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If you knew you had only a few years to live, how would you use that time? Would you allow despair to overwhelm you or would you find a way to still have a life? How could you keep the fear of death from ruining the days you had left?

Many people have considered these questions in theory, but when Dave Chilcoat was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a fatal illness for which there is no treatment and no cure, he had to face them in reality.

The day he received his diagnosis Dave began writing a journal. Soon, to keep family and friends updated on his condition, he posted his journal online. He wrote weekly for nearly three years and his chronicle was read by tens of thousands around the world.

This book is the heart of that journal, the living account of an ordinary man who faced death with a unique brand of humor, an unshakable faith in God’s goodness and grace, and a heart open to God’s purposes.



Words of Praise...

"Dave and Beth Chilcoat are two of my all time heroes. When Dave was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), he and Beth faced this debilitating and deadly disease with faith, courage, perseverance, and yes... humor. This is the story of their life together, and of Dave's death, as told through Dave's journal - a story no one will want to miss. Through it all, their relationship to Jesus Christ remained pre-eminent and was the reason for the grace with which they approached life and faced death. After reading this book, you sense the truth of the Apostle Paul's words, ‘To live is Christ and to die is gain.'"

Denny Rydberg, President, Young Life


"Woven into the story of Dave Chilcoat's battle with ALS are golden threads - Scripture, humor and tenacious love between a man and a woman. Wise people everywhere will treasure this guide. What Dave proclaimed to thousands in life, he experienced deeply in death and continues to share here: that the Gospel is the only hope for life, and death, and life again, forever."

Kelly Monroe Kullberg, author of Finding God Beyond Harvard: the Quest for Veritas, and Founder, the Veritas Forum


"Corrie ten Boom, a Christian prisoner in a Nazi death camp, once said, ‘There is no hole so deep that God's love is not deeper still.' Dave Chilcoat's hole was the devastating impact of ALS that cut him down in the prime of his life. But this remarkable journal records Dave's discovery that Jesus' love is indeed deeper still. His profound insights are applicable to all of us who want to enjoy God's love in deeper ways."

Gary DeLashmutt, Lead Pastor at Xenos Christian Fellowship, Columbus, Ohio, and author of Loving God's Way and Spiritual Relationships That Last