- File Size: 2109 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ambos Books (August 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074P257G2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Everything You've Ever Done: A Memoir of Unconditional Love and Spiritual Discovery Kindle Edition
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From the Author
As I wrote, I realized I had a story, too. A story of faith and discovery and love. And I realized a lot of the experiences in my life were worth sharing. Over the years, I've learned some stuff about life and death, and darkness and loss, and love and light.
I want Dave's and my story to spread love and light! It's honest and real. It tells the truth: love conquers all and death isn't the end.
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I don't want to make any bones about this, this is not a pretty book. Sure there are some great things that happen, you have an amazing whirlwind love story in the beginning between Amelia and Dave and you will fall in love with them instantly. But not even halfway in the tone of this book changes. You're going to find yourself sad and angry all at once. Amelia has chosen not to sugarcoat this journey one bit so you will rad the mistakes that she and others make while dealing with the onset of Dave's rare brain wasting disease which is mistaken for mental illness at first. You'll feel like you know something is gravely wrong before the people in the book do and that will make you frustrated with them. Amelia is very brave to share her personal story like this Keep going through these rough spots and you will be rewarded.
Following Amelia and Dave and their eclectic group of family and friends made me feel like I was a part of their group. As you read about Dave's decline you will grieve, you'll miss a person that you've never even met, at least that was the case with me. I got the impression that Dave was a force of nature and it's my misfortune for not having known him.
If I have any complaint about the book it's a small one, there is a smattering of spirituality throughout the book but it doesn't seem to be of any real substance. At a couple points in the book Amelia speaks about praying to Jesus, Buddha and Yoda from Star Wars of all things. I'm a fairly eclectic Christian but felt the praying to fictional characters a little strange. The meditations and the background on the Tibetan Book of Life and Death is very interesting also. I also feel like I want to read some Ram Dass at some point because of reading this book.
There is music throughout and I found myself bringing up songs that the book mentions while I read. It made me feel even more apart of these peoples lives. I could not read this book quickly, there is much to digest and it took me a couple months to get through even though it's not very long. If you find that is the case with you keep with it, you will be rewarded. This book solidifies the idea that love never dies and we are connected to those we love even after death. As my good friend was dying this was an appreciated comfort. FOr anyone who has ever dealt with grief or death I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Painful and brutally honest. Relentless adversity and grief, transcended through enduring love, community and gratitude.
An awesome, and deeply human story, laced with the wisdom of music and outdoor adventure. It would make a great film!