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Dying is hard on the dying.

Death is hard on the living. 


Blending medical history with personal story, writer Katy Butler explores Slow Medicine — a new, yet ancient, way to embrace dying and death. She masterfully integrates a reporter’s skill with a daughter's love and a poet's heart to share the story of her parents' long illnesses and eventual deaths. 


Of course we don’t want to die. We don’t want to say goodbye to those we love. We certainly don’t want to be the one who says to a doctor, “Enough.” In this we are not alone. . . Perhaps if we find ways to make the pathway to natural death sacred and familiar again, we will recover the courage to face our deaths. If we don’t, technological medicine at the end of life will continue to collude with our fear and ignorance and profit from it. Unless we create new rites of passage to help prepare for death long before it comes, we will remain vulnerable to the commercial exploitation of our fears and to the implied promise that death can forever be postponed. 


In the last few years, by chance and later by pursuit, I've read many books in what is known as the "End of Life" genre. The most compelling I've found are Being Mortal and God's Hotel.

Published in 2013, Knocking on Heaven's Door is now at the top of my list. Written with such skill and heart, I'm baffled this book has not received the attention it deserves. But I'm grateful to have found a handbook that reflects my heart and hope. 

In fact, I like this book so much I'm giving it away! No tricks or gimmicks. Just provide your name and contact email in the comment section (for blog readers) or by email (for blog-by-email readers).

I'll close my eyes and draw one lucky name on Sunday, September 3, 2017. 


Reader Comments (14)

I just ordered this book from Amazon because I'd love to see it go to another reader who may need it more than me.

Drew, your generous heart reveals you always as how I want to be when I grow up.

Thank you for giving this book to someone who will find peace and learning in it!

August 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAuburn McCanta

I've read both of the other books you mention, each different. I especially liked 'God's Hotel'.

Always pleased to have another recommendation.

August 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

I of course have to enter:).

Thanks for the opportunity.


Lisa Carnochan

August 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Thanks very much.

August 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarguerite O'Connor

Thanks Drew, for your always graceful interactions with the world.

I'm at c.g.clerico@gmail.com. I'm no longer in your area, however, so if that makes a difference, you needn't include me in the drawing.

August 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCristina

Cristina - So nice to "see" you here. This is a great book; I think you'll like it. And I'm happy to ship this good book anywhere IN THE WORLD (that's how much I like it). :)

August 27, 2017 | Registered CommenterDrew

Lisa - I think this book will really resonate. Good luck!

Marguerite- Welcome! Thanks so much for reading & responding.

Maureen - You are so well-read. This one is definitely worth adding to your library.

Auburn - You are such a gem. Thank you for being here, and there, and in my life.

August 27, 2017 | Registered CommenterDrew

I would love the chance to win the book. Thank you.

August 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

I am so glad you liked this one, and I'm glad to see it going out in the world through your giveaway. I wish it had gotten more attention too!

Thank you, Kim, for suggesting this book to me. I have gathered so many great books from you and your blog: http://www.sophisticateddorkiness.com

Together we'll the spread the word on unsung gems!

August 31, 2017 | Registered CommenterDrew

In the nick of time. I read this blog entry before but forgot to enter. This sounds like a wonderful book, Drew. Thanks for that. Take care.

September 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZia

Hi Zia! So nice to see you here.

September 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterDrew

Another great book is WHERE MEMORIES GO by Sally Magnusson.

September 6, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterconnie

HI Connie.
That title is new to me. I'll look it up. Thank you!

September 7, 2017 | Registered CommenterDrew

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