Death teaches us how to live.
When Whitney K. Pipkin's mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she wasn't ready. How could she be? She searched for resources that could help her walk through this heavy yet sacred time in her life. But she struggled to find the guidance she longed for in a season of anticipatory grief.
We Shall All Be Changed is a companion for those experiencing the lonely season of suffering and death. In this book, Whitney reaches across the pages to hold the hand of the caregiver. Walking through death with a loved one can be incredibly isolating and unsettling. This book reminds us that we can experience God's very presence in life's dark and deep valleys. As Whitney draws from her own experience, she sheds light and hope. She shows that we are not alone. And she reveals the mysterious way that God ministers to and transforms us through death and suffering.
Beautifully honest and theologically rich, Whitney invites us to consider death so that we might understand life and how to live it.
Rather than wanting to run from discussions of death—as I did for so long—I now want to press into them, to wring from one of the hardest trials life has to offer every drop of sanctification and glory. I see now that having a front seat to my mom's final days has forever changed the ones I have left to live. —Whitney Pipkin
A book for those who are caring for the sick and dying . . . for those who will care for parents, family, or friends in their last days . . . and for those who have already walked this journey. This book is for us.
"No resource has provided more comfort and clearer insight into my own battle with grief than We Shall All Be Changed. As Whitney recounts the slow and at times agonizing journey of losing her mother, she brings clarity to both the pain and the process of watching a loved one suffer, and throughout she guides her readers directly to the God of all comfort, who enters into our grief and prepares our hearts for heaven."
—LYDIA BROWNBACK, author of several books, including the Flourish Bible Study series, and Bible teacher with a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary
"I've known Whitney for as long as her mother battled cancer. And what she offers us in We Shall All Be Changed is the insight and wisdom gained through suffering well for a long time. With honesty, transparency, and a deep love of God, Whitney invites us to lift our eyes and see the comfort of the Lord in the midst of deep grief, the goodness of the Lord in the midst of great sorrow, and the presence of the Lord in the moments of profound pain. I have no doubt that the Lord will use Whitney's story to comfort and strengthen you in yours."
—COURTNEY DOCTOR, Director of Women's Initiatives for The Gospel Coalition, Bible teacher, and author of From Garden to Glory, In View of God's Mercies, and others
"In a broken world, still riddled with the effects of sin, we all walk through seasons of suffering and pain. In my own seasons of suffering, I wish I would've had Whitney Pipkin's We Shall All Be Changed. This is a resource that is theologically rich, biblically serious, and deeply human. I am praying this book gets a wide reading as it will help all of us on our journeys of suffering by pointing us to the God who is making all things new."
—JT ENGLISH, lead pastor of Storyline Church, author of Deep Discipleship, coauthor with Jen Wilkin of You Are a Theologian, and cohost of the Knowing Faith podcast
"By God's grace, We Shall All Be Changed came to me in a season of caring for my mother, suffering from Alzheimer's. This beautifully written book gave me language both for grief and hope. As each page turned, I was reminded to look to my brokenhearted Savior and find His help in this present trouble. If you're keeping vigil, if you feel yourself wrecked by sudden or slow loss, let this book lead you through—and beyond—the valley of the shadow of death."
—JEN POLLOCK MICHEL, author of In Good Time and A Habit Called Faith
"I won't forget this book. We Shall All Be Changed is a stunningly beautiful and powerful story of caring for someone who is dying. Whitney's honesty and theological depth will ease your fears of death, either your own or that of a loved one, realizing that the journey will deepen us and that endless glory awaits."
—VANEETHA RISNER, author of Desperate for Hope and Walking Through Fire
"In prose at turns poignant, profound, and achingly beautiful, We Shall All Be Changed offers the grieving and the weary a cool cup of water. Much ink has been spilled on death and grief, but seldom do such treatises combine the vulnerability, candor, and theological rigor of Pipkin's work. She expertly weaves personal experience with careful research and biblical insight to guide the hurting on a journey toward hope and healing—on a journey toward the solace that only a Savior acquainted with grief can bring. While intended for those facing death and loss, readers in all seasons of life will benefit from the wisdom and theological riches in these pages."
—KATHRYN BUTLER, author of Between Life and Death, Glimmers of Grace, and The Dream Keeper Saga
"Whitney Pipkin's profound twenty-year journey—walking with her mother through cancer, confronting death head-on, delving into the depths of our souls, and emerging with rich hope in Jesus—is masterfully captured in We Shall All Be Changed. Her meditation in the house of mourning produced a heart of wisdom, which she generously shares with us in this remarkable book. With unwavering candor, Pipkin weaves her story with biblical insight, creating a luminous roadmap for all who will, are, or have walked with loved ones to the grave."
—ERIC M. SCHUMACHER, author of Ours: Biblical Comfort for Men Grieving Miscarriage and the novella My Last Name
"In We Shall All Be Changed, Whitney takes on a topic we too often avoid but must eventually confront head-on, masterfully weaving together tender personal stories and rock-solid theological truths. I found myself moved to tears several times while reading, simultaneously flooded with memories of my own up-close experience with death and comforted again and again by the gospel of Jesus."
—CAROLINE COBB, singer-songwriter and author of a forthcoming Advent devotional
"As one of Whitney's pastors, I know this book isn't theoretical. It's the fruit of biblical truth that took root in her heart as she walked with Jesus and her mother through the valley of the shadow of death. Personally, my father died not long after Whitney's mother (on the one-year anniversary of her loss), and this book has been tremendous in my own processing of grief. I cannot wait for our covenant members to have her book in hand."
—STUART MCCRAY, associate pastor at Grace Bible Church in Lorton, VA
"As I'm preparing my thoughts to preach at the funeral of a friend's father, I'm reminded that We Shall All Be Changed is a gift to those who mourn and those who will mourn. I've known Whitney and her family, as their pastor, for more than a decade, and I've seen her walk through the fog of grief with arms outstretched to receive God's comfort, wisdom, and grace. In these pages she humbly, generously, and warmly recounts biblical truths that have been transforming for her, and will be for you, as we walk together into the house of mourning to see our glorious Savior reigning over death and leading us through the valley of death's shadow."
—DOUG SACHTLEBEN, lead pastor at Grace Bible Church in Lorton, VA
"I read this book after losing my father. In Whitney's beautiful prose and deep faith, I found ways to see deeper within myself and chart a course for the future. This book is a powerful guide and an indispensable companion for life's most universal experience: processing loss and finding a new way forward."
—DANIEL STONE, bestselling author of The Food Explorer and Sinkable; former National Geographic journalist