Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-Of-Life Medical Care

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Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-Of-Life Medical Care ❄ [KINDLE] ✽ Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-Of-Life Medical Care By Kathryn L. Butler ➝ – Polishdarling.co.uk Less than a century ago, most people died at home Today, percent of Americans die in institutions such as hospitals or nursing homes The dying process once a visible reality of life now hides behind Less than a century ago, most and Death: Epub Ü people died at home Today,percent Between Life eBook ✓ of Americans die in institutions such as hospitals or nursing homes The Life and Death: PDF Å dying process once a visible reality of life now hides behind a complex web of medical technology, and few Americans discuss end of life care before it becomes urgent Faced with crucial decisions, Christian patients and loved ones struggle to understand how their faith should inform their treatment Covering topics such as ventilators, dialysis, artificially administered nutrition, physician assisted suicide, hospice, and , this book offers a distinctly Christian guide to end of life care, simplifying common medical jargon and exploring biblical principles that individuals and families need in order to navigate the transition from this life to the next.


10 thoughts on “Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-Of-Life Medical Care

  1. Britt Anderson Britt Anderson says:

    Dr Butler masterfully explains from a Christian worldview the difference between sustaining life and prolonging death in the intensive care unit.


  2. Katie Schuermann Katie Schuermann says:

    The author, an LCMS ICU doctor, articulately and compassionately makes plain the medical, ethical, and theological implications of ICU and hospice care at the end of a person s life This book is thorough, accessible, well organized, and, most importantly, faithful to Scripture I think every pastor, church, and family should own, read, and discuss this book.


  3. Michael Schuermann Michael Schuermann says:

    Phenomenal resource for pastors and for Christians in general Dr Butler clearly lays out the realities of current ICU and end of life medical care, carefully connecting it all to the providence of God, the sanctity of life, and especially the Christ s Gospel of the renewal and resurrection of our bodies into eternity.A deeper review of this book should be in the Doxology Seelsorger journal down the road.


  4. Jisun Lee Jisun Lee says:

    Before writing my review of Dr Butler s Between Life and Death, I wanted to provide a disclaimer I am a Christian and I am not in the medical field at all or know of any terminology or jargon pertaining to the medical field I picked this book from the NetGalley collection because of the cover, and because one of my goals is to readbooks on Christianity and Christian living Now, onto the review The first thing I noticed was that Dr Butler cites the Bible a lot throughout her book her Before writing my review of Dr Butler s Between Life and Death, I wanted to provide a disclaimer I am a Christian and I am not in the medical field at all or know of any terminology or jargon pertaining to the medical field I picked this book from the NetGalley collection because of the cover, and because one of my goals is to readbooks on Christianity and Christian living Now, onto the review The first thing I noticed was that Dr Butler cites the Bible a lot throughout her book her knowledge of the Bible verses as well as the idea and meaning behind each one seem to be well established and clear As Christians, we should all base our lives on the Bible and the message of the Gospel, and that is what Dr Butler does in her book Even in her professional role as a physician and doctor, it s obvious that she roots herself in the Word of God and that her relationship with Him is a strong one She uses the Bible verses to back up her thoughts and beliefs on what to do concerning the medical world, including emergency situations and even end of life care She is a very skilled and intelligent physician as well, as her readers would be able to see Throughout her book, she explains the step by step process of different medical procedures and explains the specific jargon and terminology so that laypeople can understand.From the beginning, Dr Butler s main thesis is clear you need to greatly consider God s will in all aspects of life, particularly and perhaps most importantly, end of life situations, whether due to old age or other unfortunate situations My interpretation of her stance is that God is crucial you must turn to Him when you are dealing with end of life care, since He is the one and only one in authority and He s the only one that has sovereignty over everything, including our very lives When you turn to medical procedures such as life support, you are claiming dominion over life and that you can will a person s life to prolong itself, which goes against the very nature of our place as humans God is the only one that can do that As a Christian, one must recognize that when our strength is failing and we are wearing, that it is God s will He has come to take us home But when we are desperately clinging to life through the emergency rooms and surgeries and life support and what have you, you are deliberately disallowing God s will and plan to play out You are claiming His role in our lives for ourselves.I am personally scared of death even though I am a Christian, and reading Dr Butler s book was somewhat uncomfortable at some parts, but in the end, it was an interesting read that Christians who are struggling with the end of life care of a loved one, or even their own, should read and consider and remember that God is in control, and whether or not they are going to be in a strong relationship if they insist on life support or other methods of preventing death to arrive Of course, there have been some miracles like a man waking up from a coma one day before his wife and family would have taken him off life support To me, it s still a confusing mess, but reading between Life and Death made it clear to me that I should be turning to God for everything, and that my relationship with Him is strong and should forever remain strong even when I m at the footstep of death, and tat when God finally calls me home, that as a faithful Christian I should be content with letting go and following Him to His Kingdom.Overall, this was an intense book but necessary I think and thought provoking Dr Butler s intended audience seems to be Christians, so the book s content might not make sense to non Christians Nevertheless, Christians can take comfort and mental notes about what it is to be a Christian and how to tackle death and end of life care situations


