Spiritual Ponderings on the Journey of Becoming More Like Jesus
Sharing Christ with the Dying - Book Review
we are face-to-face with mortality, we realize how frail we are. No matter how strong and self-sufficient we
may be, during a health crisis, there is no amount of competency or
physical/mental prowess that will escape us from the reality. This can be
terrifying. Sometimes, this is how God
works. The work of the Holy Spirit can
break through the barricades and strong fortress of pride.
dying process is painful but can bring with it new levels of understanding and
the time needed to contemplate one’s spiritual state. It jumps the dying person onto the spiritual
fast track. When we have a loved one who
is dying and we do not know if they are spiritually ready, we have entered a
zone of life-changing significance.
Rossi suffered a surgical mistake after a routine surgery, nearly losing her
life. Her long months of recovery equipped
her with the compassion and patience to help those suffering during a health
crisis, which hit her repeatedly in the following years. She walked alongside each of her parents and
her stepmother, none of whom knew Jesus until at the very end of life. She put on her walking shoes and trusted that
God would make her path clear through each of the relationships as she
ministered to them in their suffering. Even in the most strained times, she
discovered that the most powerful way to gain entrance into someone’s heart is
to serve them. The small, insignificant
tasks opened up opportunities to share.
her book Sharing Christ with the Dying,
Melody Rossi tells her stories and gives practical advice to prepare us to walk
the path with a loved one through the dying process. While
much of the book is spiritual, she also addresses the medical and legal issues
as well as the physical changes that take place before a person dies. She walks us through the procedures that must
take place after death and offers advice.
She ends the book with a chapter on grieving well.
author shows us that illness and death is not just an end, but a beginning, and
that “as we offer a cup of cold water to them in the name of Jesus, the Lord
can use it to quench even the deepest thirst”.
Whether your dying loved one is a believer or not, this book is
practically useful as well as encouraging and shows how to offer both the
physical and metaphorical cup of cold water.
received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for
my honest review.