Book: The Funeral: A Service of Witness to the Resurrection

Philadelphia: Westminster, 1986.104 pp. $8.95.

This book is "Supplemental Liturgical Resource 4" from the Office of Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It is an excellent resource not only for ministry to bereaved families, but also (especially) for planning and conducting funerals. Thoroughly scriptural, the book provides both funeral resources and theological explanation. The funeral liturgy includes the option for celebrating the Lord's Supper, and an appendix lists "Music for the Funeral." As a bonus the book includes a brief "Bibliographic Essay" on funerals in Reformed liturgical sources.

Harry Boonstra (hboonstr@calvin.edu) is former theological editor of RW and emeritus theological librarian of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.