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I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

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This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science--and between death and hope--as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Dr. W. Lee Warren, a practicing brain surgeon, assumed he knew most outcomes for people with glioblastoma, head injuries, and other health-care problems. Yet even as
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Waterbrook Press
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Ruthy lavin
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A very interesting insight into the life of an eminent brain surgeon.
As an agnostic, there were many religious references, thoughts and quotes that I wish I could have skipped, although the importance of Christianity in the Drs life is very endearing to read about.
This book is frank and honest, brutally sobering and really forced me to remember that none of us are immortal.
Pamela Donaldson
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where to even begin? I had this book in my TBR pile for a while and kept putting it off, what a mistake that was. This was a truly unforgettable book. Honest, thought provoking, heart breaking, gut wrenching and down right cruel at times but left me feeling lighter and with a much more positive outlook.

I suppose this is when I state that I am a staunch atheist. I've always been very strong with my feelings and almost dismissive of those with faith. This book truly opened my eyes. Whilst I am
Nathan Albright
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge-2019
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Multnomah/Waterbrook Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

In the process of reading this book, I realized that the title of the book was far darker than I had thought it to be before starting it. Over and over again in this book, the author reflects upon his knowledge of a particular type of brain tumor, glioblastoma, with a very typical pattern of recurrence and infliction of horrible suffering before (nearly) certain death within a few
Randy Tramp
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dr. W. Lee Warren, a practicing brain surgeon, recounts medical stories. It contains tangible hope for those suffering. God can offer you a new outlook, a new beginning.

I loved this book. The scenes were detailed as I got a first-hand look at the examination of a patient. The brain is amazing and Warren brings this out. There were funny sections, serious scenes, and life-changing advice. It brought me face to face with reality. It's sobering when a person has to face their mortality. I've Seen
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've seen the end of you by W. Lee Warren, M
A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know.
I’ve never read a book like this. This book was so well written and with such honesty. I had a lot to think about when I finished the book and it stayed in my head for days. I’ve had to call people up and tell them they need to read it!
The chapter Voices was so enlightening for me. His conversation with Pastor Jo, his many conversations with Pastor Jo were so thought provoking for
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Few books have touched me in the way that Dr. W. Lee Warren's powerful memoir, I've Seen the End of You has. His accounts of his journey as a neurosurgeon, treating various forms of cancer, head injuries and other health problems illustrated just how tenuous life is and how important it is to appreciate each day.
I received Dr. Warren's book from Waterbrook & Multnomah as part of the launch team for an honest review.
Warren shares many of his patients' stories throughout his book. Each one
Jeff Klick
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It isn’t brain surgery is a famous saying. In the case of I’ve Seen the End of You, it is. Dr. W. Lee Warren has penned an excellent, thought-provoking book centered around brain cancer. Though not my first choice of topic, the author grapples with not only life and death issues within the brain but eternal.

Writing from a unique position, this surgeon shares the real-life struggles of patients dying and finding real-life even in the midst of tragedy. Even beyond the brain tumor stories, we are
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Warren is a brain surgeon and a man of faith. He shares his struggles of seeing so many with brain tumors (glioblastoma) and a hopeless prognosis while believing in a God who can heal but most often does not.

Warren shares many of his experiences with patients, changing names to protect their memory. There is the good guy with the tumor so extensive there is no remedy. It will kill him. There is the bad guy whose tumor was found and operated on and will live another day. There is Warren's own
I’ve Seen the end Of You is an inspirational memoir by author W. Lee Warren, M.D. Dr. Warren is a Neurosurgeon who takes a look at faith, doubt, and the things we think we know.

While reading this memoir I learned about a fatal cancer that attacks the brain ~ Glioblastoma Multiforme. It is almost always fatal. This must be one of the hardest brain surgeries to do. The book’s main objective is to inform.

