In 28 months, Melody Rossi walked the valley of the shadow of death with her mother, step-mother, and father. Her heart’s desire was to see them accept Christ. The Holy Spirit led Rossi to take on the servant role as she put on the tunic of caregiver and the shoes of the gospel of peace, walking as the Holy Spirit led her, waiting on guidance.
Rossi shares practical advise as well as spiritual insight.
The dying process, though painful on so many levels, brings a new understanding that the physical world is not the complete picture and allows the person times to contemplate the significance of this.
Rossi warns caregivers to take care of themselves, both spiritually and physically. She learned to establish boundaries with her loved ones that ensured times away from the dying loved ones … times of refreshment. She found that a Precept Bible study on the covenants of God was particularly helpful. As a Precept Upon Precept Leader and student, I appreciated her application of Scripture throughout her book.
The reader learns what to expect of the dying loved one as well as the caregiver, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Rossi reminds the reader that the caregiver is not alone. The caregiver should rally a team of people and resources to help. Rossi explains how to do this.
Rossi shares her grieving seasons … how she felt, resources she took advantage of, and her insights.
This book is a must-read for those who are walking their loved ones Home, whether believers or not. It is practical, hopeful, and graceful.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.
My prayer for you
Gracious Father, thank You for Melody Rossi and her message of hope and servanthood. As we walk our loved ones home, guide us as we patiently reflect Your love and Your salvation. Show us the path to reveal the Gospel to our loved ones who do not know You. Thank You, Lord, that You are working even when we don’t recognize it.