Death by Living

Death by Living

Book - 2013
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A poetic portrait of faith, futility, and the joy of this mortal life.

In this astoundingly unique book, bestselling author N.D. Wilson reminds each of us that to truly live we must recognize that we are dying. Every second we create more of our past--more decisions, more breathing, more love and more loathing, all of it slides by into the gone as we race to grab at more moments, at more memories made and already fading.

We are all authors, creators of our own pasts, of the books that will be our lives. We stare at the future or obsess about the present, but only the past has been set in stone, and we are the ones setting it. When we race across the wet concrete of time without purpose, without goals, without laughter and love and sacrifice, then we fail in our mortal moment. We race toward our inevitable ends without artistry and without beauty.

All of us must pause and breathe. See the past, see your life as the fruit of providence and thousands of personal narratives. What led to you? You did not choose where to set your feet in time. You choose where to set them next.

Then, we must see the future, not just to stare into the fog of distant years but to see the crystal choices as they race toward us in this sharp foreground we call the present. We stand in the now. God says create. Live. Choose. Shape the past. Etch your life in stone, and what you make will be forever.

Publisher: Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, 2013.
ISBN: 9780849920097
Branch Call Number: 234.23 Wilson 08/2013
Characteristics: xiii, 190 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 03, 2017

Whoa. This book was really, really powerful. It talked about death and how that can influence the way we live, and the personal details made it come alive. N.D. Wilson is very good at bringing emotion to this important subject, and he adds humor as well. One of the better books I've read recently.

May 12, 2015

I love this book! It's so much fun to read! I'm a die-hard N. D. Wilson fan, though, so...Yeah

Apr 22, 2014

The author talks about death to heighten appreciation of life. A beautiful book.

Apr 22, 2014

Silly. Author thinks he is brilliant however.


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