- File Size: 468 KB
- Print Length: 188 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 14, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 14, 2013
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A0VP98M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent Kindle Edition
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This can be a quick read, but it is one that should be lingered on and savored.
He takes you on an adventure. He tells the story of his grandfather who fought in World War II, almost died on multiple occasions, and loved evangelism. He shows how living always leads to death, and death is a gift for the living.
Within the framework of his grandfather's life, he encourages, admonitions, and prods us to be grateful for everything we have. He points out how God acts providentially on our behalf and how we have a thousand things daily to be grateful for. He recommends slowing down and considering each of these when we're tempted to feel sorry for ourself.
In the same vein, he joyful embraces God's sovereignty over all of life. He shows how God is sovereign when he saved his grandfather from being killed by a bomb in WWII, and, also, when a friend died when taking a post in the military unexpectedly from a friend. God gives and He takes away. Bless him. He also aptly notes how often "God calls our bluffs and makes narrative hypocrites of us all" (40).
What I appreciated most was the way Wilson took something that's emphasized ad nauseum (life as story. I frequently talk this way) today and makes it fresh. We often tire of truth because it's told so poorly. Wilson thrives as storyteller, but also has the chops to deliver on the theology, worldview, and philosophy behind it all. That's what makes this book enjoyable. It's not your average philosophy book. It's not your average theology book. And it's not your average story-telling book. It's the delightful cocktail of an expert mixologist.