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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781441264374
ISBN-13: 9781441264374
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Publisher's Description

A Loving and Compassionate Guide to Talking With Your Family and Friends About Jesus

Melody Rossi saw God work in the hearts of three close family members after she had nearly given up hope that they might believe before dying. As their hearts softened to the gospel message she witnessed their spiritual births.

These experiences inspired Melody to write this practical book filled with hope, joy, and wisdom. When your friend or family member is facing death, here is the help you need to share Christ in loving, nonconfrontational ways. It will show you how to

· Serve in ways that speak louder than words
· Respond to signs of spiritual openness
· Discuss matters of eternal importance
· Cope with the ups and downs of this difficult time

In addition, it offers you spiritual care, answering your questions about end-of-life issues, and addressing your grief and loss.

Author Bio

Melody Rossi suffered a surgical error that nearly took her life. Her long recovery became a pivotal point in her Christian walk and gave her tremendous compassion for those with serious illnesses. Melody subsequently founded Cloud and Fire Ministries, an organization that evangelizes, disciples, and educates at-risk youths.
She and her husband live in Granada
Hills, California
. Learn more at
www.cloudandfire.org.

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  1. SoaringEagle
    USA
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Helpful Book
    August 15, 2014
    SoaringEagle
    USA
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My reason for requesting this book as one of my review books is because I have family who are getting older. Some of them do not know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. I was expecting that this book would help me by giving me ideas or suggestions on what to do or say.

    I can recommend that Sharing Christ with the Dying - Bringing Hope to Those Near the End of Life by Melody Rossi, has met my expectations. She has experience in helping three family members through this end of life journey and into a new life in Christ, no matter how short that time is.

    This book is divided into four parts: 1. Who Shall Go?; 2. What You Need Along the Way; 3. No Turning Back; 4. Journey's End. Each part has 4-5 chapters. Some topics are hope, unlikely converts, a road map (know the destination), spiritual warfare, God's covenant love, the invisible work, the home going, grieving well. Throughout this book, Melody shares her personal experiences. She shares lots of advice, suggestions on what to say and do/not do.

    I recommend this book to all who would like guidance in this area.

    I received this complementary copy of this book from Bethany House in return for my honest review.
  2. Victory Girl
    NW Washington
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Be a servant
    August 9, 2014
    Victory Girl
    NW Washington
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you ever wondered what you might say about Jesus to someone who is dying that doesn't know Him? I have, and I must admit to being quite intimidated by what to say.

    "Sharing Christ with the Dying" by Melody Rossi is an enlightening book about witnessing to others during their last days on this earth. Mrs. Rossi gives simple ideas (like witnessing by actions vs. words, asking questions to find out about why they feel the way they do about God, etc.) that may open discussion and lead others to a saving faith. I appreciated that she reminds us that it isn't "us" that does the work on a person's "heart", but the Holy Spirit. The author takes any guilt we may feel about the person's response, or lack, because it isn't up to us to save them.

    Mostly what I learned from this book is that during this time in a person's life, we are called to be servants. We are to help when and where we can. We may be the ones to plant the seed of salvation, water it, or watch it blossom. But mostly, try to listen and be willing to do what the Spirit leads us to do.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you, Bethany House!
  3. Jolene
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    How to Come Alongside what God is Doing....
    July 13, 2014
    Jolene
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    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."
  4. Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gentle, Persistent, and Honest.
    July 6, 2014
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a book that you should probably buy and read before you need to sit beside a loved one's bed. Sharing Christ with the Dying is a book that, like it's title, pulls no punches.

    This book squares up with the reality of death and everything we feel when we encounter it. Melody Rossi is open hearted, gentle, and persistent, and she's writing from personal experience. In one short period of time, three of her family members died.

    This world is broken. Death is the most abnormal thing ever. Death is the last enemy to be conquered when all is set right again.

    And for now Death claims those people we love. Or so it seems.

