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Life and Death Dilemma

Joni Eareckson Tada

Life and Death Dilemma

Joni Eareckson Tada



Joni Eareckson TadaSooner or later every family will face decisions about death.This revised edition of WHEN IS IT RIGHT TO DIE?, with studyguide included, tackles the sensitive issues of euthanasia,suffering and suicide, and offers practical biblical answersfrom someone well-acquainted with suffering.From Zondervan.

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About "Life and Death Dilemma"

Joni Eareckson TadaSooner or later every family will face decisions about death.This revised edition of WHEN IS IT RIGHT TO DIE?, with studyguide included, tackles the sensitive issues of euthanasia,suffering and suicide, and offers practical biblical answersfrom someone well-acquainted with suffering.From Zondervan.
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You might be standing by the bedside of an ill or dying family member, facing agonizing moral and medical choices. Or you may be struggling with a disability, asking questions that seem to have no answers. Where can you find practical encouragement and realistic perspective to help you make the best decisions? Joni Eareckson Tada, herself a quadriplegic, helps you and your family tackle the hard questions about death, illness, and suffering, such as: - Is it ever right to choose death, either for yourself or a suffering loved one? - How can I make the best decisions in a medical crisis? - Where is God in the unanswerable questions? - Are our rights being protected? Stories of real people who have faced life-and-death decisions, practical suggestions for coping in crisis, and scriptural insight on the meaning of life help you find hope and answers in difficult situations. From the legal facts to the human factor, Joni brings a unique perspective to what makes life worth living and how to make health care choices with dignity, wisdom, and compassion. The Life and Death Dilemma, written with families' needs in mind, offers help and insight for those who are disabled, dying, or terminally ill. Complete with practical questions at the end of each chapter and full of relevant case studies, it offers help and guidance through one of the toughest issues families must face.
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Meet the Author

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada has known the grace of God for 30 years after being after being paralysed from the neck down in a diving accident. Joni is president of JAF Ministries, an organization that accelerates Christian ministry among people with disabilities. She is also host of 'Joni and Friends', a daily radio program in the USA operating out of the International Disability Centre and a sought after conference speaker.

She is the author of more than 30 books, including the bestsellers Diamonds in the Dust, Heaven, and More Precious Than Silver.

In 2003 she was given the Gold Medallion Award for her book When God Weeps and in 2004 for co-authoring Hymns for a Kid's Heart, Volume 1. Her award winning and best-selling autobiography, Joni, was adapted as a full-length feature film. Tada also serves in an advisory capacity to many Institutes concerned with disability, writing and evangelism worldwide. She has been given many awards and holds several honourary doctorates. Joni and her husband, Ken, live in Southern California.

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Special Thanks
  • Part One: Facing The Dilemma
  • 1.there Are Answers
  • 2.what Are The Questions?
  • 3.god Sets The Standards
  • Part Two: Does It Matter?
  • 4.your Decision Matters To Others
  • 5.your Decision Matters To You
  • 6.your Decision Matters To The Enemy
  • 7.your Decision Matters To God
  • Part Three: You Can Have The Mind Of Christ
  •'s Time To Decide
  • 9.ending Well
  • Victoriously
  • Notes


