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Going Home: Facing Life's Final Moments without Fear
Co-authored with Diane Kerner Arnett, this book of spiritual comfort and practical guidance answers the questions of Christians facing death about the security of their salvation and the reason for their suffering, feelings of guilt for craving relief, or concerns for those they will leave behind. An easy to read paperback of 140 pages, this book is designed to give terminally ill people easy access to the information that they need.
Kemp, a Methodist pastor, and Arnett, a reporter and cancer survivor, offer this guide to help Christians who have been diagnosed with terminal illness. In ultra-short chapters (kept brief so they can be useful to those who are fatigued by illness), the authors deal with many of the relational issues that the dying may be struggling with: How can I know that I'll go to heaven? Should I be preparing for death or holding out hope for a miracle cure? Why do I feel so alone, even when there are loved ones around me? How do I cope with the physical pain? How can I forgive others and myself? Why have some friends deserted me? How can I best help my loved ones get through this? Kemp and Arnett also address practical concerns such as wills, estate planning, organ donation and funerals; these chapters are helpful in an introductory way, but readers will need additional sources beyond this guide, whose most important contribution is spiritual. The book's final section walks readers through the final stages of life's journey, teaching readers how to pray for forgiveness of sins and thank God for the gift of life. The authors close out the book by providing poetry, prayers and quotations about death and heaven.
Chapter 1: Our Other Home: Is there really room in heaven for me?
Chapter 2: Dealing with Doubts: Having doubts doesn’t mean that our faith is weak.
Chapter 3: Is There Still Hope? How long should I hope, when the doctor keeps giving me bad news?
Chapter 4: Making Choices Keeps You in the Game: No matter the circumstances, we still have the ability to make choices.
Chapter 5: Expect Loneliness: How do I deal with loneliness?
Chapter 6: It Hurts: How do I deal with pain?
Chapter 7: Reasonable Fears: How can we find peace of mind and heart in the face of our fears?
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