The book is organized into three parts. Part One is the longest and focuses on the fatal tumor.
Traci Rhoades
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a brain surgeon, Dr. Warren stares death in the face on a regular basis. As a man of faith, how can he continue to find God among all the terminal diagnoses? Readers experience part of Dr. Warren's story and those of some of his patients as well. We all handle tragic news differently. An excellent read.
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Greta (Upcloseandbookish)
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding and unforgettable book. A book on hope, loss of hope, faith, life and death. It is such an honest and raw memoir of Doctor W. Lee Warren, a neurosurgeon, that will take your breath away . I highly suggest it for people in grief especially if they are in the stage where they question their faith in God. Although the whole book is very powerful, the last chapters are remarkable.

A personal note to the author's wife, Lisa: Thank you for insisting that he should write this book. Your
Conrade Yap
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What do you do with a tumour that has a 100% fatality rate? How do we cope with situations where there is no more hope for survival? Hope is one of the most cherished and necessary virtues for life. With hope, we can still grind through life. Without hope, it is a completely different story. He writes his experiences with patients, family, and loved ones with regard to life, faith, doubt, pain, gratitude, and hope. In a book that reads like a personal memoir, author and neurosurgeon, Dr Lee ...more
Neriah Samraksha
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is the only review that I am struggling to write. So apologies for the delayed review.

I remember how I wanted to extend my reading comfort zone and started exploring the 'Biographies and Memoirs' section. I came across this book and I instantly requested it. I didn't know then how intense this book will be and the impact it will have on me.

Every page turn turned out to be the moment where I just had to lay down my phone aside even though my brain constantly told me to continue reading. It
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I first received the opportunity to read Dr. Warren's book, I was intrigued and honestly did not know what to expect. I was curious, to say the least and actually interested in how a neurosurgeon would look at life and death in light of Christ and eternity. And of course, I cannot help but be influenced by the various stereotypes and media, read - televisions shows, that color my personal perceptions of doctors and neurosurgeons in general.

All I can say is, "wow". When I began reading Dr.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt and the Things We Think We Know.
BY: W. Lee Warren

This non-fiction account had some very interesting insights into how people differ in their attitudes towards God, if in fact they believe in him, how some people grapple with faith or doubt when facing death themselves or that of a loved one. W. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who for most of this book talks about different cases he has treated his patients with glioblastoma multiforme,
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I don't know why I requested an ARC copy of this book because there are two categories of books that I often avoid: nonfiction and religious genres. I love nonfiction books, but they usually take me a few months to read and I don't enjoy them the way I enjoy reading fiction.

This book took me less than 3 days. I couldn't sleep because I had to read more. And then once I finished reading it, I would wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it. This book goes over so many topics: outlook
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A memoir of a neurosurgeon’s journey of stitching together his faith in God, his doubts, and all the things he thought he know from his experiences as a surgeon in a war zone, his medical practice in Alabama, and his own personal tragedy. The book describes, “What happens when our messy lives mess what we think we believe”. It is not an easy read but it is so worth reading.

For three fourths of the book, the author gives insights into a handful of his patients and their personal journeys and how
Aurelia Mast-glick
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know.

Glioblastoma has a 100% mortality rate or does it? There are those few unique cases, but mostly when Dr. Warren sees that tumor, he used to think, "I've seen the end of you." He knows how the disease is going to play out, what is going to happen and the ultimate result of that diagnosis. But now, at the end of the book, he realizes there is more to the story and maybe this is just the beginning.

Dr. Warren is a Christian and a
Debbie Smith
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warren, a Neurological Surgeon, brings together bits and pieces of stories regarding his patients, along with his own personal struggles.

Many of the patients in this book face a rare cancerous tumor that develops in the brain. Glioblastomas come with a hopeless prognosis. Yet, many people continue to have faith and turn to prayer.

Dr. Warren, who is also a Christian, believes strongly in prayer as well. But he faces some conflicting thoughts since he deals with death and statistics daily. He
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The subtitle of this book is “A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know.” This is an accurate description of the book as you read about his patients who are those dealing mainly with the diagnosis of a glioblastoma. Initially it was difficult for me to continue reading this book because my father died as a result of a glioblastoma 40 years ago. It brought back his journey through the diagnosis and his death 18 months later. However, the main point of the book is not ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've Seen the End of You is a fascinating look into the life and faith of a neurosurgeon, US Army veteran, writer, husband and father. Obviously he is a brilliant man, but like most of us ordinary folk, has had struggles and trials in both his work and his personal life. This book tells not only his story, but the stories of several of his patients, all diagnosed with brain cancer or other brain trauma.

