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Love & Death: My Journey Through the Valley of the Shadow

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On a February day in 2008, Forrest Church sent a letter to the members of his congregation, informing them that he had terminal cancer; his life would now be measured in months, not years. In that remarkable letter, he wrote: “In more than one respect, I feel very lucky.” He went on to promise that he would sum up his thoughts on the topics that had been so pervasive in his work—love and death—in a final book.

Church has been justly celebrated as a writer of American history, but his works of spiritual guidance have been especially valued for their insight and inspiration. As a minister, Church defined religion as “our human response to the dual reality of being alive and having to die.” The goal of life, he tells us “is to live in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for.” This last book in his impressive oeuvre is imbued with ideas and exemplars for achieving that goal. The stories he offers—drawn from his own experiences and from the lives of his friends, family, and parishioners—are both engrossing and enlightening. Forrest Church’s final work may be his most lasting gift to his readers.

“Forrest Church, a deeply spiritual but always practical visionary, is a minister to us all with this moving and instructive book on the lessons of life and death. A lovely, important book.” —Tom Brokaw

“Truly a gift, one that will echo in my own preaching and teaching, and in my own life as well. Like Moses gazing at the Promised Land he would not enter, Forrest Church blesses us with his eloquence, his faith, and, mostly, his love.” —Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“Love & Death is transformative. I was not prepared for the power of this splendid, soaring book. It totally captured me.” —Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author of Creating a Life

“In the midst of an extremity for which there is no euphemism—the prospect of his own imminent death—Forrest Church has written a book that defies the usual adjectives. It is poignant, moving, candid, and eloquent; but it is also so much more. Love & Death, a meditation on the end of life, is really a book about life—a book that shows us how to love ourselves and others, how to know God, how to live. I read it with inexpressible gratitude.” —James Atlas, author of My Life in the Middle Ages

“Forrest Church is one of our great prophetic intellectuals and compassionate voices. His poignant and wise words on the two ultimate realities of our journey—love and death—reveal his grand courage and vision.” —Cornel West, author of Race Matters

"This beautiful book by a matchless preacher, poet, and author is Forrest Church in his finest hour." —Senator George McGovern

Synopsis:

Church has been justly celebrated as a writer of American history, but his works of spiritual guidance have been especially valued for their insight and inspiration. This last book in his impressive oeuvre offers stories drawn from his own experiences and from the lives of his friends, family, and parishioners.

Synopsis:

On a February day in 2008, Forrest Church sent a letter to the members of his congregation, informing them that he had terminal cancer; his life would now be measured in months, not years. In that remarkable letter, he wrote: "In more than one respect, I feel very lucky." He went on to promise that he would sum up his thoughts on the topics that had been so pervasive in his work-love and death-in a final book.

Church has been justly celebrated as a writer of American history, but his works of spiritual guidance have been especially valued for their insight and inspiration. As a minister, Church defined religion as "our human response to the dual reality of being alive and having to die." The goal of life, he tells us "is to live in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for." This last book in his impressive oeuvre is imbued with ideas and exemplars for achieving that goal. The stories he offers-drawn from his own experiences and from the lives of his friends, family, and parishioners-are both engrossing and enlightening. Forrest Church's final work may be his most lasting gift to his readers.

Synopsis:

On a February day in 2008, Forrest Church sent a letter to the members of his congregation, informing them that he had terminal cancer; his life would now be measured in months, not years. In that remarkable letter, he wrote: In more than one respect, I feel very lucky. He went on to promise that he would sum up his thoughts on the topics that had been so pervasive in his work--love and death--in a final book.

Church has been justly celebrated as a writer of American history, but his works of spiritual guidance have been especially valued for their insight and inspiration. As a minister, Church defined religion as our human response to the dual reality of being alive and having to die. The goal of life, he tells us is to live in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for. This last book in his impressive oeuvre is imbued with ideas and exemplars for achieving that goal. The stories he offers--drawn from his own experiences and from the lives of his friends, family, and parishioners--are both engrossing and enlightening. Forrest Church's final work may be his most lasting gift to his readers.

Forrest Church, a deeply spiritual but always practical visionary, is a minister to us all with this moving and instructive book on the lessons of life and death. A lovely, important book.

--Tom Brokaw

Truly a gift, one that will echo in my own preaching and teaching, and in my own life as well. Like Moses gazing at the Promised Land he would not enter, Forrest Church blesses us with his eloquence, his faith, and, mostly, his love.

--Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Love & Death is transformative. I was not prepared forthe power of this splendid, soaring book. It totally captured me.

--Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author of Creating a Life

In the midst of an extremity for which there is no euphemism--the prospect of his own imminent death--Forrest Church has written a book that defies the usual adjectives. It is poignant, moving, candid, and eloquent; but it is also so much more. Love & Death, a meditation on the end of life, is really a book about life--a book that shows us how to love ourselves and others, how to know God, how to live. I read it with inexpressible gratitude.

--James Atlas, author of My Life in the Middle Ages

Forrest Church is one of our great prophetic intellectuals and compassionate voices. His poignant and wise words on the two ultimate realities of our journey--love and death--reveal his grand courage and vision.

--Cornel West, author of Race Matters

This beautiful book by a matchless preacher, poet, and author is Forrest Church in his finest hour.

--Senator George McGovern

About the Author

Forrest Church served almost three decades as senior minister and is now Minister of Public Theology of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in New York City. He was educated at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in early church history. He has written or edited twenty-three books, including Life Lines; Lifecraft; Bringing God Home; The American Creed; Freedom from Fear; and Love & Death.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807072936
Subtitle:
My Journey through the Valley of the Shadow
Author:
Church, Forrest
Author:
Church, F. Forrester
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
Christian Life
Subject:
Death
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Unitarian Universalism
Subject:
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Church, F. Forrester
Subject:
Spirituality - Unit
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Subject:
Spirituality
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Complete Works of Forrest Church
Publication Date:
20080901
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.70x6.32x.68 in. .73 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Church has been justly celebrated as a writer of American history, but his works of spiritual guidance have been especially valued for their insight and inspiration. This last book in his impressive oeuvre offers stories drawn from his own experiences and from the lives of his friends, family, and parishioners.
"Synopsis" by , On a February day in 2008, Forrest Church sent a letter to the members of his congregation, informing them that he had terminal cancer; his life would now be measured in months, not years. In that remarkable letter, he wrote: "In more than one respect, I feel very lucky." He went on to promise that he would sum up his thoughts on the topics that had been so pervasive in his work-love and death-in a final book.

Church has been justly celebrated as a writer of American history, but his works of spiritual guidance have been especially valued for their insight and inspiration. As a minister, Church defined religion as "our human response to the dual reality of being alive and having to die." The goal of life, he tells us "is to live in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for." This last book in his impressive oeuvre is imbued with ideas and exemplars for achieving that goal. The stories he offers-drawn from his own experiences and from the lives of his friends, family, and parishioners-are both engrossing and enlightening. Forrest Church's final work may be his most lasting gift to his readers.

"Synopsis" by , On a February day in 2008, Forrest Church sent a letter to the members of his congregation, informing them that he had terminal cancer; his life would now be measured in months, not years. In that remarkable letter, he wrote: In more than one respect, I feel very lucky. He went on to promise that he would sum up his thoughts on the topics that had been so pervasive in his work--love and death--in a final book.

Church has been justly celebrated as a writer of American history, but his works of spiritual guidance have been especially valued for their insight and inspiration. As a minister, Church defined religion as our human response to the dual reality of being alive and having to die. The goal of life, he tells us is to live in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for. This last book in his impressive oeuvre is imbued with ideas and exemplars for achieving that goal. The stories he offers--drawn from his own experiences and from the lives of his friends, family, and parishioners--are both engrossing and enlightening. Forrest Church's final work may be his most lasting gift to his readers.

Forrest Church, a deeply spiritual but always practical visionary, is a minister to us all with this moving and instructive book on the lessons of life and death. A lovely, important book.

--Tom Brokaw

Truly a gift, one that will echo in my own preaching and teaching, and in my own life as well. Like Moses gazing at the Promised Land he would not enter, Forrest Church blesses us with his eloquence, his faith, and, mostly, his love.

--Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Love & Death is transformative. I was not prepared forthe power of this splendid, soaring book. It totally captured me.

--Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author of Creating a Life

In the midst of an extremity for which there is no euphemism--the prospect of his own imminent death--Forrest Church has written a book that defies the usual adjectives. It is poignant, moving, candid, and eloquent; but it is also so much more. Love & Death, a meditation on the end of life, is really a book about life--a book that shows us how to love ourselves and others, how to know God, how to live. I read it with inexpressible gratitude.

--James Atlas, author of My Life in the Middle Ages

Forrest Church is one of our great prophetic intellectuals and compassionate voices. His poignant and wise words on the two ultimate realities of our journey--love and death--reveal his grand courage and vision.

--Cornel West, author of Race Matters

This beautiful book by a matchless preacher, poet, and author is Forrest Church in his finest hour.

--Senator George McGovern

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