A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know
This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science–and between death and hope–as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.
Dr. W. Lee Warren, a practicing brain surgeon, assumed he knew most outcomes for people with glioblastoma, head injuries, and other health-care problems. Yet even as he tried to give patients hope, his own heart would sink as he realized, I’ve seen the end of you.
But it became far more personal when the acclaimed doctor experienced an unimaginable family tragedy. That’s when he reached the end of himself.
Page-turning medical stories serve as the backdrop for a raw, honest look at how we can remain on solid ground when everything goes wrong and how we can find light in the darkest hours of life.
I’ve Seen the End of You is the rare book that offers tender empathy and tangible hope for those who are suffering. No matter what you’re facing, this doesn’t have to be the end. Even when nothing seems to makes sense, God can transform your circumstances and your life. And he can offer a new beginning.
"Dr. Lee Warren has a rarified vantage point, for he makes a living by entering the most secluded—and most sacred—part of a person: the human brain. The patients in this book have stories worthy of a novel, and Dr. Warren does them justice, describing their medical crises in gripping prose while also facing the questions that emerge to test his faith."
- Philip Yancey
author of such books as What’s So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew
"Is this book worth your time? A few questions will help you decide: Do you appreciate fine writing? Are you willing to have your faith stirred? Would you like to eavesdrop on the thoughts of a brilliant surgeon? Could you benefit from some warm, vibrant, incisive contemplations about this difficult, untidy, wonderful thing called human life? If you answered yes to any or all of these, you are holding the right book. Enjoy it. I certainly did."
- Max Lucado
pastor and best-selling inspirational author
"In beautiful, haunting, powerful prose, I’ve Seen the End of You will inspire you, make you cry, and ultimately help you see God and suffering in a new way."
- Daniel G. Amen, MD
Physician, psychiatrist, best-selling author, and founder of Amen Clinics
"With the death rate still at 100 percent, we all will face hard conversations and experiences with ones we love. The pain will always come. But having someone who can explain the pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual—from the inside is invaluable. I’ve Seen the End of You gives us that kind of help. It’s a difficult read at times because of Lee’s honest wrestling with the questions we face at these moments—which is why we can trust him as a guide. He even helps us with the tough conversations with God because he’s been there too. As a hospital chaplain who has conversations every day like the ones Lee describes, I’m grateful for what this book teaches me and those of us who face death daily."
- Dr. Jon Swanson
chaplain at Parkview Regional Medical Center
"As I lay nearly lifeless on a gurney in early April 2005 in Balad, Iraq, God used Dr. Warren’s expertise, tenderness, encouragement, grace, and love to save my life. And now, in this book, Dr. Warren’s words are not only encouraging but also thought provoking as he helps us all understand our individual purpose on this amazing journey of life. I urge everyone to read I’ve Seen the End of You because your life will be forever changed."
- Scotty Smiley
author of Hope Unseen and CEO of Bellator Asset Management
"Dr. Lee Warren’s book is so well written that it will be hard to put down. It will challenge you and encourage you to live life to the fullest, never doubting that we have a great Creator who has a remarkable purpose for us all. A must-read!"
- Tiffany Smiley
president of Hope Unseen, founder of More Than Me, and advocate for veterans and caregivers