Facing Death: How to Prepare for the Valley
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me..." -King David
Before you finish reading this back cover, Nearly 105 people will die. Within the hour, about 6,316 people will take there final breath.
Will you be one of them?
Sadly, many of the people who die today will do so having made no preparations for what lies beyond the grave.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Before your life comes to an end, you can enter into the calm assurance that King David had as he looked forward to dwelling "in the house of the Lord forever." Then, you can share in David's confidence as you face the darkest hour of your life: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me." This book will help you - and the ones you love - prepare for that valley.
According to The World Factbook, it is estimated that the year 2013 will see nearly 105 people will die each minute. That’s 6,316 deaths every hour, or, almost 151, 600 deaths every day.1 These are not just statistics. Attached to these facts are real people and real families who are suddenly forced to deal with the death.
The purpose of this book is two-fold. First, it is meant to help the reader make the proper preparations for his or her own death, both body and soul. Second, I pray that this book will be a practical resource for those who seek to counsel those confronted with the reality of their own death or the death of a loved one. From private Bible study, personal observations, and numerous conversations with other servants of the Lord over the years, I have gleaned a number of insights that I trust will benefit many.
table of contents
Part One: Facing the Fear
Part Two: Facing the Facts
Q: Where did death come from?
Q: What exactly is death?
Q: How did Jesus defeat death?
Part Three: Facing the Future
Q: What happens to someone who dies?
Q: How can I prepare for death?
Q: How do I prepare a will?
Q: What about funerals?
Q: How can I counsel those who are terminally ill?
Q: How can I comfort those who have lost a loved one?
i. What about Cremation?
ii. What about Euthanasia?
iii. What about Suicide?
iv. Out-of-Body Experiences
v. “Dear Family...”—Your Wishes
Dr. Taylor, an educator and a Bible teacher, serves the Lord in North Carolina where he lives with his wife, Patricia Anne, and their three boys.