  5. David Steele David Steele says:

    These are perilous times Our day is marked by pragmatism and situational ethics The current milieu, for the most part, is not informed or undergirded by biblical principles.As our loved ones reach the end of their days, it is important that we refuse to allow culture to dictate our medical and ethical decisions Between Life and Death by Kathryn Butler helps navigate the bumpy path which ends in death Butler is a trained physician and trauma surgeon who recently left her medical practice to h These are perilous times Our day is marked by pragmatism and situational ethics The current milieu, for the most part, is not informed or undergirded by biblical principles.As our loved ones reach the end of their days, it is important that we refuse to allow culture to dictate our medical and ethical decisions Between Life and Death by Kathryn Butler helps navigate the bumpy path which ends in death Butler is a trained physician and trauma surgeon who recently left her medical practice to homeschool her children She brings a wealth of biblical wisdom to light and offers guidance which is a reflection of the counsel of the holy.Personally, Between Life and Death was a difficult book for me No one likes to think about the implications of death but Dr Butler forces the issue with truth and grace Each chapter is laced with take home points which apply the truths of a given chapter.The strength in this book is the author s commitment to biblical authority and its emphasis on people made in the image of God These image bearers have great worth and dignity in the sight of God As a result, each person must be treated with kindness and respect.When the life of an image bearer hangs in the balance, each person must determine whether treatment promises recovery or only prolongation of suffering and death, writes Butler.Another helpful feature in Butler s book is the example of a Sample Directive This helpful tool may be used as a sort of template that readers can apply to their own unique situation.Overall, Between Life and Death is a helpful book, one that is sure to educate people and guide them on a biblical path that glorifies the Lord


  6. Emily Emily says:

    4.5 Throughout these pages the hope and comfort of the gospel is a primary message However, a huge amount of frank technical information is included about the different types of medical care that might be encountered in an end of life situation, the pros and cons of each intervention, and gentle, compassionate guidance for the sufferer and loved ones on suffering and potential benefits Advice and excellent, God centered questions about quality of life, goals for life particularly as it comes t 4.5 Throughout these pages the hope and comfort of the gospel is a primary message However, a huge amount of frank technical information is included about the different types of medical care that might be encountered in an end of life situation, the pros and cons of each intervention, and gentle, compassionate guidance for the sufferer and loved ones on suffering and potential benefits Advice and excellent, God centered questions about quality of life, goals for life particularly as it comes toward an end, examples, case studies all described and expressed with sympathy The value of our mortal lives, the sovereignty of God over our lives, the goals of worship, service, and fellowship, are all highlighted and considered with great care and inspiration Highly recommended for every pastor, Christian physician, medical professional, and every Christian over the age of 50 who has aging parents or himself herself is approaching end of life issues


  7. Deon Deon says:

    This is an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley No review, positive or otherwise, was required all opinions are my own This is an important book that everyone needs to read The author covers tons of questions we should have answered before a health crisis arrives She does a great job defining terms and helping the reader understand what is going on The author is a trauma surgeon and uses her experience to help teach Table of ContentsFraming the issue Wisdom begins with the word A deta This is an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley No review, positive or otherwise, was required all opinions are my own This is an important book that everyone needs to read The author covers tons of questions we should have answered before a health crisis arrives She does a great job defining terms and helping the reader understand what is going on The author is a trauma surgeon and uses her experience to help teach Table of ContentsFraming the issue Wisdom begins with the word A detailed look at organ supporting measures Resuscitation for cardiac arrest Introduction to the intensive care Mechanical ventilation Cardiovascular support vasopressors, inotropes, and lines Artificially administered nutrition Dialysis Brain injury Discernment at life s end Comfort measures and hospice Physician assisted suicide Advance care planning Being a voice surrogate decision making


