Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sharing Christ with the Dying by Melody Rossi

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.

Reading Sharing 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 the future.

Read an excerpt from Sharing Christ with the Dying on the publisher's website.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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