This poignant love story of a father for his son is at once
funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful. In it a young man teaches his
entire family "a new way to die" with wit, candor, and, always,
remarkable grace. This emotionally riveting account probes the
heart without sentimentality or self-pity.
As the book opens, Richard Lischer's son, Adam, calls to tell his
father, a professor of divinity at Duke University, that his cancer
has returned. Adam is a smart, charismatic young man with a
promising law career, and an unlikely candidate for tragedy. That
his young wife is pregnant with their first child makes the
disease's return all the more devastating. Despite the crushing
magnitude of his diagnosis and the cruel course of the illness,
Adam's growing weakness evokes in him an unexpected strength.
This is the story of one last summer and the young man who lived
it as honestly and faithfully as possible. We meet Adam in many
phases of his growing up, but always through the narrow lens of his
undying hope, when in the final season of his life he becomes his
family's (and his father's) spiritual leader. Honest in its every
dimension, "Stations of the Heart "is an unforgettable book about
life and death and the terrible blessing of saying good-bye.
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