  8. Ivan Ivan says:

    For all the blessings of modern critical care, we have not sufficiently reckoned with its dark underside What happens when medical technology and intervention do not preserve life but prolong death With her keen medical training and experience on display, Kathryn Butler parts the curtain on an array of life threatening situations that might befall us or those we love In Between Life and Death A Gospel Centered Guide to End of Life Medical Care, Butler points us to the hope of the gospel, sho For all the blessings of modern critical care, we have not sufficiently reckoned with its dark underside What happens when medical technology and intervention do not preserve life but prolong death With her keen medical training and experience on display, Kathryn Butler parts the curtain on an array of life threatening situations that might befall us or those we love In Between Life and Death A Gospel Centered Guide to End of Life Medical Care, Butler points us to the hope of the gospel, showing what Christian discipleship might look like in some of the most agonizing moments in life May this book serve as a useful guide and conversation starter as we prepare for death and gaze on Christ


  9. Margie Margie says:

    This is a must read for everyone When I began the process of drafting a Living Will, I felt the one pager form given to me my doctor totally inadequate This book sufficiently described and clarified a lot of the terms and medical situations for me to sit down, in a clear mind, and formulate my response to these situations, should they ever occur, in aexpansive form and from a Christian perspective Having medical doctors in my family helped me navigate some of thetechnical areas I This is a must read for everyone When I began the process of drafting a Living Will, I felt the one pager form given to me my doctor totally inadequate This book sufficiently described and clarified a lot of the terms and medical situations for me to sit down, in a clear mind, and formulate my response to these situations, should they ever occur, in aexpansive form and from a Christian perspective Having medical doctors in my family helped me navigate some of thetechnical areas I was considering, however this book also put them in apersonal perspective because the author differentiates between sustaining life vs prolonging death Anyone who doesn t understand this distinction is really not able to formulate a well thought out advanced directive I highly recommend this book for people who are in the research mode for their personal advanced directive I would also recommend it to adult children who are parents and or have parents Any person who hasn t already sat down and thoughtfully considered their own personal wishes in a situation where others must decide what to do for them, needs this information to make informed decisions ahead of time Now that my advanced directive is done, I have purchased extra copies of this book to give to my children and potential caregivers along with my Living Will


  10. Rebecca Krug Rebecca Krug says:

    This is a must read if you 1 Work in healthcare 2 Are walking through chronic illness or end of life with someone you love 3 or are in ministry and want a reference for when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death with those under your care It is excellent Dr Butler explains in clear, easy to understand language the intricacies of end of life care She explains intensive care terminology She walks through organ supporting measures, and discusses when treatments may alleviate This is a must read if you 1 Work in healthcare 2 Are walking through chronic illness or end of life with someone you love 3 or are in ministry and want a reference for when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death with those under your care It is excellent Dr Butler explains in clear, easy to understand language the intricacies of end of life care She explains intensive care terminology She walks through organ supporting measures, and discusses when treatments may alleviate symptoms and when they prolong suffering.I have never read a book that captures exactly what I want to tell family members and friends about end of life care She beautifully weaves the gospel into every chapter So, buy this book, keep it on your shelf and refer to the chapter that addresses specific issues as you encounter them


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10 thoughts on “Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-Of-Life Medical Care

  1. Britt Anderson Britt Anderson says:

    Dr Butler masterfully explains from a Christian worldview the difference between sustaining life and prolonging death in the intensive care unit.


  2. Katie Schuermann Katie Schuermann says:

    The author, an LCMS ICU doctor, articulately and compassionately makes plain the medical, ethical, and theological implications of ICU and hospice care at the end of a person s life This book is thorough, accessible, well organized, and, most importantly, faithful to Scripture I think every pastor, church, and family should own, read, and discuss this book.


  3. Michael Schuermann Michael Schuermann says:

    Phenomenal resource for pastors and for Christians in general Dr Butler clearly lays out the realities of current ICU and end of life medical care, carefully connecting it all to the providence of God, the sanctity of life, and especially the Christ s Gospel of the renewal and resurrection of our bodies into eternity.A deeper review of this book should be in the Doxology Seelsorger journal down the road.


