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I shall not die, but live

By Douglas Taylor
August 2017 | Review by Bob Davey
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
  • ISBN: 978-1-84871-711-4
  • Pages: 332
  • Price: 13.00
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In May 2011, Douglas Taylor was diagnosed with terminal cancer. From 7 June 2011 until 8 May 2014, he launched into a personal mission for the Saviour he loved. He began a blog to encourage those who knew that the remainder of their lives would be short. His vibrant faith in the Saviour, whom he knew so well, is shared with us in a selection of 247 short blog posts, which are full of gospel comfort.

The short meditations in this compendium are never repetitious and always fresh. They exemplify a humble soul preparing to meet his Saviour. There is rich variety in the short, apt quotations from Scripture, Christian writers from all epochs and evangelical hymns.

Taylor also shares the various mental states caused by his liver cancer and prescribed drugs. His counsel is down-to-earth and wise.

Banner of Truth is to be commended for publishing this valuable devotional book in a form ideal for daily readings. It would also be a kindly gift to a non-Christian friend who knows that they are nearing the end of life.

In Taylor’s own words, ‘May God show us all the one “who himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24). There is unbelievable sweetness in the sight. Let us come to God there. Let us rest there. Let us rejoice in our Saviour there. Let us feed there till our want is o’er, and till we see Christ face to face, and as he is!’

Douglas had his heart’s desire fulfilled on 2 June 2014.

Bob Davey

Looe, Cornwall

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