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As Catholics, we believe in the resurrection of the body. We profess it in our creed. We’re taught that to bury and pray for the dead are corporal and spiritual works of mercy. We honor the dead in our Liturgy through the Rite of Christian burial. We do all of this, and more, because when Jesus Christ took on flesh for the salvation of our souls he also bestowed great dignity on our bodies.

In Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body, Scott Hahn explores the significance of death and burial from a Catholic perspective. The promise of the bodily resurrection brings into focus the need for the dignified care of our bodies at the hour of death. Unpacking both Scripture and Catholic teaching, Hope to Die reminds us that we are destined for glorification on the last day.

Our bodies have been made by a God who loves us. Even in death, those bodies point to the mystery of our salvation.

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Dr. Scott Hahn is a renowned speaker, professor, and author, as well as the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center, an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics to read Scripture from the heart of the Church. He is the Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University where he has taught since 1990. Dr. Hahn has been married to Kimberly for forty years, and together they have six children and eighteen grandchildren. Two of their sons are currently in priestly formation with the Diocese of Steubenville. Dr. Hahn’s works include best-selling titles Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb’s Supper, and Hail Holy Queen.

Emily Stimpson Chapman is an award-winning Catholic writer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her books include The Catholic Table, The American Catholic AlmanacThese Beautiful Bones, and The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years. Chapman writes regularly about faith, hospitality, and food at her blog, The Catholic Table (



Hope to Die reminds us that we are made for glory, for eternity in the beautiful city of God. I pray that it will lead many to seek to grow in holiness and love and to know that we are a people made for heaven.”

Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles


“A wise Catholic theologian once said that death is the only thing we really have to look forward to. Scott Hahn beautifully explains the truth inside that paradox, and in doing so leads us into a deeper appreciation of both creation and redemption.”

George Weigel
Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center


This book is an important resource not only for those in ministry but for all Catholics who want to better understand and appreciate our dignity from conception until natural death and beyond.”

Teresa Tomeo
Author and Radio Host of Catholic Connection and The Catholic View for Women


“Hahn has written a book about a topic that affects every single person on this planet: death. It is clear from these pages that his great desire is for readers to understand the truth about themselves, about God, and about their supernatural destiny to be with him in heaven, soul and body.”

Fr. Sebastian White, O.P.
Editor-in-Chief, Magnificat


“Scott Hahn and Emily Stimpson Chapman provide a com­pelling and nourishing account of our reasons to hope in the promise of our own bodily resurrection. Written with intelligence and deep faith, Hope to Die is a testament to the enduring truth that, in Christ Jesus, we shall rise again.”

Fr. Matt Malone, S.J.
Editor in Chief, America Magazine


“This book will help us be the Christian people we are called to be.”

Kathryn Jean Lopez
Senior Fellow, National Review Institute and Editor-at-Large, National Review; Author, A Year with the Mystics


“This is a book that should be read by those who want to prepare for death and to those who are preparing others for death.”

Janet Smith
Author of Self-Gift: Humanae Vitae and the Thought of John Paul II


Hope to Die is the patient, tender, but weighty explanation of why we honor the flesh that awaits its resurrection, redemption, and divinization.”

Damon Owens
Founder of and Former Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute


“‛To be a disciple of Jesus isn’t to see some things differently; it’s to see everything differently.’  So many Christians, in fact, only see some things differently, and more often than not see most things through the lenses of the world.  Scott helps us to see everything differently, and through the lenses of the Scriptures and Church teaching.  What a gift!”

Fr. John Riccardo
Executive Director of Acts XXIX and host of the Christ is the Answer radio program

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2 reviews for Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body

  1. Richard Nye

    When my wife of almost 60 years passed away, this book made a big difference. Blessings.

  2. Jeffrey Morrow

    Scott Hahn and Emily Stimpson Chapman have written a beautiful and important work, Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body. Fundamentally, the work is about the importance of the body, but they explain a host of interrelated areas including the meaning of death, heaven, the Sacraments, and relics. The authors cite the Church’s rich tradition in making hteir points, from contemporary Magisterial teaching, to the Church Fathers and Sacred Scripture. We will all have to face death someday. That we will die, and that all of our loved ones will die, is the one thing we all agree on, and yet, so few of us are prepared for this common end. Hope to Die will help us prepare well for that final moment. Most importantly, it encourages us to live in such a way that we will be well prepared for our own death. The great strength of the book is its encouragement to hope; it shows so clearly how death really is something for which we should long. Rather, God, Whom we will encounter after death, is the one for Whom we should long. Our whole life is oriented toward that final encounter. They write eloquently on how the body itself is a sacrament; it has spiritual significance. I found the book made me want to see God and lovingly contemplate my own life, especially the mysterious parts, the difficulties that have not made sense, in the light of God’s divine illumination–in the light of His fatherly providence. This is a book you will want to read and reread again.

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