The Funeral and Wedding Handbook
by: Robert Blair
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If you're looking for a planning resource to help you deal with funerals and weddings, this book is worth its weight in gold. Pastors are repeatedly called on to perform these ceremonies in an infinite variety of circumstances, yet there's no one-size-fits-all service, so it's a constant challenge to come up with meaningful and appropriate material that witnesses to the Lord's power. In this book an experienced minister shares a wealth of ideas that help you tailor services to individual needs, making these complicated occasions ones of impact and success for your ministry. The Funeral and Wedding Handbook shows you how to deal with difficult funerals suicides, infants, non-Christians, and many more. Effectively comfort the hurting. Plan memorable weddings from premarital counseling to the recessional march. Be prepared for the overlooked details and unexpected events that often arise during funeral and wedding services.

“Robert Blair's book stands alone as a comprehensive resource for both ministers and caregivers. Though systematic, the book is filled with examples from Blair's 40-plus years in the ministry, which makes the book dynamic, credible, and filled with wisdom. Underlying this work is Blair's humble, but all-encompassing devotion to Christ. An essential resource for all involved in funerals and weddings, this book is one of a kind.”

Mike Inman
Chaplain, Hospice of Siouxland
Sioux City, Iowa

“I have found Robert Blair's The Funeral and Wedding Handbook to be very helpful. It is well-written, informative, practical, and contemporary for today's minister. It is a great resource book, both for students preparing for ministry and those who have for many years served the Lord's people during these very important stages in life. Having this book is like having a good friend who's always ready to answer the how to and what to questions that come up in these situations. I highly recommend it to all ministers.”

Ron Bontrager
Instructor, Sunset International Bible Institute
Lubbock, Texas

About the Author:

Bob “retired” from fulltime ministry in August 1991, after preaching for the Hollywood, California, Church of Christ 28 years. He served on the board of managers of the Wilshire YMCA and was a member of the Hollywood High School Advisory Council. He chaired the Council’s Student Motivation and Conduct Committee. Bob led a popular Bible class for business and professional people in the Hollywood area and has conducted hundreds of funerals and weddings throughout the country.

Bob authored The Minister’s Funeral Handbook published by Baker Book House in 1990. College Press published his Funeral and Wedding Handbook in 1995.  In 2001 a second edition of The Funeral and Wedding Handbook was published by CSS Publishing. It stills sells well and was recently selected to be on His articles have appeared in Leadership and 21st Century Christian.

Norma, his wife of fifty plus years (a 1955 graduate of Tigard (OR) High), and Bob live on an acreage 11 miles southwest of Cleghorn, Iowa. It’s near the most remote place in the state—and also the coldest. Their four children and their spouses produced five grandchildren. Bob does fill-in preaching every Sunday. He loves to play racquetball and golf, but says he isn’t very good at either sport. He’s also an unrepentant train buff. Bob and Norma enjoy taking walks together near their rural home accompanied by their frisky farm dog and super-ugly but loveable cat.

Their greatest interest is in serving the kingdom of God. To that end, they host a weekly Bible study (Norma does most of the work) in their home. Every Tuesday people of many denominations pack all available square footage of their living and dining rooms. Bob also conducts many personal Bible studies and continues to lead people to Jesus. He is one of the most sought-after preachers in Northwest Iowa. Bob received a B.A. in English and Religion from Pepperdine College and an M.A. in Religion from Pepperdine. You may write to him at PO Box 176, Cleghorn, IA, 51014. He’s sentimentally stuck in the mid-20th century and is reluctant to do Email.

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