Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ

Billings, J. Todd

What does it mean to have life in Christ when you know you’re going to die? A moving and illuminating glimpse into living with a fatal diagnosis. As an accomplished theologian, Billings addresses the daunting questions of his own mortality within the context of God’s great work of redemption. A must read for anyone seeking to understand the meaning of life and death from a Christian point of view.

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Listen to an interview of Todd Billings entitled When You Know You're Dying on the Mortification of Spin podcast.

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At the age of thirty-nine, Christian theologian Todd Billings was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable cancer. In the wake of that diagnosis, he began grappling with the hard theological questions we face in the midst of crisis: Why me? Why now? Where is God in all of this? This eloquently written book shares Billings's journey, struggle, and reflections on providence, lament, and life in Christ in light of his illness, moving beyond pat answers toward hope in God's promises. Theologically robust yet eminently practical, it engages the open questions, areas of mystery, and times of disorientation in the Christian life. Billings offers concrete examples through autobiography, cultural commentary, and stories from others, showing how our human stories of joy and grief can be incorporated into the larger biblical story of God's saving work in Christ.

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