Preparing Your Family for Eternity
By: Edward A Hartman
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Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: November 2001
Edward A. Hartman (B.S, Columbia Bible College; M.Div.,
Reformed Theological Seminary; D.Min.,
Westminster Theological Seminary/California) has been the
senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church
(PCA) in Kosciusko, Mississippi for the past seven years.
"Never do anything which you would be afraid to do were it
the last hour of your life"
Jonathan Edwards (aged 19)
While studying at Westminster Theological Seminary,
California, Edward Hartman discovered a treatise by the
Puritan William Perkins on the 'Right Manner Of Dying
Well'. This discovery was no accident, as soon after that
Ed discovered that his wife, the mother of their 4
children, had a Brain Tumour, which after 6 months of much
prayer and great heartache, proved to be terminal.
With this traumatic experience behind him, Hartman deals
with the topic of preparing your life, and the life of
those you love, for death in a practical and thoroughly
Christ-centred manner. Hartman looks at our most important
relationships, with God, with our spouses, with our family
and with those around us. He shares with us the advice of
Perkins and other Puritans, who lived in a time that had a
much healthier attitude, and much closer relationship, with
He concludes that the primary aim, of those sincerely
desiring to die well, must be to have Christ at the centre
of everything - and that true devotion to Christ comes only
through our relationship with him.
Included in the book is the full Perkins Treatise "Right
Manner of Dying Well" which became such a comfort to Edward
in a time of great trial.
"If your heart thirsts not for pious platitudes from the
complacent but for real comfort from a brother who has
faithful in the valley of death's shadow, read this
Dennis E. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Practical Theology,
Westminster Theological Seminary of California
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