Resource Corner: On Death – Timothy Keller

December 23, 2021

After several conversations with our Trinity family over the last few weeks, I wanted to get the blog back on its feet again.

Here’s why.

I love to read. I might even describe myself as a “voracious” reader. Has anyone else ever described themselves as a “voracious” anything else? And after talking to some of you, it seems like it would be beneficial if I shared some of the books and other resources that I’ve found really quite helpful. As always, we’ll fire some bullets and see if they hit the mark. With that in mind, I hope this is useful. 

They won’t be comprehensive reviews by any means; maybe just helpful quotes and an explanation behind the nudge in that general direction.

At Trinity, along with the rest of the world, we’re approaching the end of a challenging year. To be honest, that feels like an understatement. Our church family has felt the weight of heavy grief in the last few months. Actually, I think many of us are still feeling it. That’s why the first book I want to recommend to you is On Death by Timothy Keller.  

Keller calls death the Great Interruption, the Great Schism, and the Great Insult (p.1). He explores the secular culture in which we live and why our secular world has created the illusion that death, the great unmentionable reality, can be avoided indefinitely. In this short but astonishingly good book, he leads us to find comfort and hope in the Gospel and the biblical truth in which it is surrounded. If you’re familiar with the author, it has all the hallmarks of a classic Timothy Keller book: it’s sensitive, Gospel-centered, accessible, and full of rich wisdom on a subject we don’t often talk about enough. 

I found this book hugely helpful. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone in our church family as we navigate this long road together.

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