When is it Right to Die?: Suicide, Euthanasia, Suffering, Mercy, Volume 121

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Zondervan Publishing House, 1992 - Euthanasia - 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

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

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This book argues against the practice of euthanasia from a decidedly Christian point of view. Tada bases her arguments on the implication that euthanasia is the "ultimate expression of selfishness ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
11
Lets Begin Here
17
Your Decision Matters to Others
67
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

In 1967, Joni Eareckson Tada was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident. She has gone on to paint, write several books and a monthly column for Moody Monthly magazine, record musical albums, and have a daily radio show. She is the founder and president of JAF Ministries, which works with disabled people and their families, and held a presidential appointment to the National Council on Disability. She has earned titles such as "Churchwoman of the Year" (the Religious Heritage Foundation) and "Layperson of the Year" (the National Association of Evangelicals). Her autobiography, Joni, was adapted as a movie.

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