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A Faithful Farewell
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Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is a fellow of the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, and professor of medical humanities at UC Berkeley. Her other books include What's in a Phrase? Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause and Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies.

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Richard Lischer-- author of "Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son" These reflections on the approach of death, written in the first person, are faithful, biblical, and honest. Although each is accompanied by a text and a closing prayer, these brief devotions do not preach so much as share the apprehension and the hope common to us all. Marilyn McEntyre offers the love of God -- and her own heart -- to all who wish to receive. This book will prove a faithful companion on what for many is a long journey. Harold G. Koenig-- Duke University Medical Center A sensitive and helpful encouragement to those living life at its closure -- and to living it with openness, faithfulness, and hope. Beautifully done. Margaret E. Mohrmann-- author of "Medicine as Ministry: Reflections on Suffering, Ethics, and Hope" This quietly graceful and grace-filled book allows us the extraordinary, perhaps even unique, privilege of listening in on the thoughts of someone trying to live her dying days mindfully, faithful to herself, to those she loves, to reality, and to God. . . . McEntyre's entirely believable channeling' of the dying one's voice is a gift for which I am immensely grateful; this book will stay by my side as I and those dear to me move toward our own farewells. Michael L. Lindvall-- author of "A Geography of God: Exploring the Christian Journey" Marilyn McEntyre's remarkable meditations on terminal illness manage to be both refreshingly frank and deeply faithful. She knows whereof she speaks, accurately identifying the whole gamut of emotions and experiences that people encounter as they face a death they know is approaching. Startlingly real and profound in hope, this book is a gift to the terminally ill and pastors who would minister to them -- and to all of us born to die. M. Therese Lysaught-- Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago In accompanying the dying, McEntyre has come to know the myriad moments that mark the dying process. Her short reflections speak to over fifty facets of this journey in poignant and peace-filled prose. Accompanying prayers provide words for the dying to lean into, especially in moments when their own voice falters. "A Faithful Farewell" should prove equally helpful for family members, friends, chaplains, physicians, and other caregivers. All who walk with the dying in their final days should have a copy of this invaluable book. " Christian Century -McEntyre's language is reflective and sensitive but not sentimental. . . . A thoughtful and realistic window into the often hidden, though well-traveled, end-of-life journey.-Presbyterian Outlook -Each essay is layered with wisdom that never condescends upon the subject, but honestly speaks truthfully what we often have no space or courage to say. . . . A beautiful guide for walking with the dying. This is a book of love.-Richard Lischer -- author of Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son -These reflections on the approach of death, written in the first person, are faithful, biblical, and honest. Although each is accompanied by a text and a closing prayer, these brief devotions do not preach so much as share the apprehension and the hope common to us all. Marilyn McEntyre offers the love of God -- and her own heart -- to all who wish to receive. This book will prove a faithful companion on what for many is a long journey.-Harold G. Koenig -- Duke University Medical Center -A sensitive and helpful encouragement to those living life at its closure -- and to living it with openness, faithfulness, and hope. Beautifully done.-Margaret E. Mohrmann -- author of Medicine as Ministry: Reflections on Suffering, Ethics, and Hope -This quietly graceful and grace-filled book allows us the extraordinary, perhaps even unique, privilege of listening in on the thoughts of someone trying to live her dying days mindfully, faithful to herself, to those she loves, to reality, and to God. . . . McEntyre's entirely believable channeling' of the dying one's voice is a gift for which I am immensely grateful; this book will stay by my side as I and those dear to me move toward our own farewells.-Michael L. Lindvall -- author of A Geography of God: Exploring the Christian Journey -Marilyn McEntyre's remarkable meditations on terminal illness manage to be both refreshingly frank and deeply faithful. She knows whereof she speaks, accurately identifying the whole gamut of emotions and experiences that people encounter as they face a death they know is approaching. Startlingly real and profound in hope, this book is a gift to the terminally ill and pastors who would minister to them -- and to all of us born to die.