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Between Living And Dying

by Ruth Scott

Biography / Autobiography Mind & Body - books to help you be better

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A gentle, thoughtful and wonderfully positive book by Reverend Ruth Scott who died in February 2019. The author became ill during the Christmas of 2016, she was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare cancer for which she was treated for the next two years with an aim to cure. Much of ‘Between Living and Dying’ was written while she was a patient receiving care, and the editing was completed just before Christmas 2018. The book contains poetry that held meaning, and her thoughts as she was treated. She says the valley of death is a thought provoking and reflective place, her illness meant she was fully in the present and this book is a peaceful meditation on life. Between Living and Dying is an emotional, honest, wonderfully inspiring read, and it is also incredibly beautiful too. 

Ruth Scott worked with Chris Evans for ten years on the ‘Pause for Thought’ section of his breakfast show. With just a few weeks left to live, while at Southampton General Hospital, Ruth spoke to Chris. Ruth wanted accept the fact she was dying and to die as naturally as possible, surrounded by her family. You can hear this meaningful and heartfelt podcast here

Liz Robinson

Between Living And Dying Synopsis

Busy and deeply absorbed in all the complexity of life, Ruth Scott's packed diary suddenly had to be cleared when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She said, `Discovering that life might be shorter than expected or hoped for concentrates the mind wonderfully. Whatever life is left to me, I do not want to waste it.' In the final months of her life, in the shadows between living and dying, she learned to live with the extremes of treatments that were as aggressive as the disease - and with daily ups and downs that created constant uncertainty. Throughout it all, Ruth creatively explored - through insight, literature, poetry and song - what life is about and how it should be lived. This book is the result. Here, she cuts through all the things in life that we waste our energies on. She explores the depth of life in ways that allow for doubt, absence and uncertainty while also making room for mystery and understanding beyond rational limitations. As she reflects on how we relate (or not) to each other, to the environment and to the `more-than-me-ness' of life, she offers real inspiration for us all.

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ISBN: 9781780276168
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781780276168
Publication date: 8th August 2019
Author: Ruth Scott
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, Mind & Body,
Categories: Spirituality & religious experience,

About Ruth Scott

Reverend Ruth Scott worked as a nurse, a midwife, a missionary, a clown magician and a journalist before she became one of the first women to be ordained in the Church of England in 1994. She regularly presented Pause for Thought and Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2, Prayer for the Day and The Moral Maze on Radio 4 as well as programmes on the World Service.

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