A Memoir on the Meaning of Life and Death – A Walk Through the Churchyard

a Walk through the ChurchyardThe Rev. Rob Gieselmann is someone I’d call a TellTale Soul.  He’s written a truly heartfelt memoir looking at the  space in between life and death as an insider who has intimately walked the walk.  If you know anyone who has lost a loved one or needs a shoulder to lean on when death looks on, I highly recommend this little book.  The following is the review I couldn’t resist writing and posting on his page on Amazon.

I didn’t read  “a Walk through the Churchyard toward a spirituality of Christian death”, I “felt” this memoir seep into every part of my being as I took in Rev. Rob Gieselmann’s experiences and listened to his messages.  They will stay with me, always.

Eloquent and honest, this little book, of only 119 pages, is a beautifully moving memoir of extraordinary power.  I was deeply touched as Rev. Rob Gieselmann gathered poignant thoughts and expressed intimate feelings, often by putting forth questions—some resolved, some not—about death.  And life.  He left space between simple, yet, elegant prose to allow me to be personally touched, to hunger for even more answers, and to contemplate the meaning of surrender.

Laura declaring a holy place, pinpricks through the veil, stars born of death, ghosts lingering in shadow, the living God, solitude as sanctity, palm-kisses pressed to cheeks, and Sam’s kiss marking a surrender into peace all became Rev. Rob’s kiss to me and to the rest of the world in sharing this book with us. I will turn to “a Walk through the Churchyard” again and again. And, in turn, I’ll share his walk of grace with others.

Thank you, Rev. Rob, for courageously revealing raw emotion and imparting thought-filled ideas and complex truths that must, at times, have been difficult to relive. Tate and Tilly have, in your memoir, an extraordinary gift from a loving father.

Amen. (Click to see more reviews and peruse Gieselmann’s book that captures character and spirit in a Christian context.)


  1. Pamela says:

    Thanks for the review. I don’t think I would have known of this book if I didn’t read about it here – and I will be sure to buy it.

  2. admin says:

    A Walk through the Churchyard is so worthwhile – some many thing to contemplate. I’ve given Rob Gielsmann’s book to two friends recently, and they agreed.

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