  4. Jisun Lee Jisun Lee says:

    Before writing my review of Dr Butler s Between Life and Death, I wanted to provide a disclaimer I am a Christian and I am not in the medical field at all or know of any terminology or jargon pertaining to the medical field I picked this book from the NetGalley collection because of the cover, and because one of my goals is to readbooks on Christianity and Christian living Now, onto the review The first thing I noticed was that Dr Butler cites the Bible a lot throughout her book her Before writing my review of Dr Butler s Between Life and Death, I wanted to provide a disclaimer I am a Christian and I am not in the medical field at all or know of any terminology or jargon pertaining to the medical field I picked this book from the NetGalley collection because of the cover, and because one of my goals is to readbooks on Christianity and Christian living Now, onto the review The first thing I noticed was that Dr Butler cites the Bible a lot throughout her book her knowledge of the Bible verses as well as the idea and meaning behind each one seem to be well established and clear As Christians, we should all base our lives on the Bible and the message of the Gospel, and that is what Dr Butler does in her book Even in her professional role as a physician and doctor, it s obvious that she roots herself in the Word of God and that her relationship with Him is a strong one She uses the Bible verses to back up her thoughts and beliefs on what to do concerning the medical world, including emergency situations and even end of life care She is a very skilled and intelligent physician as well, as her readers would be able to see Throughout her book, she explains the step by step process of different medical procedures and explains the specific jargon and terminology so that laypeople can understand.From the beginning, Dr Butler s main thesis is clear you need to greatly consider God s will in all aspects of life, particularly and perhaps most importantly, end of life situations, whether due to old age or other unfortunate situations My interpretation of her stance is that God is crucial you must turn to Him when you are dealing with end of life care, since He is the one and only one in authority and He s the only one that has sovereignty over everything, including our very lives When you turn to medical procedures such as life support, you are claiming dominion over life and that you can will a person s life to prolong itself, which goes against the very nature of our place as humans God is the only one that can do that As a Christian, one must recognize that when our strength is failing and we are wearing, that it is God s will He has come to take us home But when we are desperately clinging to life through the emergency rooms and surgeries and life support and what have you, you are deliberately disallowing God s will and plan to play out You are claiming His role in our lives for ourselves.I am personally scared of death even though I am a Christian, and reading Dr Butler s book was somewhat uncomfortable at some parts, but in the end, it was an interesting read that Christians who are struggling with the end of life care of a loved one, or even their own, should read and consider and remember that God is in control, and whether or not they are going to be in a strong relationship if they insist on life support or other methods of preventing death to arrive Of course, there have been some miracles like a man waking up from a coma one day before his wife and family would have taken him off life support To me, it s still a confusing mess, but reading between Life and Death made it clear to me that I should be turning to God for everything, and that my relationship with Him is strong and should forever remain strong even when I m at the footstep of death, and tat when God finally calls me home, that as a faithful Christian I should be content with letting go and following Him to His Kingdom.Overall, this was an intense book but necessary I think and thought provoking Dr Butler s intended audience seems to be Christians, so the book s content might not make sense to non Christians Nevertheless, Christians can take comfort and mental notes about what it is to be a Christian and how to tackle death and end of life care situations


  5. David Steele David Steele says:

    These are perilous times Our day is marked by pragmatism and situational ethics The current milieu, for the most part, is not informed or undergirded by biblical principles.As our loved ones reach the end of their days, it is important that we refuse to allow culture to dictate our medical and ethical decisions Between Life and Death by Kathryn Butler helps navigate the bumpy path which ends in death Butler is a trained physician and trauma surgeon who recently left her medical practice to h These are perilous times Our day is marked by pragmatism and situational ethics The current milieu, for the most part, is not informed or undergirded by biblical principles.As our loved ones reach the end of their days, it is important that we refuse to allow culture to dictate our medical and ethical decisions Between Life and Death by Kathryn Butler helps navigate the bumpy path which ends in death Butler is a trained physician and trauma surgeon who recently left her medical practice to homeschool her children She brings a wealth of biblical wisdom to light and offers guidance which is a reflection of the counsel of the holy.Personally, Between Life and Death was a difficult book for me No one likes to think about the implications of death but Dr Butler forces the issue with truth and grace Each chapter is laced with take home points which apply the truths of a given chapter.The strength in this book is the author s commitment to biblical authority and its emphasis on people made in the image of God These image bearers have great worth and dignity in the sight of God As a result, each person must be treated with kindness and respect.When the life of an image bearer hangs in the balance, each person must determine whether treatment promises recovery or only prolongation of suffering and death, writes Butler.Another helpful feature in Butler s book is the example of a Sample Directive This helpful tool may be used as a sort of template that readers can apply to their own unique situation.Overall, Between Life and Death is a helpful book, one that is sure to educate people and guide them on a biblical path that glorifies the Lord


  6. Emily Emily says:

    4.5 Throughout these pages the hope and comfort of the gospel is a primary message However, a huge amount of frank technical information is included about the different types of medical care that might be encountered in an end of life situation, the pros and cons of each intervention, and gentle, compassionate guidance for the sufferer and loved ones on suffering and potential benefits Advice and excellent, God centered questions about quality of life, goals for life particularly as it comes t 4.5 Throughout these pages the hope and comfort of the gospel is a primary message However, a huge amount of frank technical information is included about the different types of medical care that might be encountered in an end of life situation, the pros and cons of each intervention, and gentle, compassionate guidance for the sufferer and loved ones on suffering and potential benefits Advice and excellent, God centered questions about quality of life, goals for life particularly as it comes toward an end, examples, case studies all described and expressed with sympathy The value of our mortal lives, the sovereignty of God over our lives, the goals of worship, service, and fellowship, are all highlighted and considered with great care and inspiration Highly recommended for every pastor, Christian physician, medical professional, and every Christian over the age of 50 who has aging parents or himself herself is approaching end of life issues


