What the Dying Have Taught Me about Living: The Awful Amazing Grace of God

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What the Dying Have Taught Me about Living: The Awful Amazing Grace of God is a collection of real life stories recounting interactions with terminal patients. The lessons taught by dying patients around the themes of forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, meaning, gratitude, humility, mindfulness, trust, peace, and humor offer the reader insights into living with a deeper wisdom and compassion. The book is also the story of one man's journey from a fundamentalist faith to an inclusive worldview of acceptance for all. "What the Dying Have Taught Me about Living" is a book of narrative snapshots inviting the reader to reflect on life, and hopefully, become less afraid of death.

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I was afraid of dying, so I became a hospice chaplain. I figured if I hung around with Death, made friends with him--at a safe distance--I'd get used to him, and he wouldn't be so scary. So, for the past nine years I have had the privilege to journey with more than a thousand folks who have gone on to the other side.

I've seen first-hand that no one escapes this world without experiencing pain, suffering, and death. It was a rather startling setback for me when this truth torpedoed my well-constructed life a few years ago. I had spent most of my faith-filled Christian years trying to do everything in my power to avoid pain and suffering. I'd been taught that if I prayed enough, read the Bible enough, lived a clean life, and volunteered to work in the church nursery once in a while, God would protect me from all pain and suffering. The thought that suffering could be good for me in any way wasn't even on my radar screen. But that was before I began to learn what the dying could teach me about living . . .

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Fred Grewe is a Board Certified Chaplain (Association of Professional Chaplains) with a Master's Degree in Pastoral Care from the Aquinas School of Theology in St. Louis and an ordained Congregationalist minister working for Providence Hospice in Medford, Oregon.  His interest in working with the dying began in the early 1990′s with the death of his best friend who succumbed to AIDS.

Joyfully married to the kindest woman on the planet, Fred lives in Ashland, Oregon with wife Cyndi, their incredibly smart, funny, and good looking son Elijah, and Finch the wonder dog. Fred is a mystery - even to himself.  He is a middle-aged, bald, white man who believes God loves him very much and the power of this belief has helped transform a frightened, angry, little man into a more loving and considerate human being.

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