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Fred CraddockTo Be a Part of Dying

A Feature Review of

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

Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith and Joy V. Goldsmith

Paperback: Brazos Press, 2012.
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Reviewed by Gary Wake.

Jesus died. He knew he would die and he told his disciples he would die. Peter, in particular, didn’t want to hear it. On the evening before Jesus died his followers refused to believe it and they couldn’t even stay awake to comfort him while he prayed. Like the early disciples, Christ’s disciples today do not seem to want to deal with dying. The church needs help in living and dying as Christ lived and died. Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith and Joy V. Goldsmith wrote Speaking of Dying: Recovering the Church’s Voice in the Face of Death to help the church in the work of following Christ even when members of the church, or those they love, are dying.

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“Facing Death Head On

A Review of
Art of Dying:
Living Fully into the Life to Come

By Rob Moll
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Reviewed by Jasmine Wilson.


Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come
By Rob Moll
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Paperback: IVP Books, 2010.
Buy now: [ ChristianBook.com ]

THE ART OF DYING - Rob MollI once had a philosophy professor who started her Aquinas class on the virtues and vices by having her students write their own eulogy. Her purpose in this exercise is both to introduce students to thinking critically about life, but also to analyze where they are in terms of virtue development. What would people say about me if I were to die now? The second part of the exercise is to write the eulogy that you wish was delivered. What sort of person do I want to be when my life is complete that I perhaps am not right now?

Rob Moll’s book, The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come, has a similar mission. Moll argues that it is only by facing death head on that we can authentically live. His book is a well-balanced mix of historical information about how Christians have practiced death, personal story-telling from his experiences with the dying from his job in hospice and the stories others have shared with him, partly a how-to manual, and partly a foundation for contemplative conversation with friends, complete with a useful discussion guide. All these elements mix incredibly well together to encourage the reader, no matter what age, to think about the best way to die in a Christian manner, and to have conversations with others about it.

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The Work of the People has recently released snippets of their forthcoming film on Stanley Hauerwas.  Here two of those snippets on our fear of dying alone and on sentimentality:

Aloneness from The Work Of The People on Vimeo.


Sentimentality from The Work Of The People on Vimeo.


There also are two other excellent snippets that are available to Facebook users:

HT: Andy Rowell