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Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death

“When my doctor told me I was dying, I came alive.”

What happens when you come face to face with your mortality? When your body fails you, what happens to your faith?

Russ Ramsey was struck by a bacterial infection that destroyed his mitral valve, sending him into heart failure and requiring urgent open-heart surgery. As he faced the possibility of death, he found himself awakened to new realities. In the critical days and months that followed, Ramsey came to see the world through the eyes of affliction. He grappled with fear, anger, depression, and loss, and yet he experienced grace through the suffering that filled him with a hope and hunger for the life to come.

This profoundly eloquent journey gives voice to the deepest questions of the human condition. In the midst of pain, we can see glimpses of eternity. (from IVP)

Reviews for Struck

“In prose allowing the passage of light, Russ Ramsey blazes a trail of affliction and belief…and a faith purged of sentiment. Struck will hearten those adrift in the valleys. You know who you are.”

Leif Enger, author of Peace Like a River

“Earthy, authentic, and full of enduring wisdom, Russ Ramsey has eloquently documented his journey through loss in this personal story. Struck offers hope and honesty in the midst of suffering, displaying a life lived with an open heart before God in all circumstances.”

Sandra McCracken, singer-songwriter

“Russ has told his story, but not just his story. He has told my story of pain and grief and faith and fear and recovery and doubt and help. And he has told yours too.”

Barnabas Piper, author of Help My Unbelief

“A refreshing and honest take on the emotional and spiritual impact of physical struggle…Russ’s words helped me to realize the things I felt while I was going through my own season of affliction.”

Kris Allen, winner of American Idol season 8