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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2008
This book is fabulous. I borrowed it from the library and since has bought several copies for others. I gave to one as a birthday gift and it receives raves as well! Now everyone wants a copy. The word is spreading like fire! An Excellent Read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
"One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life," by Kerry and Chris Shook, is a thirty-day challenge as follows: "If you only had one month to live, what would you change."

The book is separated into 4 parts: live passionately, love completely, learn humbly, and leave boldly. The chapters are designed as daily readings through a 30-day month. Both Kerry and Chris Shook write together, and this is what they conclude:

"You have been given an extraordinary gift--your life. You have an exceptional calling--to be the very best you God created you to be. Your goal is to unwrap this gift and use all that you've been given in the pursuit of what matters most--loving God and loving other people." (page 221).

Unfortunately I found the majority of the book tedious, shallow and boring. The anecdotes and stories seemed contrived and fake, and did not bring any substance to the book whatsoever. The best section of the book was the last, and in the last two chapters you find the bulk of what is truly important--Jesus Christ as the ultimate example.

The significant problem with the book, as with all self-help books, is that it assumes that if you were to live your life as though you had a month to live, everything would be better. Jesus is the perfect example of how to live our lives, and yet, He died a tragic death betrayed by all those he came to save, and all those he loved. The authors would have been better to focus on how best to find joy in every circumstance rather than always asserting that life itself can be better.

Generally I wouldn't recommend the book.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 25, 2008
The Shooks have penned a compelling thirty-day study aid that is as rich as the Purpose Driven Life and should appeal to the same crowd. I have noticed, though, that what you read doesn't change your life unless you invest yourself in it. If you purchase One Month to Live and do nothing but read it, don't expect any major results. Just like we can read the Bible, sit through and amazing sermon, sing our hearts out during worship and leave unscathed, so can you read this book and not see a difference.

One Month to Live could be a tool that changes you from the inside out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2008
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Book Review: One Month To Live by Kerry and Chris Shook

If you had one month to live, would you spend your time differently? One year ago this month, I arrived to the emergency room of our local hospital. My father had been there for 12 hours, trying to find a diagnosis for the pain in his side and yellowing skin. A team of doctors gave him their final statement--pancreatic cancer, less than a year to live. Of course we left in tears, but how we spent the next few months was not easy either.

Kerry and Chris Shook, authors of One Month To Live: Thirty Days To a No Regrets Life, have written a book which raises awareness of this issue. Some of us know when we'll die, but most of us don't. In their profession as pastor and wife, they've witnessed grief and sadness while residing over many funerals. Believing that people need to live as if their time is limited--which it is--Chris first implemented his idea of living awareness at a retreat. There he had staff fill out a daily journal about how they would live differently if they only had one month to live.

My father and mother awkwardly met with my sister, myself, and our spouses for lunch at a restaurant the following day. None of us knew what to say. I could hardly look at my dad with his piercing blue eyes. Mom and Dad began to travel--to visit my brother, grandmother, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, old friends. Dad saw just about everyone, in his own way, saying goodbye. People were important to my father. He'd also really wanted his entire life to see the Grand Canyon, but never did.

"Mortality," the Shooks write, "is the great equalizer." We will eventually all leave this earth. The purpose of One Month To Live is to give the reader "a greater clarity of purpose, and a renewed passion for things that really matter." The book is divided into four sections or weeks which include Make It Count Moments--questions for the reader which will help him examine his life and target what's most important, and Make It Last For Life--ideas on how to utilize each day's focus.

Section One: Live Passionately--Are you putting things off? Thinking you'll get to it in the future? The time is now.

Section Two: Love Completely--People are made to be social and emotional beings. Have sincere relationships with family, your spouse, and your children.

Section Three: Learn Humbly--Your money and looks will not bring contentment. Change needs to begin within. Drop that grudge!

Section Four: Leave Boldly--Leave a lasting legacy. "Our relationships are the only investment that can't be destroyed by a fire or natural disaster or be lost in the stock market."--The Shooks

During my dad's final months, he purchased a convertible red Mustang with a black pull-down roof. He drove it once. He also buried the hatch with all grudges against various individuals he'd been carrying around for a lifetime. Of everything that occurred, that was the most welcoming change. Dad loved people and they loved him back. Do yourself a favor, bury the hatchet, at least for yourself, now and live as if each day was your last. Appreciate the small moments that count.

4 Stars
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2009
I'd quit procrastinating... but I'm not a quitter. "One Month to Live" may actually help you quit procrastinating and get on with living a more intentional, influential life. How will you live your life? Kerry & Chris Shook challenge the reader to sign off on this commitment: "I commit with God's strength to live the next thirty days as if they are my last so I can experience life to the full!" The one chapter a day format is intended to help you make the most of that commitment. Inspirational quotes, Scripture and examples from the authors' lives are used to encourage and motivate the reader. Some will find this book life changing, empowering. Others will agree completely with the main concepts and gain from some of the great quotes and Scripture passages but long for less repetition and more depth. I find myself in the second category. I rate it 3 out of 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2008
This book has made a huge impact on how I view and live my life. Taking everyday to reflect on what is important and what I can do to take life by the horns is a daily reflection during this study!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2012
I hate to hate, but this book is simply preaching the prosperity gospel. This is what's wrong with America's Christians in the first place. Focus on me for 30 days and have a new life. That's not how it works. It's not doing your best to be a better person, it's about falling in love with Jesus Christ and wanting to do anything and everything to please Him. Enough with the self-help books - we need more true Christian books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2008
I recently completed reading this book, one chapter a day for 30 days.

The author caused me to restructure some of my daily activities. Most of us not longer have to choose good from bad, but rather have to choose best from good.

One thing I changed was learning to text message in order to maintain a more regular contact with my grandchildren. 6 out of 8 of them text, and the other two can't wait until they have their own cell phones.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2008
This book was part of a 6-week course offered by our church in small groups. I decided to become involved and bought the book but I never imagined how "deep" it would be, yet it is written in language that is easy to understand and broken down into parcels that are easy to read (one chapter a day) and meditate on. I have almost completed the entire book (it's really hard for me to accomplish reading an entire book in one month because of my busy schedule) and it has been well worth the investment of money and time. I think the chapter topics and examples/illustrations guide you through a thought process that is truly life-changing and I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about making those changes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2008
One Month to Live by Chris and Kerry Shook (hardback)
30 day practical devotional with thought provoking questions and action steps. Will change the way you think about life and living. Read it today.They have also produced a DVD, small group challenge booklet, and daily challenge booklet for One Month to Live. All great tools for idvidual and group study.
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