The Second Bookend: Completing a Life, by Susan S. Jorgensen

Title
The Second Bookend: Completing a Life
Author
Susan S. Jorgensen
Publisher
Applecart Press
Month and Year of Publication
November 2016
Description or summary
thesecondbookendA guide for the dying, and for their families and friends, to approach the final bookend of their lives from a place of love rather than fear. From renowned spiritual director Susan Jorgensen, a life-giving dialogue about death as an experience both necessary and natural. Written as the author completed her own journey toward death, it’s woven with honesty, compassion, humor, and a deep spirituality that embraces all faith traditions.

Praise for The Second Bookend:
Jorgensen’s experience of living while dying challenges us to respond more deeply to mysterious and beautiful questions. Quietly overwhelmed by her raw spiritual honesty, one feels at once an intruder and a welcome guest. Only later do we realize that we’ve met God in a new and yet unsurprising place. —Mark Mossa, S.J., author of Already There: Letting God Find You

Jorgensen’s final work is a graceful invitation to embrace life and all that comes with it. I found myself touched and challenged and thoroughly entranced. —C. K. Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and author Barnabas vs. Paul: To Encourage or Confront

Boldly and frankly engages the sacred topic of death, teaching us to truly listen and reminding us that love, at the heart of grief, is stronger than death. —Josephine Hicks, author of If There’s Anything I Can Do: What You Can Do When Serious Illness Strikes

With fierce tenderness and riveting honesty, Susan challenges us to re-imagine our death as a necessary and natural. An intense personal narrative of the dying process. —Mary C. Earle, author of Julian of Norwich: Selections from Revelations of Divine Love

About the Author:
Susan Jorgensen, a spiritual director for a quarter-century, was founding editor of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. She was the author of many books on spirituality, including the international bestseller Knitting Into the Mystery: A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Ministry. Susan died in December 2014.

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