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Review: I’ve Seen The End Of You

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Review: I’ve Seen The End Of You

I’ve Seen the End of You by W. Lee Warren
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: Jan 2020

I went into this book expecting to be bored silly. I NEVER do well maintaining attention in non-fiction books. It is a testament to Lee Warren that, once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. Having lost a good friend to glioblastoma multiforme, I struggled with the same questions Warren asks in his book. When you know a disease is universally fatal, how can you pray – in faith – that the person will be healed when you KNOW God’s answer is always NO?

Over and over in “I’ve Seen the End of You”, Warren introduces his patients. All come with different symptoms, different life experiences, but all have something in their brain that is attacking it. Warren wrestles almost daily with the question of why this cancer always seems to take the “good patients.” As a neurosurgeon, Warren is called in for everything from injuries to the head, to spinal cord injuries, to suspected tumors. Because of the nature of his work, he has occasion to deal with all kinds of people, and even though he is a man of faith, he struggles with how to pray for patients when he knows they’re going to die from their disease. How can he share hope of healing, when he knows there really is none for them?

As Warren shares his heart with readers, and as the hospital chaplain, Pastor Jon, speaks God’s love to him, “I’ve Seen the End of You” becomes a treasure of hope in some pretty hope-less situations. This gave me deep insight into what my friend and her pastor husband went through from her diagnosis to her death just three months later. It also showed me that, while the prayers I prayed for her felt like they were not answered – at least not in the way I wanted – they turned my heart toward God, where it should have been aimed all along.

I highly, highly recommend this book. The medical stories Warren includes are absolutely gripping, and each showcases how differently people handle impending death, and how much more grace-filled the believers are from those who do not believe in God. As I said, I didn’t expect to even be able to finish this book, but instead, I couldn’t put it down!  


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