Larry Culliford, author of ‘The Psychology of Spirituality’, and, ‘Much Ado about Something: a vision of Christian maturity’.
Every word of this rich and profound account of Renz's important and valuable research with the dying rings true. Monika is a courageous and inspirational pioneer. Her challenging work is worthy of the closest attention, extending the boundaries of human wisdom where we all need to go.
Bruce L. Arnold, Ph.D., University of Calgary, Canada.
A bold ethnographic inquiry into palliative care patients' experiences of hope and grace that transcends conventional reason, language, and cultural boundaries of the ego-based self. Hope and grace are not specific states or goals but contemplative processes of belonging with recognizable qualities that can inform compassionate palliative practices.
Revd David BryantChurch Times
There is a great value for the patient in these theological musings from this music therapist, psychotherapist, and spiritual counsellor. They have the power to lift us beyond fear and pain. Renz unravels this mode of thinking. it can assist carers and medical staff, because it facilitates the work of injecting new hope and comfort into the milieu of the dying. This book is not always an easy read, owing to its academic approach to dying. But it has a positive spin. It shows that dying and the proximity of death can flow into a close relationship with God and his holy angels. That said, it could perhaps benefit from having fewer patient-related case studies and more analytic material from Renz.