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Book Notes: Chasing Daylight by Eugene O’Kelly

As a pastor I think a lot about death, probably more than the average person just because I am faced with the funerals of the ones I serve in ministry. I have found it to be something that brings some satisfaction to the world in which we live. That may not make a lot os sense to you, let me try to explain.

We live in a sin cursed world, one in which we in the end lose all the ones that we love through death, or they lose us. No matter how much you are worth in terms of worldly goods, no matter how famous you are, no matter, every person will die eventually.  This is the worst curse to ever be experienced in my opinion. No matter what we do, we die. I am one that believes it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved before. I am likewise one that believes it is better to have lived this life than not to have lived at all. Why? Because as a believer in Jesus Christ, I believe that we will live for eternity with the ones that we love and the one we love, our Creator.

The problem is, we are taught from an early age that we shouldn’t talk about death, that we should avoid it at all cost. We struggle at what age we should allow our children to actually attend a funeral and see a dead body. But, the Bible teaches us that physical death here in this life is not the end and that we should be facing reality and teaching our children to do the same thing. Yes death is tragic, yes death is horrible, yes death stinks and I hate it with everything in me, but we will live again.

One man’s knowledge of his soon death, at a too young age is what this book is all about. “Chasing Daylight”

I picked this book up at the suggestion of a friend in ministry and I am glad I read it. It is not the best book ever but it is thought provoking and something that every person needs to consider while we can, our death. The book is the story of how a prominent business man who was on top of the world one day found the world to have rolled over on him. He decided to take his death seriously and to let the people whom he loved know that he was at peace with is untimely death and that they could be too.

There is not a lot of spiritual content to the book and even some things that cause one to wonder exactly what this man believed about heaven and eternity, we are told he believed in God and that he was going to heaven.

The greatest benefit I see in this book is that it should help us to get prepared to die well. As Christians we have eternity to live, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain by preparing those we love to understand that we know where we are headed and that we will see them again.

4 of 5 stars, I don’t think you can go wrong by reading this one.



September 6, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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