Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care By Kathryn Butler, MD cover image
Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care By Kathryn Butler, MD cover image
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Book Details
  • 224 Pages
  • Publisher : Crossway Books
  • Publication Date : April 2019

Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-Of-Life Medical Care

Butler, Kathryn

Modern medical advances save countless lives. But for all their merits, sophisticated technologies have created a daunting new challenge, namely a blurring of the expanse between life and death. The dying process is often hidden behind a complex web of medical terminology, statistics, and ethical decisions, making it difficult for patients and loved ones to know how to approach the end of life in a dignity-affirming, God-honoring, faith-filled way.

This book offers a distinctly Christian guide to end-of-life care. It equips readers by explaining common medical jargon, exploring biblical principles that connect to common medical situations, and offering guidance for making critical decisions. In these pages, readers will find the medical knowledge and scriptural wisdom they need to navigate this painful and confusing process with clarity, peace, and discernment.

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Table of Contents:


Part 1: Dying, but Alive in Christ

  1. Framing the Issue
  2. Wisdom Begins with the Word

Part 2: A Detailed Look at Organ-Supporting Measures

  1. Resuscitation for Cardiac Arrest  
  2. Introduction to Intensive Care
  3. Mechanical Ventilation
  4. Cardiovascular Support: Vasopressors, Inotropes, and Lines
  5. Artificially Administered Nutrition
  6. Dialysis
  7. Brain Injury

Part 3: Discernment at Life’s End

  1. Comfort Measures and Hospice
  2. Physician-Assisted Suicide
  3. Advance Care Planning
  4. Being a Voice: Surrogate Decision Making

Appendix 1: Summary Chart of Organ-Supporting Measures
Appendix 2: Sample Advance Directive
Appendix 3: Scripture Passages for Comfort
Further Reading
General Index
Scripture Index


Kathryn Butler (MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) is a trauma surgeon who is board certified in surgical critical care and served on the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. After a decade of experience in surgery, she left clinical practice in 2016 to homeschool her children. She now writes for, Christianity Today, and the Gospel Coalition blog on topics intersecting faith and medicine.