Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Book Review: When Is It Right to Die? by Joni Eareckson Tada

We see it on the news about people who willing to die through the assistance of a doctor than live with the suffering of whatever ailment or handicap they are dealing with. Some rather die with "dignity" than let their loved ones see them suffer. We also see people willing to let their loved ones die because the pain is too much for them.

Joni Eareckson Tada knows about the depression that a disability can bring a person even to point of death. She writes about death and dying in her book, When Is It Right To Die? May sound like a morbid title for a Christian book considering we are about spreading the gospel of eternal life in Jesus while this book is on death.

Some people have said they have a right to die which Tada confronts in the book:

Taken literally, "right to die" is senseless. There's no such thing as a right to something unavoidable and inevitable. No one speaks of having a "right to jail time" after being convicted of a felony. But in common usage, the phrase sometimes means the "right to choose one's own kind of death" and at other times a supposed "right to be killed."

Tada continues on saying that people's decisions do matter to God. God is the one who gives them life. God knows there is a hereafter awaiting everyone. Where that person will be depends if they trust Christ for the forgiveness of sins and are saved by the grace of God. Our decisions regarding our "right to die" does affect others in more ways than we can think of.

Tada's book is one just perfect for our day and age where we think that death is the easy way out. God has given us life and yes, our days are numbered by Him, but we dishonor Him by making that decision for Him, which we are not God. This will be a difficult book for some. I am not sure if you are in a situation where you have to make that decision for yourself or someone else. Let me encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and have the Bible next to you as you read.

Thanks Booklook Bloggers for letting me review this book.

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