This book challenges Christians to reframe dying and death in three ways. First, Christians should acknowledge the truth about the human condition. Having done so, Christians are then free to accept lament as an important Christian practice for moving from a dependency on human hope to hope in God or divine hope. Second, with lament Christians are better able to accept death and dying in response to the Good News of Holy Scripture, Baptism and Eucharist. The Good News is Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again --the mystery of faith and source of Christian hope. This hope through God s grace moves Christians to love others within an eschatological community that transcends both time and place. Third, Christians transform faith communities in light of the Good News so that love flourishes in daily dying to self through beatitudinal living for others. As a result, the preparation of daily dying forms Christians to accept mortality not as the worst evil to resist in every way but rather as the final stage of a life long journey with Christ into eternal life. My book challenges Christians, both clergy and laypersons, to consider my perspective. In doing so, I support my challenge with both scriptural and theological explanations as well as practical observations for reflection from unscientific discussions with twenty Christians both clergy and church members from five different Christian traditions.
Daneen Warner, Paperback, ISBN 10: 0809145960, ISBN 13: 9780809145966