Walking Through Twilight: A Wife's Illness--A Philosopher's Lament
:How do you continue to find God as dementia pulls your loved one into the darkness? Nothing is simple for a person suffering from dementia, and for those they love. When ordinary tasks of communication, such as using a...
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:How do you continue to find God as dementia pulls your loved one into the darkness?Nothing is simple for a person suffering from dementia, and for those they love. When ordinary tasks of communication, such as using a phone, become complex, then difficult, and then impossible, isolation becomes inevitable. Helping becomes excruciating.In these pages philosopher Douglas Groothuis offers a window into his experience of caring for his wife as a rare form of dementia ravages her once-brilliant mind and eliminates her once-stellar verbal acuity. Mixing personal narrative with spiritual insight, he captures moments of lament as well as philosophical and theological reflection. Brief interludes provide poignant pictures of life inside the Groothuis household, and we meet a parade of caregivers, including a very skilled companion dog. Losses for both Doug and Becky come daily, and his questions for God multiply as he navigates the descending darkness. Here is a frank exploration of how one continues to find God in the twilight.
Douglas R. Groothuis (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He has also been a visiting professor or adjunct faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (Colorado Spring extension), Westminster Theological Seminary (California campus), University of Oregon, New College-Berkeley and Seattle Pacific University.
His articles have been published in such professional journals as Sophia; Theory and Research in Education; Philosophia Christi; Themelios; Christian Scholars Review; Inquiry and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has also written several books, including In Defense of Natural Theology; Christianity That Counts; Jesus in an Age of Controversy; Deceived by the Light; The Soul in Cyberspace, and in the Wadsworth Philosophers Series, On Pascal and On Jesus.. Most recently he has authored Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2011)
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- :foreword By Nicholas Wolterstorffintroduction: Walking Through Twilight1. Rage In A Psych Ward2. The Year Of Learning Things I Did Not Want To Knowinterlude: The Mensa Card3. It Is Eerie4. Giving Upinterlude: Sunny5. The Temptation To Hate God6. Learning To Lamentinterlude: My Worried Ear7. Joy In Lament8. Moses And Our Sadnessinterlude: The Red Book9. Lamenting In The Classroom10. Lamenting Onlineinterlude: At The Museum11. Technology Free12. Learning To Lie To My Wife (as Little As Possible) Interlude: Jesus Loves Me13. Gallows Humor14. Dogs, Dementia, And Us15. Miss Becky And A Way Of Speakinginterlude: Snack And Scalp16. Words Fail Us17. My Escape Into Meaninginterlude: Becky As My Student18. How Is Becky? Interlude: Restingconclusion: From Twilight Into Darknessacknowledgmentsappendix: Lightening The Loadnotes