I have some sad news to report. Crossway Books, in a routine culling of the old to make room for the new, has decided not to reprint Sunsets, which is about to celebrate its 12th birthday. They printed 4,000 books initially. Only 17 copies remained, which they have shipped to me. So though you may be able to find random copies of it out there, officially, I have the only 17 copies left of this book. The reasons that caused me to write it initially still exist. It grieves me that people will no longer have access to this helpful guide.
I have decided, when I’m finished with my current project, to revise and condense the information in Sunsets and republish it as soon as I possibly can. The information is still relevant, and can be of significant value to others traveling this road. I’ll keep you informed when I finish it. So hopefully, the Lord will leave me here on this earth long enough to provide this help and comfort for the ones who need it.
Sunsets: Reflections for Life’s Final Journey began as a labor of love–an attempt to help people deal with the difficult issues surrounding the end of life. I wanted to put this information into the maximum number of hands because, well, death will affect each one of us and is, therefore, universally relevant! Though I wrote it within the specific confines of the subject of death and dying, the content of this book can easily be applied to any event that threatens to break your heart. This book is for all who have asked themselves, “Where is God in all of this?” or “What did I do to deserve this?” But it is also for those who want to discover ways to comfort and help a loved one who is experiencing this lonesome journey. It is for those who find comfort in the promises of God.
The organization of Sunsets serves as the framework of the book. Each chapter begins with a fictional account of a man diagnosed with cancer in Chapter 1. In subsequent chapters, he’s a little further progressed in his illness, dealing with specific issues that pertain to the theme of the chapter. Each chapter also includes a Case Study. The Case Studies are all true stories. All the names have been changed to protect patient confidentiality with the exception of the study in Chapter 4. (I used real names in that one at the family’s request.) In the body of the book, the reader will find both spiritual food for thought, comfort, and practical information regarding the physical and nursing implications of the dying process.
I love this book, not just because I wrote it but because of the truth it contains. My brother, John, was diagnosed with cancer about the time I was working on my final rewrite. His illness caught my family by surprise. As I worked through the book, I found it ministering to my own heart, reminding me of the precious truths that kept me from despair. No, it didn’t stop the heartbreak over John’s illness and death, but my spirit was refreshed because my mind was already saturated with the promises God gave us in the Bible. They became a salve for my own bruised heart and served to strengthen my belief that these truths do serve to comfort the hurting. From the comments I’ve received from readers all over the country, God seems to be working through the humble vessel of Sunsets: Reflections for Life’s Final Journey. If you’re one of those who are suffering loss, may you find comfort and restoration in this book and may it point you toward our Savior, Jesus Christ.
This book was released in February 2005 by Crossway Books.