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by Richard Neuhaus

eBook As I Lay Dying: Meditations Upon Returning ePub
Author: Richard Neuhaus
Language: English
ISBN: 0465049311
ISBN13: 978-0465049318
Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2003)
Pages: 176
Category: Death & Grief
Subcategory: Self-Help
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 866
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It is written by former Lutheran minister now Catholic convert-priest Richard John Neuhaus. Very disappointed at first but as I started to peruse it quickly began to think it might have been something stronger at work causing this mistake. Definitely a beautiful book.

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Richard John Neuhaus is acclaimed as one of the foremost authorities on religion in the contemporary world and is President of the Institute on Religion and Public Life. He is the author of many books, including Freedom for Ministry, The Naked Public Square, The Catholic Movement, Believing Today, Death on a Friday Afternoon, and As I Lay Dying. A priest of the Archdiocese of New York, he lives in Manhattan.

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Every night as we lay down to sleep we practice a form of death, according to Richard Neuhaus in As I Lay Dying. Father Neuhaus's book prompts us to think seriously about our own inevitable death, as well as the way we are leading our current lives. -Wall Street Journal.

The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege. New York: Anchor Books. The Best of the Public Square: Book 3 (2007).

interview with Neuhaus, June 5, 2005In Depth. The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege. Retrieved 22 July 2014. Wooldridge, Adrian (September 24, 2006). Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversy, and the Splendor of Truth (2007; ISBN 0-465-04935-4).

Richard John Neuhaus, minister, religious organization administrator. Ordained to ministry Lutheran Church, 1960; ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1991. Named one of The 25 Most Influential Evangelists in America, TIME magazine, 2005, New York's Influentials, New York Magazine, 2006. The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America by Neuhaus, Richard John (1988) Paperback. NWI8S/?tag prabook0b-20.

Richard John Neuhaus (May 14, 1936 – January 8, 2009) was a prominent Christian cleric (first in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, then ELCA pastor and later as a Roman .

Richard John Neuhaus (May 14, 1936 – January 8, 2009) was a prominent Christian cleric (first in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, then ELCA pastor and later as a Roman Catholic priest) and writer. Born in Canada, Neuhaus moved to the United States where he became a naturalized United States citizen.

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by Richard John Neuhaus. Published February 5, 2002 by Basic Books. Protected DAISY, In library, Death, Christianity.

"A profoundly serious rumination on the meaning of life and especially on the meaning of death. Father Neuhaus's book prompts us to think seriously about our own inevitable death, as well as the way we are leading our current lives." --Wall Street Journal.
Gagas
Based on his own experience with a close brush with death due to complications from colon cancer, the author, a Catholic priest, reflects on church doctrine and philosophical issues surrounding the prospect of death, as well as describing his experience of almost dying.

The book is deeply-textured with layered thoughts, yet quite readable. As the author points out, we all will face this event, and it is beneficial to contemplate it beforehand, but when the time comes we will probably not care very much due to the physical misery and detachment that comes with trauma and extreme illness. The act of dying involves a "letting go" and loss of self that is expressed in Christ's admonition of "dying to self." Because the Christian is already crucified with Christ, he/she is already dead and already living eternal life. Yet the separation from the physical body is not without significance, and we may not feel complete joy in Heaven until the day of resurrection when we are reunited with our bodies.

During the darkest hours of his physical misery in the hospital, the author sees a bluish-purple curtain in his room and sits up with full alertness, even while knowing that his physical body lays on the bed. For only a few moments, he is aware of two "presences" represented by the curtain, which he senses to be angels. The message "everything is ready now" is communicated to his mind. He senses that he may decide to let go and go with the angels, or remain. He chooses to remain. It is a blessing to us that he did, and that he subsequently wrote this book.

I think this would be a good book for anyone who was facing terminal illness or trying to come to grips with grief or the thought of personal mortality.
luisRED
This short book is sub-titled "Meditations Upon Returning". It is written by former Lutheran minister now Catholic convert-priest Richard John Neuhaus. Neuhaus is the editor of the interfaith journal First Things, and a prolific author and commentator.

Neuhaus spends the first part of the book musing on life and death, and then writes about his own experience of illness, misdiagnosis, colon cancer, botched surgery, ICU, and almost dying in 1995. He offers some cogent reflections on the experience, based on his own faith and clinging to that faith.

On page 112, Neuhaus describes the strange experience/vision he had a few days after leaving ICU. Rather then describing it as a "near death" experience, he says "I am inclined to think of it as a 'near life' experience."

"...All of a sudden I was jerked into an utterly lucid state of awareness. ... By the drapery were two 'presences.' I saw them and yet did not see them, and I cannot explain that ... And then the presences - one or both of them, I do not know - spoke. This I heard clearly. Not in an ordinary voice, for I cannot remember anything about the voice. But the message was beyond mistaking: 'Everything is ready now.'

That was it. ..."

Neuhaus goes on to discuss this event in the context of his whole experience of sickness, near-death and rocovery. He draws no concrete conclusions, beyond affirming that it was a real occurrence and he drew some comfort from it.

The book is a quick read - less then 170 pages long, and is a good account of one man's confrontation with mortality and what he learned from it. Neuhaus weaves a great deal of Christian reflection, philosophy, poetry, and literature into his narrative. It is much more then just an analysis of the strange experience recounted above.

So, the interesting reflection of a Christian intellectual believer facing his own possible death around the age of 60.
Eyalanev
I have heard this Roman Catholic Priest (formally a Lutheran Pastor) several times. He use to come and address Synod Assemblies before leaving the Lutheran Church. I believe that Fr. Richard John Neuhaus is diseased! He has much to say and to be heard, and his books, etc. should be taken as "must read" to understand the complexity of being Christian, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran.
Agarus
I bought the wrong book. Lol. Thought I had ordered Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" and then this arrives. Very disappointed at first but as I started to peruse it quickly began to think it might have been something stronger at work causing this mistake. Definitely a beautiful book.
Felhalar
I wanted to compare my death experience, as I also lay dying.
Venemarr
A calm meditative discourse on a most important topic: how we understand and face death. Not a morbid book at all; with moments of sage humor.
Cenneel
Much of this memoir of nearly dying is actually about healing and recovery, with a near-death / mystical experience rolled in.
I have always been a fan of Father Richard J. Neuhaus. He is very down to earth/ A good read.
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