Between Life and Death

A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care

Christian guide to end-of-life care. Common medical jargon, biblical principles and guidance for making critical decisions

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“To prepare yourself to make difficult medical decisions in a distinctly Christian way, you won’t do better than to read Between Life and Death.” — Tim Challies

Modern medical advances save countless lives. But for all their merits, sophisticated technologies have created a daunting new challenge, namely a blurring of the expanse between life and death. The dying process is often hidden behind a complex web of medical terminology, statistics, and ethical decisions, making it difficult for patients and loved ones to know how to approach the end of life in a dignity-affirming, God-honoring, faith-filled way.

This book offers a distinctly Christian guide to end-of-life care. It equips readers by explaining common medical jargon, exploring biblical principles that connect to common medical situations, and offering guidance for making critical decisions. In these pages, readers will find the medical knowledge and scriptural wisdom they need to navigate this painful and confusing process with clarity, peace, and discernment.

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  • Part One: Dying, but Alive in Christ
  • Introduction
  • 1. Framing the Issue
  • 2. Wisdom Begins with the Word
  • Part Two: A Detailed Look at Organ-Supporting Measures
  • 3. Resuscitation for Cardiac Arrest
  • 4. Introduction to the Intensive Care
  • 5. Mechanical Ventilation
  • 6. Cardiovascular Support: Vasopressors, Inotropes, and Lines
  • 7. Artificially-Administered Nutrition
  • 8. Dialysis
  • 9. Brain Injury
  • Part Three: Discernment at Life’s End
  • 10. Comfort Measures and Hospice
  • 11. Physician-Assisted Suicide
  • 12. Advance Care Planning
  • 13. Being a Voice: Surrogate Decision Making
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1: Summary Chart of Organ-Supporting Measures
  • Appendix 2: Sample Advance Directive

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Author Kathryn Butler
ISBN 9781433561016
Format Paperback
First published April 2019
Dimensions 140mm x 216mm x 12mm
Language English
Pages 224
Publisher Crossway
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