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Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals
Applying the Gospel at the Unique Challenges of Death - Ministering the Masterís Way
by Brian Croft & Phil A. Newton
Publisher:Day One Publications
This is an accessible, easy to read book on the subject of funerals. Written for the benefit of those called upon to conduct a funeral service it is full of practical Biblical-based wisdom.
Requests to take funerals tend to arrive on a ministerís doorstep with little notice and can involve a wide variety of situations. There is helpful advice of how to work with the funeral director, how to deal with funerals for those the minister does not personally know and for those who have died in tragic circumstances.
For me the most helpful part is advice on how to include the Gospel message in services with sensitivity and compassion. There are some excellent examples of funeral sermons in an appendix.
This slim volume will be a special help to those about to enter the ministry but who have never conducted a funeral.
My only criticism is that there are 18 pages of endorsements, prefaces and introductions. For a book that is only 105 pages long this seems a bit excessive!
Reviewer: Alan Hill (28/08/12)