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Speaking of Dying: Recovering the Church's Voice in the Face of Death

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The church does not cope very well with dying. Instead of using its own resources to mount a positive end-of-life ministry for the terminally ill, it outsources care to secular models, providers, and services. A terminal diagnosis typically triggers denial of impending death and placing faith in the techniques and resources of modern medicine. If a cure is not forthcoming, ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Brazos Press
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David Wood
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Speaking of Dying: Recovering the Church's Voice in the Face of Death is a timely book.

As the authors make clear, this book is not a theology of death (hope, eternal life, etc.), but is a theology of dying. Big difference. Essentially what the book intends to accomplish is to help the church recover its voice and its role in the process of dying. Why is this important? Partly because we live in a culture that is reluctant to admit the inevitability of death let alone the process of dying (and pa
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Richard Brand
Dec 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
The authors may be correct that the church does not deal with the dying very well, but I did not think they wrote about very well either. They talked about what they were going to say over and over and never said it. I found it very repetitive and vague. I heard lots about the 10 stories and yet somehow missed them. I think I remember reading about three pastors. For a book with Fred Craddock's name to it, this was poor communications. I eventually just began to skim, and think I got the message ...more
Raymur Downey
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book provides a thorough biblical foundation that comforts and guides in one's lifelong journey that ultimately ends with death, a journey that all of us share. It pleads for the church to recover her rightful place in showing how Christ's approach to his own death gives confidence in face of our own ultimate destiny. This book, provided as a courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Brazos Press, is the best I have read on the subject, and comes highly recommended.
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Fred Craddock (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is a widely acclaimed preacher and author, selected by Newsweek as one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. He has written numerous books on preaching, several commentaries, and The Cherry Log Sermons. He lives in Cherry Log, Georgia.
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