Excerpt from: Life and Death Dilemma

1 There Are Answers Any idiot can face a crisis; it's this day to day living that wears you out. ANTON CHEKHOV Chekhov's words were no doubt intended to be a backhanded encouragement. They elicit a knowing smile from those of us facing the day-to-day struggles of modern life--mortgages, diapers, cranky bosses, sibling fights, aches, and pains. Such mundane troubles wear us out, and a crisis now and then can seem a welcome diversion. But what would Chekhov say to people facing a crisis that had become day to day? What would Chekhov say to people like Sharon: My father had Parkinson's disease for many years. He became dangerous to himself and to my mother to the point that the doctor put him into the hospital for surgery for prostate problems and then into a nursing home. At that time we were told he also had Alzheimer's disease. After four years of being in a coma (brought on by undetected diabetes), amputation of first a toe, then a leg, there would come the amputation of the other leg and both hands. He had been in a coma for months but showed extreme pain in his facial gestures. He had not recognized me for about four to five years. My father was a wonderful man, husband, poppa, and grandpa who was loved by all. He was also a proud man and very self-sufficient. It was so sad to see his weakness take away every part of him except breath--due to feeding tubes and life support. Sharon and her mom faced life-and-death questions on a daily basis for four years. 'Do we continue treatments?' 'Do we 'pull the plug'?' 'Do we remove the feeding tube?' I wonder if Chekhov pictured such questions being answered by 'any idiot.' And what would Chekhov say to people like Jim and Julie? Julie endured eight surgeries and biopsies and four regimens of chemotherapy. We experienced the dread and terror of two years of watching Julie receive, and then react to, those powerful drugs. She lost her hair three different times. She would get deathly sick. Her face would turn white, her eyes dark. Her fingernails became knurled and black. Her mouth and entire GI track would break out in open, bleeding ulcers. Her white blood-cell count was often below 1000. A common cold could have killed her. She underwent a full course of radiation and a six-week, risky bone-marrow transplant. At one point, she had hanging over her, thirteen IV bottles filled with powerful drugs and antibiotics. We also experienced five unsuccessful trips out to the National Cancer Institute. Their state-of-the-art experiment failed. Jim and Julie lived in a health care crisis for seven years before Julie went home to heaven. For them there was always the wondering: 'Will this drug work?' 'Is the cancer really gone?' 'Do we try this risky experiment?' They faced these questions, all while raising four kids and serving in full-time ministry. And what would Chekhov say to Debbie: I am a mother of three beautiful triplet girls. They were born three months early, despite fourteen weeks of bed rest and medication to try to prevent premature delivery. As a result of their extreme prematurity, two of the girls are handicapped. The girls are two years old now and I am having a hard time trying to make sure everyone gets what she needs. Amanda is a normal two-year-old; Jennifer cannot crawl, sit up, or walk but mentally seems to be about fifteen months; and Rachel can sit up and crawl but mentally seems to be ten--twelve months. Both Jennifer and Rachel do not eat and need g-tube feedings (feeding through a tube into the stomach) and medications around the clock besides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and feeding therapy. Everything I do is devoted to and revolves around them and their needs, but I still go to bed at night knowing how much better they could be if I could do more. Our church was great in the beginning, and people were always helping me, but as the girls showed evidence of lasting problems, the help stopped. The problem is that I need help now more than ever. I have had a nurse in the home twenty-four hours a day for two years, but they are cutting that down to nothing by Christmas because the girls are off oxygen and their ventilators. To top everything off, right now the girls are in a rehabilitation facility for three months for intense feeding therapy. They are miserable there, and I have had to put Amanda in day care so I can be there for Jen and Rachel. We have no family nearby to help with all this. Debbie is looking ahead to years of daily crises of disability with her kids. She and her husband will ask: 'How will the kids get an education?' 'Where will the money come from to pay for therapy?' 'Are we ever going to get a break just for us?' We Are in a Dilemma Crises like the ones just described are being rehearsed everywhere. Twenty-eight years in a wheelchair has introduced me to the world of advocacy, and with it, thousands of people who were either sinking into or surfacing out of suicidal despair. Decades of visiting hospitals and rehab centers has introduced me to the business executive with Lou Gehrig's disease whose body was shrinking and shriveling; to the young athlete paralyzed from a spinal cord injury and living in a nursing home; to the Vietnam veteran coping with a strange new mental illness; and to the teenager with cerebral palsy sitting on the sidelines, watching her classmates date, and drive cars. These crises are not private. While straining to cope with their own pain, people are learning that they are part of a confusing debate in society over medical issues ranging from physician-assisted suicide to rationed health care. Along with advocates on both sides of the issue, they are learning technical distinctions between words like nonvoluntary euthanasia and active euthanasia. Technological advances in how we can treat people and keep them alive have added to the confusion surrounding the debate. The pain and confusion expressed by people in crisis has made it fashionable (and compassionate according to some) to talk about a simple yet deadly solution: 'Give it up. It's not worth the pain.'

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 84889
  • Product Code 0310585716
  • EAN 9780310585718
  • UPC 025986585716
  • Pages 196
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Medical/science
  • Publisher Lightning Print
  • Publication Date Apr 1995
  • Sales Rank #18712
  • Dimensions 215 x 143 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.267kg

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