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The Last Enemy: Preparing to Win the Fight of Your Life
Researchers continue to spend time and money looking for ways to prolong life. However, the reality of the matter remains the same—we are all going to die at some point in time. Written with creativity and honesty, The Last Enemy speaks to Christians facing death or troubled by its inevitability. It brings clarity and hope to the subject of death and dying by exploring our ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Discovery House
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I've been contemplating death a lot, lately. Maybe it's because I just turned 32, and I see my young adult life quickly passing by. Maybe it's because I'm just coming out of "the land between," that murky, vacuous space where you're confused as heck about your purpose in life. Maybe it's because a childhood neighbor friend dropped dead of a heart attack a few months ago at the age of 29 on an afternoon jog in preparation for a police officer certification program—unlike your stereotypical donut- ...more
It is something that we do not usually think about unless faced with it. Death is our last enemy. This book is for those that have been given the gift of knowing that they are going to die. A gift because they can prepare their family and reflect on their life. Death is a reminder of why Christ came and because of that, we should be thinking of it in terms of knowing our salvation, our saviour and God's redemptive plan. He starts out the book with what death really is. We have been told that dea ...more
Wittmer does an outstanding job of taking us into scripture on a journey of understanding and faith building in preparation for facing our Last Enemy, which is death. This book is very helpful for both pastor and parishioner alike. It is a good resource to provide for those who are biblically and theologically interested in walking through scripture to better understand their battle with human mortality. i found the text got better as it moved along. It begins with a solidly Baptist (surely Witt ...more
This book, The Last Enemy: Preparing to Win the Fight of Your Life, is about death but don’t let that scare you away from reading it. We may not like to think about it but death will come. This book, written by Michael Wittmer, is about learning to focus your attention on living right now for the Lord instead of living in fear of death. The author teaches that Jesus has triumphed over death and sin by dying and rising again. He stresses that if we sit and worry about the inevitable we are wastin ...more
This book is ostensibly about dying. The subtitle is "Preparing to Win the Fight of Your Life." While the book is about dying, it's really about the gospel, and how all our major issues in life are taken care of by Jesus' death and resurrection, and the promise of forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and the new creation--all of which come because of the work of Christ. It's a short book with short chapters, so it can be read quite easily--even as a devotional (one chapter per day). Wittmer writes ...more
This book was sent to me by a former bible study group teacher, from a church I quit attending after the suicide death of someone special in my life. This was 7 mos ago, but it feels like yesterday. I decided to read it, to figure out what his point was for sending it to me. Death sits heavily in my mind. My brother died a year before on the same day, same type of situation. You hear about all the suicides lately of the "stars". It affects everyone in some capacity and if it hasn't come to your ...more
Death has been on my mind lately. Not for any specific reason. Maybe because I turned 25 and I see my childhood fading behind me. Michael Wittmer writes well on the topic of death. I found myself highlighting many great points and debating on some of his thoughts of death and how others have presented their thoughts on death. This isn't a one-sided book on what death is and how we should handle it. I think of it more as a guidebook that allows you to see your life and how you will handle death w ...more
It is definitely thought-provoking. I have realized that I frequently take life for granted, and people either see death as a horrific thing or embrace it. It's difficult to keep a balance of both: we want to be afraid of death because it certainly isn't what God intended for us when He created us, but sin caused it to happen. Even though we are dying, death is now in God's control and He uses death to bring us to Heaven to spend eternity with Him! That's something to celebrate! :)
Michael Wittmer is currently Professor of Systematic Theology at GRTS in Grand Rapids, MI. He is the author of Heaven Is a Place on Earth, Don’t Stop Believing, The Last Enemy, and Despite Doubt. He and his wife, Julie, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with their three children: Avery, Landon, and Alayna.