When is it right to die?: suicide, euthanasia, suffering, mercy, Volume 121

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Zondervan Pub. House, Sep 1, 1992 - Political Science - 189 pages
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If he knows he's going to die, why shouldn't a doctor just help him die? Shouldn't we treat her as kindly as we treat our dogs or cats? What about all these tubes? Give me an easy conclusion for this painful situation. Joni Eareckson Tada was confronted with these questions not only as she struggled against her own paralysis, but as she sat in her wheelchair by the bedside of her dying father. So much suffering, so much pain, she thought. Why not end it all quickly ... painlessly? More and more people who are terminally ill are choosing assisted suicide. Other groups such as the elderly, the disabled, or even the depressed or suicidal are being swept up into this movement of "self deliverance". Books on suicide are becoming bestsellers. Bypass suffering. Leapfrog the dying process. Put a quick end to merciless pain and mental anguish. These are tempting enticements to those who hurt. When Is It Right to Die? counterbalances such "quick fix" advice with alternatives of hope, compassion, and death with real dignity. Tada offers help to those who see assisted death measures on their state ballots and wonder when legalized suicide will become a reality. Behind every booklet printed by a right-to-die or a right-to-life group is a family. A family like yours. A disabled person like Joni. In her warm, personal way, Joni takes her reader into the lives of families, the elderly, the disabled, and the terminally ill and lets them speak about assisted death. What they say is surprising. For those who agonize over the "when" and "how" of dying at a time when assisted suicide is being openly debated, When Is It Right to Die? gives guidance toward answers that are ethical, appropriate, and ... right.In an age of advancing medical technology, who has not pondered the questions, "How do I want to die? Can I control the way I will one day die?" This book is for those who want help for the single national issue that will personally touch everyone's life. Tada doesn't give pat conclusions. She doesn't hold to the position of life support when death is imminent. Instead she gives warm comfort from God and her experience and practical help to meet the hard, cold realities for those facing, or considering, death. Not a dissertation on ethics, this book is filled with personal stories of real individuals facing life-and-death questions and finding ... hope.

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Since I may have to make hard decisions about my elderly father, I was thankful for the opportunity to read this book and get some Biblical guidance. (This was written back in 1982.) Read full review


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Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder of Joni and Friends, an organization accelerating Christian outreach in the disability community that numbers 610 million people worldwide. This organization operates out of the new Joni and Friends International Disability Center located in Agoura Hills, California. Joni is not only an international disability advocate but an artist and the author of numerous bestselling books, including Pearls of Great Price, Diamonds in the Dust, More Precious Than Silver, the Platinum award-winning Joni, Heaven: Your Real Home, When God Weeps, and The God I Love. SPANISH BIO: Joni Eareckson Tada es el fundadora del Centro Internacional de Discapacidad Joni y sus amigos, una organizacion con sede en California que promueve el alcance cristiano en la comunidad de discapacitados a nivel mundial (www.joniandfriends.org). En 1967, un accidente durante un salto de clavado dejo cuadriplegica a Joni, pero los anos no fueron desaprovechados. Su siempre profundo amor por la Palabra de Dios ha generado mas de treinta y cinco libros, incluyendo sus exitosos devocionales, Diamantes en el polvo y Mas precioso que la plata. Joni y su esposo, Ken, han estado casados durante veinticuatro anos y tienen su hogar en Calabasas, California.