Nobody Tells a Dying Guy to Shut Up An Account of God’s Faithfulness

My wife attended a Woman’s retreat at Cedar Lake Ministries, Cedar Lake IN. The main speaker spoke on the book of Esther and talked about being brave. She highlighted a book about her father who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Dave and Beth faced this dreadful disease head on with faith and humor.  The name of the book intrigued me because I have found that people tend to let me talk without much interruption. It has helped me to choose my words carefully and wisely.

The description on Amazons page describes the book well:

“If you knew you had only a few years to live, how would you use that time? Would you allow despair to overwhelm you or would you find a way to still have a life? How could you keep the fear of death from ruining the days you had left? Many people have considered these questions in theory, but when Dave Chilcoat was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a fatal illness for which there is no treatment and no cure, he had to face them in reality. The day he received his diagnosis Dave began writing a journal. Then to keep family and friends updated on his condition, he began posting his journal online. He wrote weekly for nearly three years and his chronicle was eventually read by tens of thousands around the world. This book is the heart of that journal, the living account of an ordinary man who faced death with a unique brand of humor, an unshakable faith in God’s goodness and grace, and a heart open to God’s purposes.”

This is a great book to be challenged, humbled and encouraged by. Life can be so overwhelming. It is refreshing to me to see people who have been given challenges that are so great, respond with grace and courage.

I hope this book refreshes your soul. It has mine.

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