O love That Will Not Let Me Go
Various authors compiled by Nancy Guthrie
Summary: Death. This book is about death. As a result, this book is meant for everyone; everyone must face this bitter foe. These pages host a compilation of many different authors and their thoughts on death. Piper writes a chapter on calling death sweet names. John Eaves speaks about being a witness to Christ in the way we die. Joni Eareckson Tada does an excellent job explaining how suffering causes the heart to long for heaven. Jonathan Edwards gives many reasons why the day of a godly man's death is better than the day of his birth. Thomas Boston does a good job of gently diffusing many arguments and fears people face when dying such as leaving loved ones behind, suffering pain in death, and the fear of losing assurance on the death bed. Spurgeon tackles the idea of dying daily, while Dabney does an amazing job of describing the terrors of dying alone, despite being surrounded by a host of family and loved ones, and meeting a Savior on the other side of the veil.
Personal Thoughts: I think the chapters that Nancy Guthrie selected for this book give a thorough treatment of death from the perspective of a Christian. Some of these chapters were a repeat for me as I've read them before in books by the original author. Chapter 20 by R. L. Dabney was certainly my favorite. He left deep, deep impressions on me as he spoke of those final minutes of life on this earth--just before death steals us away. I confess a few chapters were dull, but other chapters were so good, they happily made up for it.
Quote: "You say that you cannot abide the thought of death. Then you greatly need it. Your shrinking from it proves that you are not in a right state of mind, or else you would take it into due consideration without reluctance.
You have something yet to learn if you are a Christian , and yet are not prepared to die. You need to reach a higher state of grace and attain to a firmer and more forceful faith. That you are as yet a babe in grace is clear from your admission that to depart and be with Christ does not seem to be a better thing for you than to abide in the flesh." C.H. Spurgeon, pg 148