The Last Act of Love

Author: Cathy Rentzenbrink

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447286405

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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A Richard and Judy Book club selection. In the summer of 1990, Cathy's brother Matty was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out. It was two weeks before his GCSE results, which turned out to be the best in his school. Sitting by his unconscious body in hospital, holding his hand and watching his heartbeat on the monitors, Cathy and her parents willed him to survive. They did not know then that there are many and various fates worse than death. This is the story of what happened to Cathy and her brother, and the unimaginable decision that she and her parents had to make eight years after the night that changed everything. It's a story for anyone who has ever watched someone suffer or lost someone they loved or lived through a painful time that left them forever changed. Told with boundless warmth and affection, The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink is a heartbreaking yet uplifting testament to a family's survival and the price we pay for love.

The Last Act of Love

Author: Cathy Rentzenbrink

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447286375

Category: Adjustment (Psychology)

Page: 250

View: 8612

In the summer of 1990 - two weeks before his GCSE results, which turned out to be the best in his school - Cathy Rentzenbrink's brother Matty was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out, suffering serious head injuries. He was left in a permanent vegetative state. Over the following years, Cathy and her parents took care of Matty - they built an extension onto the village pub where they lived and worked; they talked to him, fed him, bathed him, loved him. But there came a point at which it seemed the best thing they could do for Matty - and for themselves - was let him go.With unflinching honesty and raw emotional power, Cathy describes the unimaginable pain of losing her brother and the decision that changed her family's lives forever. As she delves into the past and reclaims memories that have lain buried for many years, Cathy reconnects with the bright, funny, adoring brother she lost and is finally able to see the end of his life as it really was - a last act of love.Powerful, intimate and intensely moving, this is a personal journey with universal resonance - a story of unconditional love, of grief, survival and the strength of the ties that bind. It's a story that will speak to anyone who has lost someone close to them, to anyone who has fiercely loved a sibling, and to anyone who has ever wondered whether prolonging a loved one's life might be more heartbreaking than saying goodbye.

Life after Loss

Author: Bob Deits

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0738219622

Category: Self-Help

Page: 336

View: 3198

"One of the classics in the field of crisis intervention" (Dr. Earl Grollman), Life after Loss is the go-to resource for anyone who has suffered a significant life change. Loss can be overwhelming, and recovery often seems daunting, if not impossible. With great compassion and insight, Deits provides practical exercises for navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and grief, helping readers find positive ways to put together a life that is necessarily different, but equally meaningful. With two new chapters and significant changes throughout reflecting Deits's ongoing experience in counseling, Life after Loss is an essential "roadmap for those in grief" (Lawrence J. Lincoln, MD, Staff, Elisabeth KüRoss Center).

Honest to God, Honest to Man

Author: Vladimir Svistelnik


ISBN: 1471070506

Category: Religion

Page: 299

View: 6245

Modern "prophets" and even scientists believe that devastating earthquakes and tsunamis that have killed many people on Haiti, in Chili and in Japan lately were the heralds of more scaled natural cataclysms that, according to Mayan calendar, may destroy the life on Earth in December 2012. Many people try to find salvation in religion However, sensational discoveries made by the author, reveal the fact that trying to hide the truth about Jesus, Church founders made so many theological mistakes that made salvation impossible. Honest to God, Honest to Man is the author's desperate attempt to tell the truth about why did it happen, and why religious teachings became the source of religious intolerance and terrorism.

Religious Studies, Sketches and Poems

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Publisher: DigiCat


Category: Religion

Page: 261

View: 3609

"Religious Studies, Sketches and Poems" is a book that contains lots of amazing stories written to inform, and teach on religion. Harriet Beecher Stowe aims to impact everyone through the works of life with good, edifying teachings of Christ with reference to the Bible. It also contains some interesting poems and sketches that are very descriptive and in line with the various subjects.

Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship

Author: Joel B. Green,Thomas G. Long,Luke A. Powery,Cynthia L. Rigby,Carolyn J. Sharp

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 1611649846

Category: Religion

Page: 584

View: 5368

Designed to empower preachers as they lead congregations to connect their lives to Scripture, Connections features a broad set of interpretive tools that provide commentary and worship aids on the Revised Common Lectionary. This nine-volume series offers creative commentary on each reading in the three-year lectionary cycle by viewing that reading through the lens of its connections to the rest of Scripture and then seeing the reading through the lenses of culture, film, fiction, ethics, and other aspects of contemporary life. Commentaries on the Psalms make connections to the other readings and to the congregations experience of worship. Connections is published in partnership with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

At the Hour of Our Death

Author: Jean-Miguel Garrigues

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1666717959

Category: Religion

Page: 137

View: 3073

In this series of beautiful and accessible meditations, Fr. Jean-Miguel Garrigues examines death and eternal life in the light of Christian revelation. His work is the fruit of years of sustained theological reflection, as well as his own experience accompanying terminally ill cancer patients as a hospital chaplain. At the Hour of Our Death nourishes the vitally important theological virtue of hope. It encourages us to accompany the dying with compassion, love, and prayer, to live in communion with the saints of heaven and the holy souls of purgatory, and to wisely and serenely prepare ourselves for the day when we, too, will be called to accomplish, in the company of Jesus, the great Passover from this life to the house of our heavenly Father. The worldwide pandemic has brought end-of-life issues closer to many people than ever before. Fr. Jean Miguel’s insights, lucidly rendered into English by Fr. Gregory Casprini, will serve as a help and consolation to many, strengthening their faith and encouraging them to pray for and accompany others.