In the Prologue, Dr. Warren summarizes the book so well: "I used to look at my patients'
Nadine Keels
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Dr. W. Lee Warren, an Iraq War veteran and practicing brain surgeon, has struggled with how to give hope to his brain cancer and head injury patients after looking at their grave test results and thinking, "I've seen the end of you." Dr. Warren combines several of his patients' medical stories with a stretch of his own tough journey of faith in his memoir, I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know.

When approaching a hard, tragic read like
Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)
I thought this was a great book. I don't read very many non fiction book. My friend Jocelyn Green recommended this book and I was immediately intrigued. I had recently had brain aneurysm surgery to put a stent in. It all went well. The whole surgery process and how the brain works fascinated me.
In this book, Dr Warren talks about glioblastoma- a fatal brain tumor. He shares the stories of several of his patients with this tumor. He knows what will happen but how does faith work when the outcome
Anne Rightler
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've Seen the End of You is a heart-wrenching and powerful account of a neurosurgeon's journey to find a balance between faith and doubt. It is a story about the faith he has known and the doubts that emerged through war, disease, and the sorrow of a personal loss. It is a well-written memoir-type book that is easy to read in the sense of understanding the text. Yet, it was often emotional and thought-provoking. I had to pause numerous times to ponder what my responses would be to the people and ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Neurosurgeon Faces the Ravages of Death and The Renewal of Hope

Dr. W. Lee Warren is an Iraqi War veteran, a neurosurgeon, and a man of faith. Dealing on a day-to-day basis with the tragedy of people diagnosed with the virulent brain tumor, gioblastoma, he sadly thought, “I’ve seen the end of you”, when an MRI showed the presence of the deadly tumor he knew it would change their lives.

This book is filled with the stories of people who were diagnosed with gioblastoma. Some had very short lives,
Cheri Swalwell
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve Seen the End of You, written by W. Lee Warren, is an amazing book. I picked it up planning to read it throughout a week, maybe longer and I found I couldn’t put it down. While parts of it literally broke my heart, the book itself was so encouraging, inspiring and full of hope. I couldn’t stop thinking about Samuel, the Changs (and the priceless gift they gave to Dr. Warren out of the overflow of the gift their father/husband/son gave to them), and Joey. Their stories impacted me strongly as ...more
Jacob Marriott
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't give this book enough stars. It took me a minute to start because I received this book at a very hectic time, but I started reading and couldn't put it down. In the midst of two days where I had a few hours to read, I finished the book. In this book Dr. Lee Warren, a neurosurgeon, takes you through his journey through a crisis of faith. I work in a hospital and when medical terms and conditions are explained to me in very dumbed down ways, I find them very interesting. So to hear the ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've Seen the End of You, A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know by author Dr. W. Lee Warren, MD is a remarkable book. This 272 page book about death, God, and dying is extremely well written. I found myself totally spellbound by the honesty and transparency of it.

In his book, author Warren made me ponder, cry, and become inspired. He beautifully shares stories of patients and faith in a style that is engrossing. It is a hard book to put down and sometimes
Steph Cherry
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was going to be more about diseases of the brain. I thought it could help me to understand things going on within the minds of my family members. What I found was something I could barely put down. This is a book about a neurosurgeon who struggled with faith and prayer as he performed surgery on tumors that were almost always fatal. His honesty is compelling.

Let me be honest. If you like nerdy scientific information about the brain and your heart being ripped out by story,
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W. Lee Warren, MD is an author, neurosurgeon, and Iraq War veteran.

His last book, No Place to Hide, was named to the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff's Recommended Reading List.

Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club, the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine.

Dr. Warren practices neurosurgery at The Wyoming Medical Center. He plays the guitar and loves

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