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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing Paperback – March 20, 2012
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About the Author
As well as performing her own songs, Bronnie runs an online personal growth and songwriting course, writes a well-loved blog called Inspiration and Chai, including articles that have been translated into several languages, and is the author of the full-length memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. www.bronnieware.com
Top Customer Reviews
The author's stories about herself are interesting. She obviously has lead a very free and interesting life, but constantly hearing about it loses it's appeal after a while. I was hoping to gain insight and wisdom from the people who were seeing life from their last days. I did get a portion of that, but not nearly as much as I had hoped. Strangely, a lot of the words of wisdom came from the author, which is fine I suppose, but that's not quite what I bought the book for.
Also, the end of the book got really self indulgent in my opinion. I was really feeling like giving the book 4 stars until I neared the end. There's a small portion in those last chapters that summarize her days and lessons learned with her patients, but the last 20% or so of the book is very long winded story telling of her own trials and tribulations through depression and her days as a songwriting instructor at a women's prison. I just didn't get what the point of all that content was. It didn't seem to tie in with the theme of the book at all.Read more ›
The topic of `the regrets of the dying' resonated as I had worked in the early 1980s with physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers on new medical devices to assist in the treatment of cancer. As part of my work, I met and talked with many people who were facing certain death - children, young adults, adults, and elderly. It was a profound and transformative experience, one which I refer to often, particularly when counseling others on life. There is no better way to learn about life and how to live than to spend time with those who are dying. Ware captures these lessons and more in her "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying."
In a conversation prior to reading the book, Bronnie warned me that I might find the book disappointing as it was more about her life journey so I approached the book with some caution. She was wrong, "The Top Five Regrets" far exceeded my expectation and, yes, it included the story of her own journey - a story rooted in a failed relationship, restlessness, beauty, human dignity, love of the other, self-discovery, and eventually personal redemption as she "truly cared" for those who were dying; a story that added fabric to her learnings, learnings that healed and transformed her as she surrendered to the truths of life. This is a book I will savor for years to come.Read more ›
But not to be too negative, it was certainly an interesting reading for me, I enjoyed it and it again reminded me some of the basics, which you need to turn into day in day out to stay on a reasonable path, so that at the end of your life you just do not regret that your time on earth was wasted on unimportant things. Sharing of that aspect is certainly something the author did very well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book, maybe depressive to some, there are good lessons to learn thoughPublished 16 days ago by bc
Bought it off a recommendation. Like previous reviews have stated. Mostly about Bronnie's life. Not so much about the dying.Published 1 month ago by AP Backcountry
This book is heavy but the lessons are beautiful, and should be applied now in our lives, not until we are all the way at the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth Finch
Take care of me in my lasts months of my life!! Love this book. The story line is interesting. It is about what the author has learned in her own life personally. Read morePublished 1 month ago by cc
I have read many "self-help" books over the years but few have affected me like Bronnie's has. Maybe it is because I am a nurse and have witnessed similar stories in my work life... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tammy Coutts