The beauty of Connie's book is that it's her journal-her raw emotions, fears, and hopes-in the midst of her suffering. And, therefore, it's a companion for anyone who is suffering because it remembers the dark times-and the hope we can have in them.
Bethany L. Jenkins, Director of Every Square Inch, The Gospel Coalition and Director of Vocational & Career Development, The King?s College, New York City, New York
There is a long Christian tradition that has encouraged believers to spend time preparing for the realities of death. This is not a morbid impulse, but rather a wise attempt to finish well and faithfully. Drawing on scripture, insights from psychology, and theological truths, Tim Sisemore's book gently guides readers through the complexity of dealing with death, grief, hope, and promise. In these pages many will find real comfort and strength.
Kelly M. Kapic, Author of Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering and Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Written in an informal tone, sometimes even preserving some of the verbiage and quirks of an online journal, this is an honest, urgent, encouraging account of loss and gain. I'm so glad I read it.
Tim Challies, Blogger at www.challies.com
As I read each chapter I wished I had this book decades ago as a young pastor, ministering to the dying. I wished I had this book when my younger brother and father died. There is rich wisdom in these pages that echo wisdom from ages past when dying and death could not be easily avoided. Most importantly, this wisdom is grounded in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Read Tim's book on death. It will make you more alive.
Timothy S. Lane, President, Institute for Pastoral Care
Connie Dever's book He Will Hold Me Fast is honest, penetrating and deeply moving. I love the way she weaves Bible passages and quotations through her story.
Elizabeth Catherwood, Eldest daughter of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The blogposts of Connie Dever are the stuff of a spiritual classic ... her sparkling honesty testifies, through the tears, that "He will hold me fast."
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
Reading Connie's spiritual diary-like posts through this relentless journey helped me personally and pastorally. They helped me process some of my own struggles and they helped me understand those I serve, especially in their often-hidden battles of the heart.