had see or hearing from friend, family, or someone that you love and care about it with that depression. It will be can make they cause of suicide of they life as we are all saw from the news. Because of that they think the death will help them to settle down to stop the hurts. But There is the hope and the answer why make you need to continue living of caring from God. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers program for this review”.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Joni Eareckson Tada, paralyzed after a diving accident when she was young, is well qualified to write a book on death and dying.  Creator of the Beyond Suffering Bible, and other motivational and spiritual empowering books, she is able to directly speak to those whose grief and suffering is the heaviest.  This new look takes a good comforting look at the issue of death, grief and suffering- something that is common but not often talked about.  Those enduring terminal illness and touched by death do not have to feel isolated, when receiving words of comfort showing they are not alone and answering tough questions that most others would be judgmental and critical about.  There are many people who can benefit from this book- more than are modern day society and culture would like to admit.  This book represents the reality that is buried in social circles and popular media which glorifies youth, beauty and materialism.  A book like this needed to be written.  This book offers solid comfort and the assurance that this life isn't all there is and that there is hope beyond suffering, illness and death.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Zondervan for the purpose of writing this review.