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As I Lay Dying

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Several years ago, a ruptured tumor almost killed Richard John Neuhaus. During a series of complicated operations, weeks in critical condition, and months in slow recovery, he was brought face to face with his own mortality. As he lay dying and, as it turned out, recovering, he found that despite his faith he had been quite unprepared for the experience. This book traces h ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 6th 2002 by Basic Books (first published 2002)
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Tim
Sep 07, 2009 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I lay churning in my own thoughts, Neuhaus, once a Lutheran pastor from Canada, long since a Roman Catholic theologian, advisor to bishops, and circumscriptor of the public square, recounted his close experience with death in this little book. He begins with words to live by: "We are born to die. Not that death is the purpose of our being born, but we are born toward death, and in each of our lives the work of dying is already under way. The work of dying well is, in largest part, the work of ...more
Mike
Jul 23, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a set of reflections of a prominent theologian/author who abandons his usual analytical role in favor giving us a very personal response to his fight with cancer and brush with death. He draws on a lifetime of being a parish priest and a student of literature and theology. I actually found it somewhat depressing, so beware. But after finishing the book, I'm glad I stuck with it because there are valuable insights in it for all us when we face our own death.
Buck
Mar 25, 2015 Buck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was in a hurry and mistakenly bought this instead of Faulkner. Read 10 pages and disagreed with everything he said. I could hear the phony preacher's voice projecting from the pulpit. Threw it in the rubbish receptacle at the Bahrain airport.
Jack
May 14, 2013 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely well written, very philosophical in nature. Not the NDE type of book that I was looking for.
Pixismiler
Mar 14, 2015 Pixismiler rated it it was ok
It was definitely not what I was expecting. He bounces around and it's a "little random stream of consciousness." It has a few good lines, but probably too over my head.
Nat
Jul 08, 2015 Nat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me think but also it was SUPER religious and biased. I'd recommend it for a more religious person.
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Interesting book. I was curious about his NDE and what he had to say about it.
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Richard John Neuhaus was a prominent Christian cleric (first as a Lutheran 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. He was the founder and editor of the monthly journal First Things and the author of several books, including The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in Amer ...more
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