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Books I Recommend: Death

Death is an evil intruder in this world. Yet we believe that death, too, will die in that day when Christ returns. Here are books I recommend on the subject of death.

My own book Seasons of Sorrow was written in the aftermath of the death of my son Nick and traces my reflections in the year that followed.

Top Recommendation

The Last Enemy by Michael Wittmer.

Death will, indeed, take us all. The world will move on and we will be gone. But, of course, death is not the end which means that each of us needs to be prepared to face it and to face what comes beyond its dark door. This is what Wittmer seeks to do in this book, to prepare us to face death with hope and strength and confidence.

Other Recommendations

  • Facing the Last Enemy by Guy Prentiss Waters. This book is meant to acquaint Christians with death so they might think about it rightly and face it courageously. 
  • You Are Still a Mother by Jackie Gibson. This book was written by a mother who lost a child in utero and is meant to minister to women who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth.
  • And Then There Was One by Mary Echols. This was written by a widow and specifically for widows.
  • Memorable Loss by Karen Martin. Martin tells of the long decline and eventual death of a precious friend. This book is especially beautifully written.
  • Grieving, Hope and Solace by Al Martin. This is a moving and compassionate book in which Martin traces his own grief following the death of his wife.
  • Written in Tears by Luke Veldt. A book for all of us, whether we are grieving or whether we know people who are grieving.
  • Surprised By Suffering by R.C. Sproul. Sproul writes about a wide variety of topics relating to suffering and death, with the first half of the book looking at life leading up to death and the second half looking at life after death.
  • Safe in the Arms of God by John MacArthur. MacArthur writes about the difficult subject of children who die.