-M. Therese Lysaught -- Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago -In accompanying the dying, McEntyre has come to know the myriad moments that mark the dying process. Her short reflections speak to over fifty facets of this journey in poignant and peace-filled prose. Accompanying prayers provide words for the dying to lean into, especially in moments when their own voice falters. A Faithful Farewell should prove equally helpful for family members, friends, chaplains, physicians, and other caregivers. All who walk with the dying in their final days should have a copy of this invaluable book.-Catholic Library World -Drawing on her experience as a hospice volunteer and her expertise as an English professor, McEntyre has crafted sensitive, pertinent essays written from the point of view of a terminally ill person. Each selection begins with a scripture quotation and ends with a short prayer and a line from a hymn. . . . These beautifully-written reflections should offer comfort, practical thoughts, and consolation for those leaving this life. . . . Strongly recommended.- Christian Century "McEntyre's language is reflective and sensitive but not sentimental. . . . A thoughtful and realistic window into the often hidden, though well-traveled, end-of-life journey."Presbyterian Outlook "Each essay is layered with wisdom that never condescends upon the subject, but honestly speaks truthfully what we often have no space or courage to say. . . . A beautiful guide for walking with the dying. This is a book of love."Richard Lischer author ofStations of the Heart: Parting with a Son "These reflections on the approach of death, written in the first person, are faithful, biblical, and honest. Although each is accompanied by a text and a closing prayer, these brief devotions do not preach so much as share the apprehension and the hope common to us all. Marilyn McEntyre offers the love of God and her own heart to all who wish to receive. This book will prove a faithful companion on what for many is a long journey."Harold G. Koenig Duke University Medical Center "A sensitive and helpful encouragement to those living life at its closure and to living it with openness, faithfulness, and hope. Beautifully done."Margaret E. Mohrmann author ofMedicine as Ministry: Reflections on Suffering, Ethics, and Hope "This quietly graceful and grace-filled book allows us the extraordinary, perhaps even unique, privilege of listening in on the thoughts of someone trying to live her dying days mindfully, faithful to herself, to those she loves, to reality, and to God. . . . McEntyre's entirely believable channeling' of the dying one's voice is a gift for which I am immensely grateful; this book will stay by my side as I and those dear to me move toward our own farewells."Michael L. Lindvall author ofA Geography of God: Exploring the Christian Journey "Marilyn McEntyre's remarkable meditations on terminal illness manage to be both refreshingly frank and deeply faithful. She knows whereof she speaks, accurately identifying the whole gamut of emotions and experiences that people encounter as they face a death they know is approaching. Startlingly real and profound in hope, this book is a gift to the terminally ill and pastors who would minister to them and to all of us born to die."M. Therese Lysaught Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago "In accompanying the dying, McEntyre has come to know the myriad moments that mark the dying process. Her short reflections speak to over fifty facets of this journey in poignant and peace-filled prose. Accompanying prayers provide words for the dying to lean into, especially in moments when their own voice falters.A Faithful Farewellshould prove equally helpful for family members, friends, chaplains, physicians, and other caregivers. All who walk with the dying in their final days should have a copy of this invaluable book."Catholic Library World "Drawing on her experience as a hospice volunteer and her expertise as an English professor, McEntyre has crafted sensitive, pertinent essays written from the point of view of a terminally ill person. Each selection begins with a scripture quotation and ends with a short prayer and a line from a hymn. . . . These beautifully-written reflections should offer comfort, practical thoughts, and consolation for those leaving this life. . . . Strongly recommended."" Richard Lischer -- author of "Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son" These reflections on the approach of death, written in the first person, are faithful, biblical, and honest. Although each is accompanied by a text and a closing prayer, these brief devotions do not preach so much as share the apprehension and the hope common to us all. Marilyn McEntyre offers the love