"This book is an honest, searching, reflective account of how its author met the crisis of a life-changing condition, and through the resources of her religious tradition and the support of friends old and new, lived that crisis with courage and faith."
--J. Gerald Janzen, Author of At the Scent of Water: The Ground of Hope in the Book of Job
"This is not just one more book on near-death experiences. Pastor Cathy Stewart skillfully writes this book showing us how to meet God through our very own experience. The pastoral goal is not to tell an interesting story, but to instruct us how to meet and greet our experience as a revelatory text. The most satisfying teaching embodied in this book is on the value and promise of sustained listening."
--Mary Margaret Funk, Benedictine Sister, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana
"All we have are stories." Catherine Stewart's compelling story is one of anguish, vulnerability, honesty, and hope. It is also a story of healing and wholeness. Catherine serves as a guide to help us ask the all-important question of Who am I? In answering the question, she moves from despair to integrity thereby gaining in wisdom and compassion and deepening her understanding of what it means to be in relationship with self, others, and Other (the Divine). An inspiring account of a very personal journey, with relevance for all of us."
--David Kuhl, Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia; Author of What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom for the End of Life
"In contemporary bioethics, there is much talk about relational autonomy: how individuals make medical decisions within a social context. But precisely how patients do this is poorly described in the literature. A Goodness I Cannot Explain is illuminating in its close description of the complexity of medical decision-making for patients--including the influences of personal psychology, spirituality, family, and community. This book will help healthcare professionals to glimpse into the unseen struggle of patients facing terrible choices, and provide solace to those of us who, as patients, have confronted difficult choices. The book is a literary instantiation of grace. In deeply poetical language, Stewart recruits a surprisingly wide range of Christian theological resources to illustrate one woman's struggle to hear the voice of God…and in the process, to honor her own."
--Andrea Frolic, Director, Office of Clinical & Organizational Ethics, Hamilton Health Sciences; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University Medical Center