    Because death is a door and not an end, it is both our greatest honor and deepest struggle to help somebody die. It will take more from us than anything else, and yet it will give so much to us. It will empty us of everything and fill us at the same time.

    This book wound up in my hands mere days after my Grandmother went home to Glory. The moment of her death was a "She did it!" moment. Those words were spoken by my Uncle who was one of her primary caregivers. He said this with amazement, because at the end it was all her and God, and we were merely witnesses.

    Tending to the body, ministering to the soul, and loving the person. That's our calling.

    If your loved one has been a believer for years, they will need your support and prayers and embraces and encouraging words.

    And if they don't trust God, they are unlikely to listen to talk of Heaven and His hope unless they trust you and know they are loved.

    Melody Rossi writes about difficulties, sweet moments, and some things to expect as a person draws close to Heaven- both emotionally and physically. My Mother said that this book helped her process some of the things she saw with my Grammy. Before reading this book, she thought she may have been imagining things.

    She talks about Do Not Resuscitate Orders and late night talks. She talks about Hospice care and praises those who work in Hospice. Because of them, my Grammy was surrounded by laughing and hugging and music (Kelly Mooney's Hallelujah) and food and drink (lobster, anyone? Our cousin was convinced she hid the lobster in her bedside table.) as long as she could take it. She had cardinals at the window feeder and sunlight spreading over her bed and nurses who hid Angel wings under their scrubs.

    Someday there will be a Hello and no more Goodbyes.

    Thank you Bethany House for my review copy.
  5. Rachel Haugaard
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very practical on many levels
    June 26, 2014
    Rachel Haugaard
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Even though I'm not currently watching a loved one go through the dying process, I really appreciated the chance to read this book. None of us know how long we will have here on earth and it's good to not only be prepared for our OWN time to go, but also be prepared to help others as they approach the end of their life.

    Melody suffered a medical accident and nearly died herself. She then was one of the primary caregivers in each case as her mother, father, and stepmother suffered from cancer or a stroke. She's shared here what she has learned not only about how to care for and support your loved one as they near the end of life, but also how to care for yourself and your family (being a caregiver is exhausting, hard, and often thankless work, and you need to make sure that you take a break now and then for the sake of all involved), and also how to minister and witness to those loved ones as they see the end approaching and become more spiritually/eternally aware. In her case, all 3 of her parents (mother, father, and stepmother) were not believers and were very opposed to being witnessed to during their lives. But as they grew sicker and realized the end was coming, they opened their hearts and minds to the gospel and Melody believes all 3 were saved before they died.

    This book is divided into four parts: Who Shall Go? (preparing yourself to serve, minister, and witness to a dying loved one), What You Need Along the Way (a very practical section covering everything from what cues to look for when you're waiting for opportunities to share Christ to what documents you need to keep on hand to help assist with your loved one's medical care to how to assemble a support team for yourself as the caregiver to keep yourself from getting burned out or discouraged), No Turning Back (covers dealing with the spiritual warfare you will encounter, and looking ahead to the end in practical ways such as talking to your loved one about the funeral and making plans/arrangements towards that end), and Journey's End (talking about how to give practical and spiritual comfort to your loved one in their last days or hours, things to do to help them get closure with situations or events or people in their lives, and physical changes to watch for to help you prepare for the end. It also covers details such as what to expect immediately following a death in your home, such as when you need to call 911 or when hospice can assist you, etc.). I found the whole book to be immensely practical both from a spiritual and physical point of view. It's not JUST a book on how to witness, and it's not JUST a book on how to be a good caregiver, it's a book on how to show love, comfort, mercy, and kindness to someone who doesn't have much longer on this earth, and as a result of your love, that person may open their hearts and minds to the Christ whose love you are demonstrating day by day in practical ways. I really appreciated this book and I hope others will as well! It's not a long book (only 187 pages) but she has packed a lot of hope, comfort, and good advice into those pages.

    I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.
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