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Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent Hardcover – August 6, 2013
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I don't really even know what to say.
I don't know where to begin, or how to begin.
Or anything really. Not anymore.
This book challenges. It changes. It makes you look.
No, more than look. It makes you hear, think, learn.
So I'm a fan. Officially.
Wilson has a way with words. He's a poet, a storyteller, a spinner of wild tales and far-flung dreams.
He's got a fresh voice. I haven't enjoyed a Christian book so much since I last read C.S. Lewis.
This book took me a long time to read.
Not because I didn't like it, but because every other paragraph I was putting the book down and thinking through what I had just read. Then I was re-reading it and thinking some more. No matter how much I tried, I couldn't just READ. I was forced to think and learn and question and change and grow. Most importantly grow.
Things you will learn:
1. We are all stories.
2. We are not the Author.
3. We are just characters.
4. Not even the main character, just supporting roles.
5. We were chosen, shaped, crafted into exactly who we are supposed to be and who we are supposed to become.
6. We are breathed.
7. We are created.
8. Life is a story.
9. Listen to the stories.
10. We are welcome and wanted in this story.
The story of life.You can almost feel the strain in his fingers as he tries hard to impress upon you how fully your life was meant to be lived.
This book covers so many things. But mostly it's about us not being about us.
We are meant to live our lives for others.
This book is an incredible glimpse into what life is and what it's meant to be.
As Wilson says, "Life isn't complicated, (just hard).Read more ›
The crux of his message comes buried in Chapter 2: “If you think it, live it. If you don’t live it, you don’t really think it. You are not what you think (or what you think you think). You are not what you say you are. You are what you do.” Talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words.
I struggled to get through this book: I prefer books to be linear and organized, and Mr. Wilson seems to prefer the exact opposite. I enjoyed some of his phrasing as he recalled the tales of his grandparents, and for me his choice of stories seemed to match his intended goal. (He wrote in Chapter 2 that “stories are soul food” and nourish us as much as the physical food we eat.) But in the end I was left confused and had to struggle to make sense of the work as a whole. Were I to edit a digest of this I could easily reduce the book to a fraction of its size and still communicate his message.
If you’re interested in spending time indulging in a poetic, very non-linear book encouraging you to make the most of your life, this is the book for you. Otherwise, skip this book for something better. After all life is too short to waste on rambling, incoherent treatises.
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I was glad that I could do both, right now.
You've heard it said that from the minute you're born, you're dying--as if that's a bad thing. N. D. Wilson shows that death is not just the last enemy, it is the calling to which we are called, a calling which we can fear and lament and ignore and refuse (for a while), but only to our harm. You are a pitcher, and you will be poured out. You can be vinegar or you can be wine, but you will poured regardless. You can be dumped out and wasted in the cracks on the sidewalk, or you can be poured into goblets and drunk by others, for others. The choice is yours. Age well. Mellow. Do not despise the Hand that tips you. Do not begrudge the mouths that drink you dry. You follow the Man who shed His blood like wine for you.
"A grim morn, and a glad day, and a golden sunset," wrote Tolkien as Theoden lay dying. "Death by Living" is Wilson's sketch of man's golden sunset as intended by God, captured by words to make your blood pound, ready to be shed. It made me want to grab life around the middle and squeeze, but not forever. I will let go. My life for yours, every day, until I have nothing left, and then I will let go one last time.
"This is my body," Nate says to his children. "May it be broken for you."
The morning is only grim for those who do not know the story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I totally do not get it. I thought I would love this book. I love stuff by his father. I guess I don't care for stream of consciousness writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elevenofus
Same as tilt-awhirl only this wasn't as poetic, I wouldn't get them again of I had to, but everything happens for a reason, they say. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scarson
One of my two favorite books (the other being Wilson's Notes from the Tilt-a-whirl...), this book just speaks to me every time I pick it up and just pick a random page and start to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Caraway
N.D. WILSON writes with such powerful words so beautifully woven into a tapestry of his grandfather life, who apparently lived a life full of living. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mary Streck
Thought provoking, well written book helps the reader think about life as their story. Past, present and future are considered in the context of purposeful living.Published 7 months ago by P. Monroe
Great book Very interesting the way the author describes his fun and adventures like a Tom Thumb ... novel.... Read morePublished 8 months ago by frank r england
Beautiful writing style. It made me laugh and cry in the same chapter. The sentences are full of surprises, ideas presented in new ways, making you think about things you've never... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kirsten M