Cook: The life, death and resurrection of Kelly Gissendaner

The photo shows theologian Jurgen Moltmann, Kelly Gissendaner and Dr. Jenny McBride during Gissendaner's graduation from the Candler School of Theology's Certificate of Theological Studies in 2011.

In 1998, Kelly Gissendaner was convicted of plotting the murder of her husband. The state of Georgia sentenced her to death.

Monday evening, as the sun sets over Georgia, the state plans to execute Gissendaner.

Guards will take her from her 9-by-12 cell, where all her possessions fit on three small prison shelves, to another room with white walls and a tile floor and a medical gurney. It will be the last walk of her life. They will strap her down, swab clean her arms, then inject her with lethal chemicals that will shut down her lungs, her organs, her heart, her brain.

When the state kills her, it will be executing a redeemed and beloved daughter of God.

"She is a totally transformed person," said Dr. Jenny McBride.

McBride, who graduated from Baylor School in 1995, is a leading theologian, activist and author and the current Regents Chair of Ethics at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.