  7. Deon Deon says:

    This is an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley No review, positive or otherwise, was required all opinions are my own This is an important book that everyone needs to read The author covers tons of questions we should have answered before a health crisis arrives She does a great job defining terms and helping the reader understand what is going on The author is a trauma surgeon and uses her experience to help teach Table of ContentsFraming the issue Wisdom begins with the word A deta This is an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley No review, positive or otherwise, was required all opinions are my own This is an important book that everyone needs to read The author covers tons of questions we should have answered before a health crisis arrives She does a great job defining terms and helping the reader understand what is going on The author is a trauma surgeon and uses her experience to help teach Table of ContentsFraming the issue Wisdom begins with the word A detailed look at organ supporting measures Resuscitation for cardiac arrest Introduction to the intensive care Mechanical ventilation Cardiovascular support vasopressors, inotropes, and lines Artificially administered nutrition Dialysis Brain injury Discernment at life s end Comfort measures and hospice Physician assisted suicide Advance care planning Being a voice surrogate decision making


  8. Ivan Ivan says:

    For all the blessings of modern critical care, we have not sufficiently reckoned with its dark underside What happens when medical technology and intervention do not preserve life but prolong death With her keen medical training and experience on display, Kathryn Butler parts the curtain on an array of life threatening situations that might befall us or those we love In Between Life and Death A Gospel Centered Guide to End of Life Medical Care, Butler points us to the hope of the gospel, sho For all the blessings of modern critical care, we have not sufficiently reckoned with its dark underside What happens when medical technology and intervention do not preserve life but prolong death With her keen medical training and experience on display, Kathryn Butler parts the curtain on an array of life threatening situations that might befall us or those we love In Between Life and Death A Gospel Centered Guide to End of Life Medical Care, Butler points us to the hope of the gospel, showing what Christian discipleship might look like in some of the most agonizing moments in life May this book serve as a useful guide and conversation starter as we prepare for death and gaze on Christ


  9. Margie Margie says:

    This is a must read for everyone When I began the process of drafting a Living Will, I felt the one pager form given to me my doctor totally inadequate This book sufficiently described and clarified a lot of the terms and medical situations for me to sit down, in a clear mind, and formulate my response to these situations, should they ever occur, in aexpansive form and from a Christian perspective Having medical doctors in my family helped me navigate some of thetechnical areas I This is a must read for everyone When I began the process of drafting a Living Will, I felt the one pager form given to me my doctor totally inadequate This book sufficiently described and clarified a lot of the terms and medical situations for me to sit down, in a clear mind, and formulate my response to these situations, should they ever occur, in aexpansive form and from a Christian perspective Having medical doctors in my family helped me navigate some of thetechnical areas I was considering, however this book also put them in apersonal perspective because the author differentiates between sustaining life vs prolonging death Anyone who doesn t understand this distinction is really not able to formulate a well thought out advanced directive I highly recommend this book for people who are in the research mode for their personal advanced directive I would also recommend it to adult children who are parents and or have parents Any person who hasn t already sat down and thoughtfully considered their own personal wishes in a situation where others must decide what to do for them, needs this information to make informed decisions ahead of time Now that my advanced directive is done, I have purchased extra copies of this book to give to my children and potential caregivers along with my Living Will


  10. Rebecca Krug Rebecca Krug says:

    This is a must read if you 1 Work in healthcare 2 Are walking through chronic illness or end of life with someone you love 3 or are in ministry and want a reference for when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death with those under your care It is excellent Dr Butler explains in clear, easy to understand language the intricacies of end of life care She explains intensive care terminology She walks through organ supporting measures, and discusses when treatments may alleviate This is a must read if you 1 Work in healthcare 2 Are walking through chronic illness or end of life with someone you love 3 or are in ministry and want a reference for when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death with those under your care It is excellent Dr Butler explains in clear, easy to understand language the intricacies of end of life care She explains intensive care terminology She walks through organ supporting measures, and discusses when treatments may alleviate symptoms and when they prolong suffering.I have never read a book that captures exactly what I want to tell family members and friends about end of life care She beautifully weaves the gospel into every chapter So, buy this book, keep it on your shelf and refer to the chapter that addresses specific issues as you encounter them


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