No one wants to think about the death of a loved one. Knowing that an individual is not ready spiritually to cross from this life to the next can be a source of turmoil to anyone who believes that salvation through Christ is the only way to reach heaven after death. Melody Rossi knows the difficulty of dealing not only with a loved one's physical illness, but also the spiritual threat to the dying person. By following the leading of the Holy Spirit in multiple ways and covering her loved ones with prayer, Rossi witnessed the spiritual births of her mother, father and step-mother. In Sharing Christ with the Dying, Rossi shares her personal story as well as gives guidance on matters such as: how to show the love of Christ by serving, how to hold on to hope, how to recognize and respond in the moments of spiritual openness, and what to expect spiritually and physically from a dying individual.
Christ with the Dying by
Melody Rossi helped me to understand more about how to talk to my
loved ones about spiritual matters. Having walked this journey
multiple times, Rossi seemed like a wise, experienced friend who
offered compassion, encouragement and Biblical-based reasons to hope.
I come from a background with a lot of emphasis on verbal witnessing
and somehow I learned it was my responsibility to save a soul. I had
the mindset that if I could do everything just right, then my loved
ones would turn to Jesus. However, I've come to see that I'll never
be perfect and Rossi made a statement that resonated with me, “It
is not your
responsibility to save that soul. That is the job of the Holy Spirit,
and anything done apart from Him will fail (pg 34).” The theme of
this book really is about coming alongside what God is already doing
and working with Him to lead another person to know Christ. Each
unsaved person's journey will be different, but Rossi gives some
broad tips that can apply to many situations. Additionally, there is
a section of questions for the reader to answer to help him or her
identify a path of service and to better understand the backgrounds
and needs of the dying person.
I highly recommend Sharing
Christ with the Dying by
Melody Rossi to anyone who has a dying loved one that does not know
Christ. There is so much information that I'm getting ready to read
it through again and I know I'll be keeping it to refer back to in
Read an excerpt from Sharing Christ with the Dying on the publisher's website.
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