Book Description

From the Back Cover In a day of advanced medical technology, many families will at some point be forced to face a complicated medical crisis with a loved one. All too often, these situations entail spiritual and ethical dilemmas for which most families are not prepared.Kenneth Mottram writes to better equip pastors and church leaders to minister to patients and their families in times of crisis and confusion. He provides a Christian model for ethical decision making; addresses such issues as organ donation, living wills, and withdrawing life support; offers counsel on helping patients and families face mortality; and gives practical advice on hospital visitation, prayer, and serving as advocate for the family to the medical staff.Caring for those in Crisis will fill an empty space in the literature at the intersection of pastoral care and medical ethics. From a Reformed Evangelical perspective, the author offers ethical principles illustrated by case studies for the use of the chaplain or pastor in the area of medical ethics. This book will be useful in the practical courses of any seminary and in the bibliographies for CPE programs. It should be required reading for every pastor, hospital or hospice chaplain, as well as for medical care providers. Mottram enters the health-care maze of competing values and ethical dilemmas and offers to the chaplain and pastor ethical principles in combination with categories from the Christian tradition that will bring informed counsel and the presence of God to patients and to their doctors.--Kathryn Greene-McCreight, author of Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental IllnessWritten out of the clinical experience of the author as a hospital chaplain who has sat with many families in crisis, this is an ideal introduction to hospital ministry for seminarians and lay persons.--Larry VandeCreek, author of Spiritual Care for Persons with Dementia: Fundamentals for Pastoral PracticeEvery person in crisis could use the wisdom of an experienced chaplain like Mottram. While many of us will recognize our own difficult decisions and hard times in these pages, this is a book worth reading before heading into those valleys. To those who labor amidst the thorny ethical issues that lie in wait at hospital bedsides and in physicians waiting rooms, this book will be both comfort and guide.--Lillian Daniel, senior pastor, First Congregational Church, Glen Ellyn, IL Read more About the Author Kenneth P. Mottram (DMin, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) is a health care chaplain, spirituality researcher, and Baptist minister. He has over twenty-five years of ministry experience as a congregational pastor and hospital chaplain. Mottram lives in Bozeman, Montana. Read more