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Every person has his own reason to look for answers. It could be age, illness, injury, or disease of oneself or a loved one, or it could even be a worldwide pandemic. In any case, most people are incentivized at one time or another to look for a work such as The Coming Glory: Hope Now for Life After Death by Paul W. Swets. In The Coming Glory, Swets addresses the issues of grief and of how suffering can be lessened or at least better understood if a person has an understanding of what comes after this life that we know. Swets’s goal is to comfort those in the last stages of their own lives, or who are dealing with loved ones soon to journey beyond. He begins with a note to the reader, providing a summary of what is to come: “Death is not the end of the story,” he says. Then Swets walks readers through what they can do to prepare themselves spiritually for their departure. He emphasizes that God hears His people, and he encourages the reader to keep his faith to the end.
I appreciated how Swets took biblical verses I know well and put them in the context of preparing for an end to this life and for the glory to come. It is always encouraging to be reminded that it is never too late to go to God, to ask for His help and forgiveness, and to rest in His word. Swets covers topics like what happens after death, how to get ready for Christ’s return, what bodily resurrection means, how to face God’s judgment, and how to find present comfort. At the end of each chapter, he poses a series of questions designed to get the reader to think about faith and life. It seems Swets’s questions could be used and meditated upon during a personal devotional, but they could also be used to prompt larger study or support group discussions. This work is sure to be helpful to many, as Swets provides information in a personal way without confrontation or judgment. If you or someone you know is looking at end of life issues, I recommend you pick up a copy of The Coming Glory.