Taylor, Douglas. I Shall Not Die, But Live: Facing Death with Gospel Hope. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2016. 360 pp. $22.00. Purchase at Westminster for less.
Douglas Taylor (1948-2014) is not a well-known name in Christendom. He did serve as Assistant Editor at the Banner of Truth Trust for 14 years. He began a blog on 7 June 2011 and wrote 651 posts with the last one published on 8 May 2014. The blog was entitled Works Worth Declaring and can still be accessed today.
Douglas Taylor died 2 June 2014 from an inoperable liver cancer. From the time of his diagnosis in June 2011, he wanted to keep a regular blog giving glory to God for what He has accomplished. In so doing, Douglas left a treasury of God-centered, Christ-exalting, Holy Spirit-empowered testimony to dying well.
While the blog is still available, this book brings together roughly 250 of the 651 published posts and offers an excellent devotional reading for any Christian seeking to meditate on the reality of life and death.
Though you might not agree with the theology or even the general perspective of the author of this resource, the reader will be challenged to better understand what living a life, even at the end of life, looks like when it is lived to the glory of God. Taylor’s eternal perspective on death is one that ought to be emulated by all Christians because Taylor’s perspective is upheld by the holy God of Scriptures.
It is easy to say this book would be an excellent resource to offer someone who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and it is definitely that, but it is so much more. This book is an excellent resource to offer to anyone, especially those who are in their 20’s and 30’s to consider the realities of death and what dying well looks like.
My prayer for a resource like this is that Douglas Taylor’s death and testimony to God’s goodness would bring sinners to salvation through the gospel of Jesus Christ and that his death would not have been in vain.