“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 M.D. is a heart-rending book. Part, memoir, part odyssey, “I’ve Seen the End of You,” follows the lives and deaths of Dr. Warren’s patients. Dr. Warren shares the deep struggle he has faced countless times as a man of science and a man of deep faith. Why do we pray for people who, medically speaking, don’t have a chance? How do we continue to worship God, when our lives are falling apart and we are in the depths of grief?
For me, “I’ve Seen the End of You,” was difficult,
…yet essential to read. As someone who recently lost my husband, many times, I set it down to cry and ponder the honesty of Dr. Warren’s questions. The answers to his questions came to him over time; hard-earned wisdom accrued by great personal loss. He doesn’t give platitudes that are of no use to anyone. He gives the raw truth and with it he gives hope. One question that was posed to Dr. Warren stopped me cold. “You think your prayers are only valid if the outcome is what you want?” Wow! That’s a perspective changer!
Although this book is non-fiction, it has been written with the skill of a fiction writer, pulling you through the tapestry on the thread of Dr. Warren’s life and work. It is amazing how the lives of his patients affected him, personally, and how he changed their lives.
“I’ve Seen the End of You” Pulls back the curtain.
I also found the behind the scenes peek into a doctor’s life in, “I’ve Seen the End of You,” fascinating. My husband had stage IV lung cancer for 6 ½ years before he died and we often wondered how doctors do it. How do they shut it all off when they go home at night? Do they think about the patient they have just diagnosed with a terminal illness? I often wonder about the first doctor who looked at me and said, “I can’t tell you exactly what it is, but I can tell you that it’s serious.”
I recommend “I’ve Seen the End of You” to anyone. It will especially appeal to people living with cancer, people in grief, and those who grapple with issues of faith. Right now it’s available for preorder. Grab your copy now! It will be released on January 7, 2020.
I give “I’ve Seen the End of You” 5 big Stars!
Thank you to WaterBrook & Multnomah and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this “I’ve Seen the End of You” in exchange for an honest review.”
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I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at Amazon.com:
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