More and more people who are terminally ill are choosing assisted suicide. In When Is It Right to Die?, Joni Eareckson Tada offers a path of hope, compassion, and death with real dignity. Joni Eareckson Tada has lived with paralysis for over 50 years now. She knows the difficulties and depression that come with serious illness. She has also faced the question of euthanasia through family members and friends. This books offers practical encouragement and biblical advice in times of making difficult decisions.
Growing up with parents who are doctors and having chosen to work in the health care myself, euthanasia comes up in conversations every now and then. I work with children with severe impairments and handicaps. So I often think of the fact that so many women decide to abort their child when they learn of Down Syndrome, for example. I can’t really handle thinking all that. These sweet children that I work with, they are such a joy (though they can be challenging, for sure). I keep thinking that there has to be a better way than aborting. There has to be something else than assisted suicide for those who have lost their will to live because of an illness.
I found this was a really good (and in parts, challenging) read. Joni Eareckson Tada tackles this hard topic with wisdom and understanding. It isn’t easy to write on topics such as assisted suicide, and to do it with grace. I think this is a book we should all read, whether or not it is relevant to our lives right now.
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