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Ann Goldingay had multiple sclerosis. And, over over a period of forty-three years, that eventually left her not only wheelchair-bound but unable to swallow or speak. In this book, John Goldingay reflects on their married life together and on her remarkable life, and on what it has been like to grieve for her after her death in 2009. His account is moving, wise, challenging. It is a must-read for carers, nurses, counsellors and couples. John Goldingay is the Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. John married Kathleen Scott on 10 December 2010.
‘I can testify with certainty that there are significant riverbeds of progress and joy that wind through my soul as a result of Ann Goldingay.’ Erika Haub
‘Ann, you are helpless, vulnerable and fragile. By your very presence, you bring out those fears in me. And I realize that my world really isn’t that safe and I am not as much in control as I think I am or as I want to be. … You teach me that to be human is to live in a world that is neither perfect nor safe. You invite me to trust God and live my life in complete dependence on Him, in whom we live, move, and have our being.‘ Sol Nuñez
And When Did You Last See Ann?
Was it the last time she was able to raise her eyebrow?
Was it the last time she smiled?
Was it the last time she swallowed?
Was it the last time she laughed?
Was it the last time she said ‘John’?
Was it the last time she cried?
Was it the last time she transferred to a pew in church?
Was it the last time she signed her name?
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