A renowned ethicist who himself faced death during a recent life-threatening illness, Allen Verhey in The Christian Art of Dying
sets out to recapture dying from the medical world. Seeking to counter the medicalization of death that is so prevalent today, Verhey revisits the fifteenth-century Ars Moriendi, an illustrated spiritual self-help manual on "the art of dying." Finding much wisdom in that little book but rejecting its Stoic and Platonic worldview, Verhey uncovers in the biblical accounts of Jesus' death a truly helpful paradigm for dying well and faithfully.
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Keith G. Meador
-- Vanderbilt University
"Allen Verhey offers theological sophistication in concert with practical wisdom regarding dying and the care of those who suffer. He does this with sensitivity and a generous spirit, looking through the carefully discerned lens of Scripture -- a gift to us all."
Abigail Rian Evans
-- Princeton Theological Seminary
"Verhey's meticulous, poetic, and scholarly writing is strongly reflected in this book. . . . His call for the church to move from silence to comfort for the dying is a much-needed reminder of the Christian virtues we all must cultivate when confronting the last enemy -- death. This way can liberate us from the total medicalization of death so that we relearn ars bene moriendi and embrace our Christian faith and faithfulness, robbing death of its final word."
-- University of Aberdeen
"Death is inevitable. But how we die is not so inflexible. In this scholarly yet deeply personal reflection on death and dying, Allen Verhey offers vital insight into how we think about dying and what kind of people we need to be if dying well is to become our new way of living."