Item description for Last Light by Harold Burchett & Robertson McQuilkin...
Overview Particularly helpful for spouses of Alzheimer's patients, this personal narrative provides guidance for managing self-pity, suggests 40 hints for caregivers, demonstrates how the love between a devoted husband and wife can become deeper and more profound, and more.
Publishers Description "By the mercy of God, my intense involvement with Jane's Alzheimer's disease has not squeezed life out of me. It has squeezed life in."--author Harold Burchett, in Last Light. In 1998, Harold Burchett's life changed drastically. After almost half a century serving as a pastor and teacher, he became both homemaker and caregiver to his wife, who is battling the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's--or any serious illness--is difficult and painful. In Last Light, Burchett shares his story, weaving hope, spiritual inspiration, and practical suggestions with his personal narrative. Particularly helpful for spouses of Alzheimer's patients, this book: Demonstrates how the love between a devoted husband and wife can become deeper and more profound. Offers a look at "a day in the life of Harold and Jane" for a candid description of the extreme highs and lows that accompany Alzheimer's Provides guidance for managing self-pity, giving continually without view of repayment, and turning miseries into the joy of answered prayer .Suggests 40 hints for caregivers, from using nail clippers to expressing empathy to handling the patient's resistance. Written with tenderness, honesty, and appropriate humor, Last Light is an excellent source of encouragement for those walking through the struggles of any intense trial.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2002
Publisher NavPress Publishing Group
ISBN 1576832988 ISBN13 9781576832981
Reviews - What do customers think about Last Light?
Touching and humorous Mar 15, 2007
Last Light is a touching story of a man who, filled with the love of God and with Christ's example, chose to love his wife and to serve her despite the horrible advance of Alzheimer's disease. Burchett describes the stark realities of the pain of this relationship as he watches the witty woman that he loves decline into confusion. He is often humorous in a good natured way. I know this man personally. He is a great encouragement and a wonderful, truthful example of love and the power of Christ to transform life and life's dark trials.
Paragon of Virtue Feb 14, 2003
I read the book for the individual instances when he was describing exactly what it was like dealing with a person with Alzheimer's. For that part of it I give it an A, although more details about initial difficulties would have been great also. I had to skip over the parts regarding bible text, it didn't make sense, and didn't seem to be in context. He couldn't make up his mind if the book was to be about Alzheimer's or his personal struggle with dealing with the end of life as he knew it. I kept thinking, if only he had just let her be, quit trying to make her dress / bathe / socialize / etc... that his life would have been a lot less stressful. But I realize that he is from the generation when you do what you think is right, what you have been taught your whole life is right. I am grateful that he wrote the book, and allowed the public to glimpse his personal horror. THANKS Harold, and God Bless.
Profound Yet Practical May 23, 2002
The author of this book has invited us deep into his inner life as he wrestles with the intensely painful experience of losing his wife to Alzheimer's. Those who accept the author's invitation are in store for a deeply moving and significantly instructive journey. In writing Last Light Dr Burchett has departed from the style of his previous books in which he explored and analyzed various life issues. In this book he leads us on a journey through the landscape of his heart. We watch as God teaches him how to be the husband he needs to be for his ailing wife. Because the lessons are rooted in the crucible of Alzheimer's our journey takes us from such menial tasks as clipping fingernails to the poignant moment of listening to his wife's last prayer. The lessons, inextricably linked to the practical tasks of day-to-day caring for the one striken with Alzheimer's, are profound in their scope. Anyone facing trials which have no foreseeable end will find hope and help by sharing in Dr Burchett's journey. Indeed, for the one who seeks it, the very secret of experiencing vital Christianity - living every moment in communion with the risen Christ - is revealed in this book.
Deeply moving and life changing May 12, 2002
This book glows with the tender touch of a man and woman walking deep into the night of Alzheimer's and yet growing closer to one another and to their God in the process. The insights into this "dark providence" are deeply moving and profound...I found myself looking at my wife with new eyes after reading it...with deeper appreciation and love. The book is both practical and powerfully spiritual...it will make you laugh...and weep. This is not only a book for those who are going through this deep valley themselves. No, it is for every person who wants to know how to love and how to experience God's light in the midst of deep suffering.