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.
|Contributor(s)||N. D. Wilson|
|About the Contributor(s)|| N. D. Wilson
N. D. Wilson is a best-selling novelist, professional daydreamer, and occasional screenwriter. He enjoys hilltops, callouses, and the smell of rain on hot asphalt. He and his wife have five children, and he is currently a Fellow of Literature at New Saint Andrews College, where he teaches freshmen how to play with words.
|Release Date||Jul 30, 2013|
- Review by Heather
Along with the written words, there are book trailers, youtube videos, and DVDs. READ the "unprofessional bio" on his blog!
Death by Living written after burial and loss in his family, has fallen into my hands from BookSneeze after burying 2 grandmothers. The desperate longing to live a life well lived, to embrace it all and drink every moment in, echoes through me.
As a family, we have often been teased about "having a story for everything". I have taken it as a badge of honour. We are "People of Story". I love the the master storyteller way N.D. Wilson has. You don't feel "preached at" but challenged, thoroughly and deeply, by a friend.
"As it turns out, there is a difference between asserting that life is a story and actually living life like a story. And there is another difference between living life like a story and living life like a good story."
ouch! Am I living life like a good story? Am I teaching my kids to live their stories? (Posted on 9/22/13)
- Review by firestarternow
- Review by Jeanne
Death by Living takes you from birth to death in an imaginative and thought provoking ride. N. D. has a way of going deep, very deep by using a paring knife instead of a razor. I’ve never been spoken to in such a deep way with so few words. Death by Living is chock full of quotable quotes like: “Savor the food knowing that you will have to swallow” This book reveals our misconceptions of death as well as life well lived. He was able to show with great effect the fact that we (all of creation)are all in the same boat. That no one needs a life raft when life itself is in the boat with us. His admonitions are gentle and dangerous (to the bad in us). His humor is over the top. The tears his book emotes are from both pain and joy. He has one hand hanging on to the Father of it all at the same time he grabs your hand. The electricity that moves through him and his writing electrifies, starts fires of encouragement at the same time melts away old fears and wrong delusions. After reading Death by Living I feel as though I know all humans on another level. It moves me to want to embrace them because after all were on this boat together for such a short time. A keeper on the bookshelf for sure. This book was given for free by Thomas Nelson Publishers for the exchange of a review through Booksneeze.com
(Posted on 7/29/13)