of God -- and her own heart -- to all who wish to receive. This book will prove a faithful companion on what for many is a long journey. Harold G. Koenig -- Duke University Medical Center A sensitive and helpful encouragement to those living life at its closure -- and to living it with openness, faithfulness, and hope. Beautifully done. Margaret E. Mohrmann -- author of "Medicine as Ministry: Reflections on Suffering, Ethics, and Hope" This quietly graceful and grace-filled book allows us the extraordinary, perhaps even unique, privilege of listening in on the thoughts of someone trying to live her dying days mindfully, faithful to herself, to those she loves, to reality, and to God. . . . McEntyre s entirely believable channeling of the dying one s voice is a gift for which I am immensely grateful; this book will stay by my side as I and those dear to me move toward our own farewells. Michael L. Lindvall -- author of "A Geography of God: Exploring the Christian Journey" Marilyn McEntyre s remarkable meditations on terminal illness manage to be both refreshingly frank and deeply faithful. She knows whereof she speaks, accurately identifying the whole gamut of emotions and experiences that people encounter as they face a death they know is approaching. Startlingly real and profound in hope, this book is a gift to the terminally ill and pastors who would minister to them -- and to all of us born to die. M. Therese Lysaught -- Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago In accompanying the dying, McEntyre has come to know the myriad moments that mark the dying process. Her short reflections speak to over fifty facets of this journey in poignant and peace-filled prose. Accompanying prayers provide words for the dying to lean into, especially in moments when their own voice falters. "A Faithful Farewell" should prove equally helpful for family members, friends, chaplains, physicians, and other caregivers. All who walk with the dying in their final days should have a copy of this invaluable book. "Catholic Library World" Drawing on her experience as a hospice volunteer and her expertise as an English professor, McEntyre has crafted sensitive, pertinent essays written from the point of view of a terminally ill person. Each selection begins with a scripture quotation and ends with a short prayer and a line from a hymn. . . . These beautifully-written reflections should offer comfort, practical thoughts, and consolation for those leaving this life. . . . Strongly recommended. " Richard Lischer-- author of "Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son" These reflections on the approach of death, written in the first person, are faithful, biblical, and honest. Although each is accompanied by a text and a closing prayer, these brief devotions do not preach so much as share the apprehension and the hope common to us all. Marilyn McEntyre offers the love of God -- and her own heart -- to all who wish to receive. This book will prove a faithful companion on what for many is a long journey. Harold G. Koenig-- Duke University Medical Center A sensitive and helpful encouragement to those living life at its closure -- and to living it with openness, faithfulness, and hope. Beautifully done. Margaret E. Mohrmann-- author of "Medicine as Ministry: Reflections on Suffering, Ethics, and Hope" This quietly graceful and grace-filled book allows us the extraordinary, perhaps even unique, privilege of listening in on the thoughts of someone trying to live her dying days mindfully, faithful to herself, to those she loves, to reality, and to God. . . . McEntyre s entirely believable channeling of the dying one s voice is a gift for which I am immensely grateful; this book will stay by my side as I and those dear to me move toward our own farewells. Michael L. Lindvall-- author of "A Geography of God: Exploring the Christian Journey" Marilyn McEntyre s remarkable meditations on terminal illness manage to be both refreshingly frank and deeply faithful. She knows whereof she speaks, accurately identifying the whole gamut of emotions and experiences that people encounter as they face a death they know is approaching. Startlingly real and profound in hope, this book is a gift to the terminally ill and pastors who would minister to them -- and to all of us born to die. M. Therese Lysaught-- Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago In accompanying the dying, McEntyre has come to know the myriad moments that mark the dying process. Her short reflections speak to over fifty facets of this journey in poignant and peace-filled prose. Accompanying prayers provide words for the dying to lean into, especially in moments when their own voice falters. "A Faithful Farewell" should prove equally helpful for family members, friends, chaplains, physicians, and other caregivers. All who walk with the dying in their final days should have a copy of this invaluable book. "

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