By Eddie Sharp and Cheryl Mann Bacon
Release Date: February 12, 2019
To comfort others is to share the love and presence of God.
The call to ministry in the name of Jesus holds many delights, joys, and encouragements. Yet the ministry of comfort—serving those who are dying or affected by death and grief—can be hard, forcing us to come face-to-face with human mortality. These moments in ministry take us into the colder shadows of life, but the world needs faithful men and women to serve the dying and the grieving—no hiding places, no excuses.
Comfort When the Shadow Falls is a reflective, compassionate, and holistic examination of how Christ calls us to minister in the shadow of death. Not only does it consider the biblical foundation for life, death, and hope, it offers seasoned, practical advice on how to serve the dying, come alongside grieving families, lead in funeral service for expected or sudden losses, and minister to the grieving unchurched in our communities.
Eddie Sharp has been in pastoral and preaching ministry for more than forty-five years. Serving churches in Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas, he has been called to minister at more than five hundred funerals and speaks often to ministers in training about the challenges and opportunities inherent in times of loss and grief. Sharp earned his DMin from Abilene Christian University, where he currently serves as a senior consultant in the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry.
Cheryl Mann Bacon has spent her career in higher education and public relations. She earned her EdD in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University. She served for twenty years as chair of the Journalism and Mass Communication department at Abilene Christian University. Through this role, and as a leader in church communications leader among churches where she has worshiped, she began a life-long ministry of assisting organizations in crisis and writing obituaries.
Dimensions (inches) 5.5 x 8.25