Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Review: DEATH BY LIVING by N. D. WILSON

Title: DEATH BY LIVING
Author: N. D. WILSON
Category: Religion/NonFiction
Pub. Date: 07/30/2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Format: Kindle
Pages: 208
ISBN#: 0849965039

Synopsis:  
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.
 
 


My Review:  
Well lets see here, my thoughts on this book is somewhat different than that I first thought they would be.  I have went back and forth on this for the last couple of nights. 

I, in some ways enjoyed reading about author N. D. Wilson's life growing up and the trips and so forth. But in some ways the book seemed to draw things out so I had some trouble with finishing some parts. But then it would draw me back in on another level. 

So due to those feelings I am going to say that it is a good clean read, an uplifting read in some ways. It also gives you reasons to change things if you are not happy in them. And I recommend that you pick this book up and read for yourself. 

And so due to the above I am giving this book as of now a Breath of Life Rating of:

Four Clock Rating!!!

Disclosure: I did receive this book in exchange for my review. But the opinions are mine, your opinion may differ, and that is fine with me.

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About the Author:  




N. D. Wilson is the author of Leepike Ridge, a children's adventure story, and 100 Cupboards, the first installment in a multi-world fantasy series. He enjoys high winds, milk, and night-time. He received his Masters degree from Saint John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, is the managing editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine and is also a Fellow of Literature at New Saint Andrews College. His writing has appeared in Books & Culture, The Chattahoochee Review, and Esquire

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