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Stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) at age 35, Simmons left his position as a professor of English to return to his native New Hampshire. The author of numerous articles and one previous book, he has crafted essays out of his reflections, understanding, and observations of everyday rural life. Interwoven throughout is Simmons's theme of letting go as a necessary means of embracing life. With a knack for blending the esoteric and the mundane, Simmons presents his own insight into the well-known messages of Western and Eastern spiritual masters, such as Rumi, the Dalai Lama, Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hahn, and Meister Eckhart. As a family man with a degenerative disease, he writes with a marvelous understanding of acceptance, always knowing that tomorrow you still have to do the laundry. Eschewing the saccharine found in other works of this kind, these engaging essays are recommended for public libraries. Andy Wickens, King Cty. P.L., WA
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I am really enjoying this book. I think that it is certainly a different perspective of the disease that we all know about. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Linda DiGiandomenico
Wonderful book, author is excellent at sharing his life despite what he went through and as he faces his imminent death. Really eye openingPublished 18 days ago by Tyrone Martinez
Get this book!!! This is for everyone. Sad but uplifting. Philip Simmons faced ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) with bravery even though he knew it was a journey towards death. Read morePublished 3 months ago by NeoTrinity13
Great book. Thought provoking, reflective. It was very readable and held my interest throughout. I underlined so much to go back to look at.Published 4 months ago by Linda Walls Beauregard
I found it useful and interesting re my "spiritual" life - but it was hard to read.Published 7 months ago by Roberta K. Smith
I have spent a lifetime with the universal struggles which Mr. Simmons has just months to sort out before he passes to the beyond. Read morePublished 7 months ago by larry bergsgaard
One of the most inspiring books I have ever read. I think it is a must read. Also good for book club.Published 8 months ago by karen
Excellent book. Well written. Simmons wrote it from his heart, but many of his shared perceptions were clear and profound. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephen L Byrne