Facing Serious Illness
Guidance for Christians towards the end of life
Facing death has never been easy, but in the modern world it has become a complex and confusing matter. Our hospitals offer treatments that may relieve symptoms, postpone death and improve quality of life. But they may also cause unpleasant side-effects, prolong the dying process, or even be used to hasten death. Deciding upon the best and most appropriate treatment in any particular situation requires good communication and a relationship of trust between clinical staff, the patient and their family.
This booklet offers practical and biblical guidance to Christians who are facing a life-threatening illness. Whether this illness affects you, a friend or a relative, Facing Serious Illness will help you to think through difficult decisions - as well as explaining some of the confusing medical and legal terms you may encounter. Guidance on navigating the complex legal system is provided, and a sample Note of Wishes is included to help those who are terminally ill outline the principles they would like to guide their treatment.More Info...
The Human Journey
We all have questions about health: Will my child be healthy? What if I get cancer? Why do I sometimes feel so down? What about dementia in my later years?|
Today we see the health needs of different countries in more details than ever before. How are we to be good neighbours in the global community? Almost every day brings reports of new advances in medical technology. But how can we decide whether it's right to use them?
The Human Journey sets out a framework for thinking about these issues biblically. In an ever-changing world, the Bible's timeless truths offer a firm foundation to engage with health-related questions. Above all, our questions about health and wellbeing need to be seen in the greater context of God's design for humanity, the universe and everything - his plan to unite all things under Jesus Christ.
This book accompanies an eight-part course which aims to equip Christians to think biblically about health and to encourage better incorporation of healthcare expertise into church life and ministry. It can be read alone, but will be most useful explored and discussed in the context of the course.
Please see the Human Journey website for more details.More Info...
Andrew Drain was a high-flying cardiothoracic surgical Fellow in a prestigious New York hospital, about to become a consultant in the UK, when in September 2007 he was diagnosed with the worst form of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Recovering with chemotherapy, he returned to Ireland to have a bone marrow transplant.|
Initially seeming to be cured, he preached a series of sermons on the Bible's book of Job. His own personal experiences illuminated his growing understanding of suffering.
His final relapse began in June 2009, and he found through Job that he could face death with confidence because 'I know that my Redeemer lives'. More Info...
Hard Questions about Health and Healing
Society is obsessed with health but uncertain what it is. Modern medicine's 'miracles' appear to offer eternal life but ultimately disappoint, and while parts of the church never pray for healing others over-emphasise it.
Biblical and balanced, readable yet researched, this book is for professionals and public who want credible answers to hard questions like:
This title is available to UK & Irish CMF students at a discounted price via the Take and Read pagesMore Info...
Mad, Bad or Sad?
Are the mentally disordered responsible for their actions? This multi-author book examines the interface between mental health and Christian belief as these relate to antisocial behaviour. The authors, all consultant psychiatrists, address questions such as:|
Thorn in the Flesh, A
The apostle Paul was surely deliberately vague when he did not specify the nature of his 'thorn in the flesh'. Was it a physical or psychiatric illness, a recurring temptation, or a difficult relationship?|
Whatever it was, each of us has our own thorn, and Dr Martinez helps by writing not just theologically, not just as an accomplished psychiatrist, but as someone who has suffered all his adult life from a thorn (eye disease) that God has not taken away. He brings comfort out of that experience as he points us towards help - towards acceptance, grace, perseverance and hope.
STRESS Sources & Solutions
Using examples from his experience in clinical practice, leading psychiatrist Gaius Davies investigates the causes of breakdown and the many sources of stress which exist today: bereavement, guilt, personality problems, sexual tensions and the perennial problem of anxiety. |
He examines the ways and means by which we can cope with different kinds of stress, and even learn to utilise stress well. He demonstrates the value of modern medical knowledge, while recognising that some afflictions can only be healed spiritually.More Info...
Genius, Grief & Grace
Leading psychiatrist Gaius Davies asks us to consider the lives of key figures in church history: Martin Luther, John Bunyan, William Cowper, Lord Shaftesbury, Christian Rossetti, Frances R Havergal, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Amy Carmichael, C S Lewis, J B Philips, and Martyn Lloyd-Jones.After a brief biographical introduction, he shows us how they all had their particular trial, and how grace operated through each one of them. He shows how anxiety, guilt, depression and doubt can be present in the finest of Christian lives, but also goes on to show how divine grace can transform human weakness. More Info...
Dying - The Greatest Adventure of My Life & My Cancer
A young GP dies of cancer. Ten years later his medical student son survives the recurrence of a near-fatal malignancy. Both tell their stories here. These first hand accounts have much to teach us all about serious illness, death, and hope for what lies beyond.More Info...