On February 4, 2008, Forrest Church sent a letter to the members of his congregation, informing them that he had terminal cancer but promising to sum up his thoughts on the topics that had been so pervasive in his work-love and death-in a final book. We are proud to offer that book here. The goal of life, Reverend Church tells us, "is to live in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for." This last book in his impressive oeuvre is imbued with ideas and exemplars for achieving that goal.
"Forrest Church is one of our great prophetic intellectuals and compassionate voices."
—Cornel West, author of Race Matters
"Forrest Church is a minister to us all with this moving book on the lessons of life and death."
"Truly a gift, one that will echo in my own preaching and teaching, and in my own life as well. Like Moses gazing at the Promised Land he would not enter, Forrest Church blesses us with his eloquence, his faith, and, mostly, his love."
—Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People