As She is Dying
: Ask any Appalachian the question, "When is Appalachia most beautiful?" Every Appalachian will answer, "During autumn, when the leaves of Appalachia's trees are dying." Appalachians believe the beauty of their landscape is almost heaven. With the honor of officiating...
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Ask any Appalachian the question, "When is Appalachia most beautiful?" Every Appalachian will answer, "During autumn, when the leaves of Appalachia's trees are dying." Appalachians believe the beauty of their landscape is almost heaven. With the honor of officiating nearly 1000 funerals, Pastor Kevin Cain offers life in the midst of death.
In As She Is Dying, Kevin Cain writes, "I have given my life to bring hope to a people who have little reason to hope. Maybe Appalachians have allowed our hills' majesty and grandeur to blind us from coal dust and addiction. Yet, I do see hope. I see hope in what is dying. I see hope in what is dead. I see hope in what remains. Yes, death has the keen ability to either clear up, cover up or stir up. Still, sometimes we must descend in order to turn into the clouds. As She Is Dying is a book about death that offers stories of life. In these pages, you will find a little bit of wisdom, some stories of hope, and the eulogizing words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart which I trust have been acceptable in the sight of my strength and my Redeemer. Somehow and somewhere in death, hope must be discovered. Maybe, through the literal metaphor of Appalachians' deaths, you can see life. Some were reconciled long before their deaths. Some were reconciled just prior to their deaths. And, others were reconciled in the midst of death. There is hope for all&...hope's breath, even in death."
Kevin Cain grew up in Alabama enjoying the charm of southern storytelling including his own grandmother's stories that he published in his first book "Thanksgiving Hen On A Chicken Shed: Stories My Grandmother Told Me." Writing since the ripe old age of eight, Kevin continues to share his stories and carry on the tradition of southern storytelling. He still resides in Alabama in Shelby County where he lives with his cat and three lovely little ghost girls who haunt his home.