on 11 May 2010
As someone who is himself dying I am always interested in reading books on other people's experiences. This book is about the final days of the brave second world war bomber pilot (I know we tend to be less enthusiastic these days about such heroes as rightly we have begun to see that the victims too were also human beings) who was responsible after the war for setting up many homes caring for the sick.
Leonard Cheshire, a convert to Catholicism and dying of motor neuron disease spent his last days and weeks struggling with appaling exhaustion and the book is mainly a record of his attempt to bring to bear his sufferings and prayers for the benefits of all the homes he had set up and the eprsons residing therein. Apart from the struggle with exhaustion, there appeared to be no real spiritual struggle as Leonard had accepted the will of God. I understand him and know precisely where he is coming from - what great faith!
Practically however, this may mean that the book is less likely to be helpful for those who struggle with their fate and with faith.