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On Our Way Home: Courage and Faith for the Final Journey [Paperback]

By Bob Herhold (Author)
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The author of this little book was a self-described 79-year-old geezer who, like Paul Newman, wondered how he would do the dying thing. After doctors have probed and prescribed and made us feel like volunteers for medical research, we often need to take a deep breath and make sense of things. In On Our Way Home Bob Herhold tells instructive, inspiring, and humorous stories of aging and loss, helping us to see that though life seems to be flying by, we can make every moment count by dancing lightly with God. Herhold's stories encourage us as we face life's most democratic event-death-by demonstrating that When we have fewer answers, we may have more faith We can learn to forgive others, ourselves, and-are you ready for this?-even God (for giving us the gift of so much freedom!) It is not how we keep the faith, but how the faith keeps us It is not necessary to distinguish daily prayer from daily existence Dying, though it is the last thing we do, teaches us so much about living We probably do not have enough faith to be an atheist Life offers hints that after we die, the dance still goes on In this collection of thoughtful and concise reflections, Pastor Bob Herhold considers the meaning and challenges of living life to the end. From fear of death to the delights of old age, Herhold challenges us to honestly face what each of our lives offer with the faith that death itself brings hope. With an eye that peers beyond the horizon and a steady belief in taking each step at a time, Bob Herhold walks with us into the future with kindness, assurance, and a wit to humble Death itself.

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The author of this little book was a self-described 79-year-old geezer who, like Paul Newman, wondered how he would do the dying thing. After doctors have probed and prescribed and made us feel like volunteers for medical research, we often need to take a deep breath and make sense of things. In On Our Way Home Bob Herhold tells instructive, inspiring, and humorous stories of aging and loss, helping us to see that though life seems to be flying by, we can make every moment count by dancing lightly with God. Herhold s stories encourage us as we face life s most democratic event death by demonstrating that When we have fewer answers, we may have more faith We can learn to forgive others, ourselves, and are you ready for this? even God (for giving us the gift of so much freedom ) It is not how we keep the faith, but how the faith keeps us It is not necessary to distinguish daily prayer from daily existence Dying, though it is the last thing we do, teaches us so much about living We probably do not have enough faith to be an atheist Life offers hints that after we die, the dance still goes on In this collection of thoughtful and concise reflections, Pastor Bob Herhold considers the meaning and challenges of living life to the end. From fear of death to the delights of old age, Herhold challenges us to honestly face what each of our lives offer with the faith that death itself brings hope. With an eye that peers beyond the horizon and a steady belief in taking each step at a time, Bob Herhold walks with us into the future with kindness, assurance, and a wit to humble Death itself."

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Item Specifications...


Studio: Cowley Publications
Pages   100
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.08" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.31 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2006
Publisher   Cowley Publications
ISBN  1561012432  
ISBN13  9781561012435  


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More About Bob Herhold


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bob Herhold was a clergyman, an award-winning journalist, author, and playwright. He was a Lutheran pastor who served churches in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and California. An early advocate of racial integration, Herhold participated in the famed civil rights march in Selma, Alabama in 1965 and was known for his outspoken views on social justice. He was the father of four and the grandfather of ten. He lived in Palo Alto, California with Muriel, his wife of 57 years. Herhold died on April 18, 2006 at the age of 81, just weeks after the publication of his book On Our Way Home: Courage and Faith for the Final Journey.

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Very thought provoking  May 17, 2006
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (5/06)

Not often do I enjoy reading a book concerning death. In "On Our Way Home," Pastor Bob Herhold easily discusses a subject we would all like to avoid making this discussion interesting and painless.

The author uses short, mostly humorous stories to lead us through the aging process to the inevitable, Death. We cannot avoid death; it is part of God's plan. Death is not an ending but a beginning. As, Pastor Bob discusses his brother's death, he expresses his pain and yet his hope. He honestly states that we all fear death. We fear the unknown.

I found myself marking several passages: "personal memorial, the impression we leave with people, is the most enduring kind, one that requires some sacrifice on our part" "You can always allow yourself to take risks because you just know that the Lord will not allow you to sink so far that your can't swim." "Prayer is seeing others as God sees them." are just a few of the insights that struck me.

Long after I laid this one down, I found myself thinking about it. This book offers hope and insight on a subject we'd all like to ignore.
 
You'll like it!  Mar 30, 2006
Pastor Bob Herhold was educated at the University of Minnesota, Yale Divinity School, Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the Chicago Divinity School. Following his formal education, Pastor Herhold received the remainder of his education by living and savoring life.

Now in his eighties, Pastor Herhold, author of On Our Way Home: Courage and Faith for the Final Journey considers how he will "do the dying thing." Like most of us, he has been touched by the death of friends, family members and parishioners. But unlike many of us, he has studied death, much like a student searching for the best way.

Pastor Herhold's desire is to make the most of life by "dancing lightly with God." His stories will enlighten, inspire and encourage the reader as they consider how they will "do the dying thing."

My favorite thought is about baseball great Jackie Robinson's 1952 visit to Herhold's church. It is the ending of the story that is so important. Herhold believes Robinson did not know the word "defeat" and in death, we don't have to be defeated. Herhold says, "None of us beat death, but because of Jesus we can steal home." Now that's a comforting and empowering thought!

The author's thoughts are simple but profound and I found myself considering life and death in a new way.

Armchair Interviews says: While the stories will inspire the reader, it is Herhold's personal take on life and death that will garner the reader's attention.






 

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